Top 10 Trade Targets for Keeper Leagues

Tom Collins



The NHL isn’t the only league having a trade deadline this week.

There are tens of thousands of keeper pools that have a trade deadline as close to the NHL one as possible. I am in three keeper pools, and all three of them have deadlines this week.

Most people are completely out of their pool by this stage of the season, but it’s a good time to re-evaluate your squad and focus on getting better for next year. One way to do that is to trade for players who are struggling. You might be able to get those players at a lower value than you normally would.

Look at this time last year. People who bought low on Matt Duchene, Mark Giordano, Max Domi and Mika Zibanejad have gotten excellent value out of those trades.

Below are 10 players that you might be able to buy low with an eye on next season.


10. Patrik Laine

There are plenty of fantasy general managers upset with Laine’s season, and they may be willing to trade him for a cheaper price than they would have last summer. Take note that the key word is “cheaper,” not “cheap.” He’s still going to cost you quite a bit. Laine is a streaky player, but going into Sunday’s game, was on pace for 268 shots (a career high) and 36 goals. Remember that he is only 20 years old and yet has to hit his prime, so you may not get an opportunity to buy this low again.


9. Connor Hellebuyck

It’s not too often you get an opportunity to trade for a netminder on an elite team, but you have to least check to see if Hellebuyck owners are selling. According to Yahoo, Hellebuyck was involved in 11 trades on Sunday, including:

  • Straight up for Brady Tkachuk;
  • Hellebuyck and a 12th rounder for David Rittich and a fourth rounder; and
  • Hellebuyck and an eighth rounder for Collin Delia and a fourth rounder.

This season has been frustrating for fantasy general managers when it comes to netminders, and Hellebuyck has been a massive disappointment. He has posted some of his worst numbers ever, and seems to be getting worse as the season goes along. Just remember he’s playing behind one of the most elite teams in the league and as Martin Jones has proven in San Jose, all you need to do is win to be fantasy gold.


8. P.K. Subban

The most frustrating aspect of Subban’s season isn’t that he’s missed time with injuries, but that he hasn’t been producing when healthy. His 0.47 points per game is the second lowest of his career, and the worst since his sophomore season in 2011-12. Much of this can be attributed to the Preds’ putrid power play, where Subban has just six points (he averaged 22 power-play points the previous six season). Hopefully, you can convinc