Some follow up on some more defensemen affected by the Erik Karlsson trade, some of which were mentioned in the comments in my last Ramblings:
Wideman was a very easy defenseman to overlook. Although he’s never scored more than 17 points in a season over his three-year NHL career, he was actually scoring at a half-point per game pace (eight points in 16 games) before a torn hamstring ended his 2017-18 season. Wideman was also an AHL standout with 112 points over his last 148 AHL games and the league’s top defenseman in 2014-15. Wideman averaged only 11 minutes of icetime per game and may end up as a third-pairing blueliner again, but there could also be some second-unit power play time in his future. He’s a potential sleeper in very deep leagues.
I was targeting Ceci as a potential sleeper two seasons ago, but the Sens decided to groom him for a more defensive role instead, where he has failed to reach 20 points over the past two seasons. Now he’s expected to take on first-pairing minutes and could also add a few more points as a result. If your league is deep enough and also counts both hits and blocked shots, then Ceci is an option. Ceci was the Senators’ runaway leader with 171 blocked shots and finished second on the team to Mark Borowiecki with 163 hits. Ceci has an outside chance of reaching 30 points, particularly if he earns additional power-play time as a result of Karlsson’s departure.
I’ll admit that I got sucked into purchasing shares on Heed after he took the NHL by storm with seven points over his first 10 games. After that he recorded just four points over his last 19 games while spending some time in the AHL. If I had known that Karlsson would have been traded to San Jose, then I probably wouldn’t have kept him. As it stands, I could see Heed as a seventh defenseman that is frequently healthy scratched but will see second-unit power play time when he’s in the lineup. The offensive potential is there, but you simply can’t rely on him being in the lineup on a nightly basis. One comparable that I have in mind from the Sharks’ divisional opponents is Brad Hunt in Vegas.
Brent Burns/Erik Karlsson
I’m pairing these together as there may be some discussion that the acquisition of Karlsson may cannibalize the point totals for both. Personally I think that both can coexist and give the Shark