With the all-star break come and gone, we are less than a month from the trade deadline, which is February 25th. Everyone is looking for something a little different come deadline day, so we’re going to cover three forwards who could provide significant value
Rickard Rakell – Anaheim Ducks
Cap Hit: $3,789,444 (With three years remaining after this summer.)
Rickard Rakell has had some ups and downs this season, and after missing almost the whole month of December, he looks to be a good buy at the right time for the playoff run. Last season, Rakell put up 21 points in his 19 fourth quarter games, but has slumped the last few games. In fact, the whole Anaheim squad has, and to incorrectly use an old adage: what goes down, must come up. Changes are coming in Anaheim, whether it be a new coach, a change in personnel on the ice, or just a change in luck, expect a boost for some of the scorers to close out the season. This makes for the perfect buy time for Rakell.
Rakell is eligible at all three forward positions on both Yahoo and Fantrax. Additionally, Anaheim plays on at least two off night days over the three main head-to-head weeks to finish the season (for a total of 11 games from March 4th to March 24th). He also provides a solid number of peripherals, averaging 2.75 shots and 1.3 hits per game over the last three seasons. Fantasy owners in all types of leagues can reap the benefits of one of the more underrated producers in the league. If he played on the East coast, it would be a completely different story.
Travis Konecny – Philadelphia Flyers
New Cap Hit: $894,167 (Expires this summer as an RFA)
The young Flyers winger had a stellar second half last year, putting up 32 of his 47 points after the midway mark. This year, the whole Flyers team has stalled, yet Konecny still passes the eye test. He is again eligible at all three forward positions, has a desirable fantasy playoff schedule, and comes with a very manageable cap hit to end off the season. This buy is more for points-only leagues as Konecny doesn’t produce too many peripherals.
From Michael Clifford’s January 17th Ramblings:
“Speaking of guys who produce good-but-not-great numbers because of a lack of power play production (and minutes):
I understand that 26 points in 48 games isn’t a great fantasy campaign for Travis Konecny owners, but he’s second among the team’s forwards in points/60 minutes this year, trailing only Claude Giroux.
He’s also first among their forwards in shot attempts/60 minutes. And he does everything we look for in a player’s underlying metrics: drives the play, shoots, looks for