Fantasy Impact: Penguins Trade for Derick Brassard

steve laidlaw

2018-02-23

 

EDITORS NOTE: THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE ADJUSTMENTS FROM THE INITIALLY REPORTED TRADE

 

Fantasy Impact: The Pittsburgh Penguins acquire Derick Brassard, Vincent Dunn, Tobias Lindberg and a 2018 third-round pick in a three-way trade including the Vegas Golden Knights and Ottawa Senators. Vegas gets Ryan Reaves and a 2018 fourth-round pick. While Ottawa gets Ian Cole, Filip Gustavsson, a 2018 first-round pick and a 2019 third-round pick.

 

The Penguins get: A veteran centerman to fill the hole on their third line that they never filled after Nick Bonino left in free agency. They also get a couple of middling forward prospects in Dunn and Lindberg.

 

The Senators get: A solid goaltending prospect, a good draft pick upgrade, salary relief (although they did retain some of Brassard’s deal) and a modest pro defenseman required to make the cap work for Pittsburgh.

 

The Golden Knights get: One of the rare enforcers who can skate a regular shift in the league, but still one who doesn’t fit where the league is trending. They also add to their draft pick coffers, all in exchange for renting their cap space and dollars. It doesn’t seem worth it.

 

Fantasy Players Impacted: As loaded as the Penguins are, this likely hurts Brassard more than it helps him. He goes from a feature top-six role in Ottawa alongside Mark Stone, who is in the midst of a breakout season, into a third-line role in Pittsburgh. Sure, that third line is looking awfully juicy with Jake Guentzel and Phil Kessel on the wings, but those two have done much more damage on the power play than at even strength and Brassard won’t come close to sniffing top power play usage in Pittsburgh. Kessel has scored like a second liner at eve