Top 10 Players Who Need a Fresh Start

Tom Collins


The postseason may have just begun, but NHL teams should already be looking ahead to next season to figure out what to do with their lineups.

This means trades and signing free agents. Of course, this impacts every fantasy owner in a keeper league. A player on the move affects the value of so many players. Think of how much more valuable Phil Kessel was once he was traded to Pittsburgh, and how much value was lost when he was dealt to Arizona.

There are plenty of players that need a new start and would see an immediate boost to their value.

Here are 10 players who will need a change of scenery for next season.

10. Morgan Rielly

This choice is more dependant on what happens this offseason. In the two seasons before this one, 47 per cent of Rielly's 124 points came on the man advantage. Then the team traded for Tyson Barrie. It took a while, but eventually, Rielly was no longer the team's power-play quarterback. From Dec. 3 until the season was cancelled, Rielly averaged 1:10 of power-play time per night. Although it was in only 19 games because of a fractured foot, it wasn't a good sign. In the same 19-game span, Barrie averaged 2:37 of power-play time per night. If Barrie re-signs with Toronto, the best thing for Rielly would be to go elsewhere as any PP TOI loss is a detriment to his value.

9. P.K. Subban

I think Subban needs to play in a city where there are plenty of media and fan pressure. Some players seem to thrive on that, and Subban may be one of them. After a couple of great seasons in Nashville (a trip to the finals and a Norris-trophy nomination), things have fallen off the rails for Subban the last two campaigns. This year, his first season with New Jersey, Subban had only 18 points in 68 games. He's not being used on the top power play and his shot rate is down. Maybe he's like a power forward where his play just drops around the age of 30, but I think he needs a place where he can be a media darling.

8. Sam Bennett

Remember when trading fourth overall pick Dylan Strome worked out pretty well for Chicago and fantasy GMs? I'm wondering if the same might happen for Bennett. I don't believe he will live up to his lofty draft status and become a 70-point guy, but in the right situation, 40-50 should be possible. Remember, Bennett was going first overall in some mock drafts in 2014 before slipping to fourth. Now, Bennett is a player who has seen