Fantasy Take: Flyers acquire Justin Braun

Michael Clifford

2019-06-18

 

With the monster Erik Karlsson extension still fresh, it was obvious the Sharks would have to make moves to fit both Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc under the cap, along with some smaller signings, while still losing the likes of Joe Pavelski, Joonas Donskoi, and Gustav Nyquist to free agency. My hope was that teams would stop this utter “don’t offer-sheet” nonsense and actually offer-sheet someone, but instead, the Flyers decided to trade a second- and third-round pick for defenceman Justin Braun.

 

Sharks

This frees up a little over $3M in extra cap space for the Sharks, which they will surely need. It makes them less susceptible to offer sheets now, not that they were ever in real danger because, as stated earlier, most NHL teams are scared to death of giving an offer sheet.

What this also means is that, I assume, Tim Heed will be returning and finally will be given regular third-pair minutes. Heed is a guy who really reminds me of Colin Miller back in his Boston days; irregularly in the lineup but when he does, there is generally good process and results. Of course, Heed is a UFA, so we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. But the lineup spot is now there.

 

Flyers

Not long after trading for a right-handed defenceman in Matt Niskanen, they trade for another one in Justin Braun. Not that Braun has ever had much fantasy value outside of peripherals, but this is bad news for Philippe Myers. This trade allows Philly to run Niskanen-Braun down the right side with Myers, at best, on the third pair. Then there’s the abundance of left shots and the possibility of sliding someone to the right side. Whether they decide to use Myers on the third pair or not is still up in the air, but it makes me wary of some sort of breakout in 2019-20.

This doesn’t really hurt the Flyers, I think. Braun has one year left and a lot of cap space this year. Maybe he can flourish in a lesser role than he had been playing with the Sharks because he’s not the player he was 4-5 years ago.

 

Who this helps

Tim Heed

Marc-Edouard Vlasic

 

Who this hurts

Philippe Myers

UPCOMING GAMES

Mar 31 - 19:03 WSH vs TOR
Mar 31 - 19:03 CAR vs BOS
Mar 31 - 19:03 T.B vs OTT
Mar 31 - 19:03 PIT vs N.J
Mar 31 - 19:03 NYI vs MIN
Mar 31 - 20:03 STL vs DET
Mar 31 - 20:03 CHI vs MTL
Mar 31 - 21:03 CGY vs WPG
Mar 31 - 21:03 COL vs ARI
Mar 31 - 21:03 EDM vs VGK
Mar 31 - 22:03 L.A vs S.J

STARTING GOALIES

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HOT PLAYERS

  Players Team GP G A P
EVGENI MALKIN PIT 5 4 7 11
ADAM FOX NYR 4 1 6 7
JAKUB VORACEK PHI 6 0 10 10
NATHAN MACKINNON COL 5 2 6 8
MIKA ZIBANEJAD NYR 29 25 19 44
NIKITA KUCHEROV T.B 24 16 20 36
KEVIN FIALA MIN 11 9 7 16
KYLE CONNOR WPG 7 8 2 10
EVANDER KANE S.J 7 5 5 10
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS EDM 17 8 16 24

LINE COMBOS

  Frequency BUF Players
30.4% JACK EICHEL SAM REINHART JEFF SKINNER
24.2% ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS JOHAN LARSSON KYLE OKPOSO
20.1% CURTIS LAZAR WAYNE SIMMONDS JIMMY VESEY

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