Fantasy Impact: Intriguing Minor Deals That Could Pay Off



A closer look into the deals that put Daniel Sprong in Washington, and Joel Persson, Sonny Milano and Christian Djoos in Anaheim.

There were a few prospects with some upside who will get a fresh start. And although these prospects are in full-on “last chance” mode, maybe one or two of them catch lightning in a bottle. All four of these players, at one time or another, were highly regarded prospects in fantasy hockey.

Anaheim Trades Sprong to Washington for Djoos

Anaheim gets: A potential power-play quarterback who has figured out the AHL, but after 110 NHL games he hasn’t figured things out yet at that level. Djoos has 90 points in his last 108 AHL games. The 25-year-old spent his early 20s as one of Washington’s top prospects. His prospect scouting profile is here.

Washington gets: an offensively-gifted winger with 97 games of NHL experience – and he’s still only 22. He provides depth for the Capitals if, come playoff time, they lose one of their scoring wingers. And in the fall, perhaps he could make a cheap addition to the roster. At his age, it’s too soon to write him off. Prospect profile here.

Edmonton Trades Persson to Anaheim for prospect goalie Angus Redmond and a conditional seventh-round pick

Edmonton gets: an ECHL goaltender with little upside, and the lowest possible asset they could – a conditional seventh. Redmond was added to the deal to balance out the number of contracts Vegas has.

Anaheim gets: a talented, late-blooming, puck-moving defenseman. The Oilers aggressively recruited Persson over in Sweden and even signed him for a full year knowing that he would remain in Europe for that year – they just wanted his rights. But the 25-year-old was not quite ready for the NHL. He’s been doing fine in the AHL so far with 16 points in 27 games for Bakersfield. Anaheim, as they did with Djoos, are just trying to find a diamond in the rough. They need a quarterback and both Persson and Djoos have that ability and upsid