Fantasy Take: Dadonov is Dadon-off to Ottawa

Michael Clifford

2020-10-15

After a flurry of moves over the first 3-4 days, free agency has slowed down the last couple of nights, though there were still big names left available. We can scratch one of those names off the list as Evgenii Dadonov is taking his talents from South Beach to Ottawa, to the tune of $5M a year for three years.

Before digging into Dadonov himself, this needs to be said: in the short-term, this could be the worst landing spot for any winger in the league. The reason being that of all positions the Senators have begun building the last couple years, centre is definitely not one of them. There are a lot of prospects/unproven players like Colin White, Josh Norris, and Logan Brown, and bottom-6 vets like Chris Tierney (RFA still) and Artem Anisimov, but that's it. Bottom-6 vets and lottery tickets doesn't really speak to a great situation for Dadonov. The upside is that he's instantly their top right wing, so he'll get a lot of minutes with Brady Tkachuk and the top PP unit, but going from Barkov and Florida's PP to Colin White and Ottawa's PP is a, let's say, step down.

 

What Ottawa gets

Dadonov is a good play-driving winger who can play a 200-foot game. Those superlatives get thrown around far too often, but it applies in this case. Below is from HockeyViz, and gives an outline of Dadonov's impacts. Positive on offence is good, and negative on defence is good. He provides a good amount of both, along with finishing ability: