This is the third time I have put together a buy and sell series. This year however, it is under slightly different conditions. I am getting married in August, and having a wedding to plan means these articles are getting done in whatever spare time is left around planning in June/July, so I can enjoy a honeymoon in peace (I love you Diliana!), while you fantasy junkies all still get your weekly reading material. If anything is out of date as of August, this would be why. Hopefully the recommendations are still relevant and insightful by the time you get to them.
In the buy and sell features, I profile one player per team to sell, and one to buy. These recommendations are based on salary cap leagues, and I try to cover various league sizes and categories. Last year we started alphabetically at the bottom, so this year we’re starting at the top – first up are the Ducks.
Buy: Ondrej Kase
Cap Hit: $2,600,000 with two years remaining
After missing more than half of the season due to injury, Kase is a bit of a forgotten name in Anaheim. A 55-point pace for under $3 million, with two years left, and it could be one of the better bargains in the league. He also was the fourth-most used Duck forward on the power play, which was typically a four-forward unit by the end of the season. Top power-play time would be a boon to Kase’s production over a full season, and could see him hit career highs across the board in what would be his fourth NHL season.
Sell: Jakob Silfverberg
Cap Hit: $5,250,000 with five years remaining
Silfverberg has a career high of 49 points yet managed only 43 in 73 games this season while shooting a career high of 15%. Had that been closer to his career average of 9.5%, it would have been a 16 goal, 35-point season for the veteran winger. Combine that with the fact that Anaheim is trending in the wrong direction, and their best player Ryan Getzlaf is now 34, there isn’t a lot of reason to hope for anything above status quo with Silfverberg.
Entering the season with a new contract, Silfverberg is also now the Ducks’ highest paid RW. There are plenty of better wingers you could swap him for in the $5 million range, especially when you consider how little Silfverberg contributes to peripheral categories. A minus player last year, he was barely over two shots per game, barely produces any hits, blocks, faceoffs, or penalty minutes, and only hit double digits in powerplay points at the end of March last season.
Buy: Lawson Crouse
Cap Hit: $1,533,333 with three years remaining
With everyone fawning over whoever will be playing with Phil Kessel, no one is paying attention to the amazing deal