Fantasy Take: Hornqvist shipped to Florida for Matheson, Sceviour

Michael Clifford

2020-09-24

We knew Pittsburgh would need to clear some cap space this summer, and part of this apparently includes trading Patric Hornqvist to Florida for defenceman Mike Matheson and forward Colton Sceviour. At the least, they clear it up front.

Matheson saw a big hit in ice time this year, dropping from 21-22 minutes the previous few seasons down to 18 this past year. Sceviour has 22 goals over the last three years with a declining shot rate. Hornqvist, meanwhile, hasn't played more than 70 games in a season since 2015-16.

Hornqvist may not be able to stay healthy but he's still very useful in the fantasy game when he's on the ice. His 82-game paces for the last three years are as follows (rounded): 28 goals, 23 assists, 263 shots, 169 hits, 59 blocks, and 18 power-play points. Those are very stout totals for almost any winger in a multi-cat league. But again, the problem is he won't play 82 games, he might play 65-70. Fantasy owners will need a replacement handy.

One thing Matheson can do is score. Over the last four years, he has the same goals/game mark at even strength as Matt Dumba, Roman Josi, and Morgan Rielly. That's good company to keep. Two of his last four seasons have also produced marks exceeding two shots/game, and he had three straight seasons of triple-digit blocks before falling off this year with the lost ice time.

That last part is the key here with Matheson. He's a left-shot defenceman. As it stands right now, the team has both B