Capped: Anaheim Ducks Buy and Sell

Alexander MacLean

2018-09-20

 

We cap off our buy & sell series this week, reaching the end of covering each NHL team, analyzing one player to buy, and one to sell (links to parts one, two, three, four, five, and six). Anaheim is the last team to be covered, and will get a double feature. I did this on purpose as I wanted to cover a few players from their squad.

 

As you know from the previous weeks’ articles, these recommendations are based on their performance versus cap hit. That means in non-cap leagues, some of these suggestions may not be as relevant, but that doesn’t mean the analysis isn’t relevant. Generally, these players will either be riding new contracts into the season or be expected to have a large shift in value, for one reason or another.

 

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Weekly reminder to get the DobberHockey 2018-2019 Fantasy guide so you can research anyone else you need to for all your offseason trade discussions and draft needs. It’s not too late to get it before your drafts but do it early. Don’t expect to just skim through it in an hour. There is too much excellent content in it for that.

 

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Anaheim Ducks

Buy: Ondrej Kase

Cap Hit: $2,600,000 with three years remaining

Kase signed a very team-friendly bridge deal, and is giving himself three years to outplay it, instead of the two that might have made more sense from his camp. As Anaheim’s best possession winger last season, he has the opportunity to win even more quality minutes away from Corey Perry this season, locking him in as a very viable fantasy option, even in standard 12-team leagues.

If he continues his upward ascent this coming season, then owners will be in for an even bigger treat in 2019-2020 when he enters his magical fourth season.  

 

Bonus Buy: Rickard Rakell

Cap Hit: $3,789,444 with four years remaining

On the flip side of that magical fourth year, Rakell just hit it, and posted career highs in goals, assists, and shots. If those are categories in your league, then you want him on your fantasy team. He is an underrated player, but maybe not for much longer. The 30+ goal, 60+ point, and 200+ shot plateaus should be the norm moving forward for the 25-year old.

On a longer contract at a sub-$4 million AAV price tag, he is in rare company. Of the 21 players to hit the 30-goal, 30-assist, 200-s