The Journey: Next in Line – The Metropolitan Division

Brayden Olafson


Returning for the fourth and final installment of the Next in Line mini-series, I’m thrilled to present to you the Metropolitan Division! 

If you’re interested in hearing how the past few editions of the series have gone, I welcome you to reference back to any of the previous divisional articles here:

Pacific Division

Atlantic Division

Central Division

By now, almost every team in the NHL has completed one, if not several transactions with their minor-league teams. Many of those transactions have included players who we would consider to be fantasy relevant, and have therefore been subject to the scope of this series. With the near-literal angle that the series was focused on, we’ve seen some hits, and a few misses, but all-in-all, I think there have been some valuable lessons learned.

As I have in the last two segments of the series, prior to beginning our discussion of teams in the Metro Division, I thought it would be valuable to review my choices from the Central and how they’ve fared. 

*Tampa Bay, Toronto and Montreal were featured in the second edition of this mini-series (October 28), however, at the time that the last article (November 9) was written, they had not yet made any recalls. 

Using some color coding, I’ve indicated the accuracy of my predictions. So… again, there’s a lot of red up there. Making exact predictions in this case can prove difficult simply because many of the transactional decisions that are made at an NHL level involves several working and unpredictable factors including team health and roles required. Because of this flaw, I’ve begun planning a revised scope so that I can follow up on this mini-series later in the year. So more on that after we cover the fourth and final division: the Metro.  

Week 4: The Metropolitan Division

Washington Capitals – Martin Fehervary or