Ramblings: Dadonov to Ottawa, Toffoli vs. Gallagher, All-Canadian Division?

Ian Gooding

2020-10-16

After a flurry of activity over the first few days, the free agent frenzy period has officially cooled off. We were treated to one significant signing on Thursday, however.

Evgenii Dadonov signed a three-year contract with Ottawa with a cap hit of $5 million. You can read Mike's Fantasy Take here. This was a signing that Ottawa could easily afford as they attempt to reach the cap floor. At age 31, Dadonov becomes the second-oldest forward on the team while giving them a first-line scoring option. He has scored at least 25 goals in each of his three seasons in Florida since returning to the NHL from the KHL.  

From the Florida side of things, Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau are now without their most frequent right winger from last season. Since these two will probably run away with the Panthers scoring race (assuming Hoffman doesn't return), whoever fills into that spot for any significant length of time could be up for a big boost in fantasy value. Initially, and assuming he's healthy, my money will be on Patric Hornqvist. He's used to playing with elite scorers in Pittsburgh, and there's almost assuredly power-play time there as well. You know, I kind of like him as a potential sleeper even though he's 33 years old and hasn't played more than 70 games in a season in four seasons. Call me crazy.

Fantasy Take: Hornqvist Shipped to Florida for Matheson, Sceviour

After that, you've got recent acquisition Vinnie Hinostroza and Brett Connolly as possibilities to at least get a sniff on the top line, and that will probably happen because Hornqvist will probably miss time due to in