Players on the Move? (Part 1)

Chris Liggio

2018-02-02

 

With the trade deadline looming at month’s end, we’re close enough to look at some assets that could soon be on the move to Stanley Cup contenders. The following are players I’m assuming to have a strong chance at being in different area codes come the end of the month. Each of these players warrants utilization full-time or occasionally in the fantasy landscape based on league size and they certainly have provided assistance in one statistical category or more for their owners. Should they find themselves in greener pastures come the deadline, each of them stands to increase their contributions to your respective squads.

 

Rick Nash

 

If you follow my writings here at all you may recall several times how I have no problem verbally eviscerating my favorite team. The time to sell off the assets is upon the Rangers and commit to a full scale rebuild. Whether or not that happens is highly debatable with James Dolan writing the checks, but they need to listen in on offers for the likes of Henrik Lundqvist, Michael Grabner, Mats Zuccarello, Ryan McDonagh, and especially impending UFA Rick Nash. No question Nash is beyond his offensive prime but from a fantasy standpoint he is still a quality depth option with 15 goals on the season and providing a healthy dose of shots with 157 to this point, averaging to at least three per game.

 

The break was ill-timed for Nash as he was in the midst of one of his customary goal scoring hot streaks that owners have been waiting on for quite some time this campaign. Positively thinking though, this can only help bolster his attractiveness to a contender coupled with his well-rounded three-zone play. Whether or not the Rangers deal him away, Nash can still provide a 25-goal campaign coupled with 250 plus shots this year. Though he may not be as dangerous a goal scorer as he once was, there is still immense value in retaining his services on your fantasy roster as a viable depth option. Should he be dealt to an organization more potent offensively, these totals stand to increase.

 

David Perron

 

Jonathan Marchessault, James Neal, William Karlsson; these are the names that always seemingly arise when speaking of the impressive Golden Knights inaugural campaign. Yet unfathomably nobody seems to want to give David Perron his due justice being on pace for a 70-plus point year for several months now. In the 15 games prior to the break he had a seven-game point streak followed by a five-game point streak that he extended to six in the first game back. As someone who has owned Perron since relatively early on this campaign, it’s really shocking to me that he does not get much love despite his accomplishments. Beyond the fantastic pace he’s maintained all year, Perron’s also on track to provide his