Capped: Team by team buy and sell, part 5

Alexander MacLean



Welcome to week five. I’m back from getting married (!), taking our honeymoon, and somehow keeping away from hockey for those entire two weeks away. The time away from hockey was easier to bear than I thought it would be, but at the same time it is nice to be back, and with only a month to go until the real games start. We have a couple more weeks of the buy and sell features, so let’s get to it.

To recap, 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. This week is Ottawa through St. Louis.

You can find the previous buy and sell columns here.



Ottawa Senators

Buy: Anders Nilsson

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

As we wait for Craig Anderson to be pushed out from Ottawa at the end of the year, Anders Nilsson appears to be primed to receive the majority of the starts available over the next two years of his contract with the Senators. Starting goalies can be tough to find at the best of times. In cap leagues, finding a starting goalie that may not get you the best ratios, but will net you 35 saves per game along with the occasional win at a sub-$3 million price tag can be considered a win in some formats. Playing in Ottawa’s favour is that they are also in the same division as Buffalo and Detroit, so the matchup game can be played to decent effect as well.


Sell: Dylan DeMelo

Cap Hit: $900,000 with one year remaining

On the surface, DeMelo looks like the kind of player that you love to fill out your dynasty team with. A cheap depth defenceman who is guaranteed to play, and can get you over 100 each of hits, blocks, and shots (or by my more preferred metric, an average total of five hits + blocks + shots per game). However, a lot of that peripheral production comes with added ice time. DeMelo was up over 19 minutes per game last season, which was a career first for the right-shot rearguard. Unfortunately for him and his fantasy owners, the Senators swapped out