Ramblings: Hoffman Traded Twice, NHL Awards and Draft Predictions (June 20)

Ian Gooding

2018-06-20


That was quite a day for Mike Hoffman, first being dealt to the Sharks, then getting flipped to the Panthers. After he had been labelled as damaged goods, who would have thought that he would have gotten traded twice in one day?

Here is Mike Clifford’s fantasy take on the Hoffman deals and how they affect all of Ottawa, San Jose, and Florida. He mentioned the possibility of Florida not wanting to break up its top six after a successful second-half run. That could happen, but I think the more likely scenario is that Hoffman is on the outside looking in on the Panthers’ first-unit power play. But he can still score in spite of having lacking first-unit power-play time. In his first full season he scored 27 goals, even though only one of those goals was on the power play. Either way, there are more scoring options in Florida than Ottawa right now, so there’s reason for optimism if you’re a Hoffman keeper owner.

If Hoffman does in fact land on the third line, then this trade could help the value of Jared McCann. A former late first-round pick of the Canucks, McCann came on late in the season with 12 points (3g-9a) in 22 games. Maybe a late-round sleeper in deeper leagues right now, though.  

The upcoming season will be important for Hoffman as far as putting this recent controversy behind him. If you’ve got a bit of risk taker in you, it might even represent a bit of a buy-low opportunity for your fantasy team. Just ask Doug Wilson, who managed to earn a profit in terms of draft picks along with clearing all-important cap space. If Wilson manages to land one of John Tavares, John Carlson, or Ilya Kovalchuk to improve his team as a result of moving the Mikkel Boedker contract, he could turn into the big winner of the summer.

One other point: If we didn't know about the reported accusation toward Hoffman's girlfriend, wouldn't the big story of the day be about how the Senators got robbed in this deal? Obviously Wilson out-GMed Pierre Dorion here, but we're not going to be so quick to judge Dorion now that we know more of the facts. 

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You probably heard the Artemi Panarin trade rumors by now. Now the Flyers are reportedly discussing trading Wayne Simmonds. Yes, this is silly season. This is going t