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Topic #1 – In a 12 Team, weekly H2H League with 30 player rosters plus 7 farm, where 20 of the 30 players are kept as well as all on the farm and categories are G, A, +/-, Shots, Hits, PPP, W, SV%, and GAA, a team is rebuilding and has been offered Sidney Crosby and Tyson Barrie for Jonathan Huberdeau. Is this a trade he/she should make?
In a word, no. Crosby is defying father time; but Pittsburgh isn't the offensive juggernaut it once was and Crosby's SOG rate has lagged below three per game in each of the past three seasons after never having it below three in his entire career, while at the same time his scoring rate has declined in two consecutive campaigns. The end result has been one 100+ point scoring pace season in his last six and his scoring rates in 2019-20 and 2020-21 representing two of his four lowest. His secondary assist rate was higher this season than in all but one of the past ten campaigns. It's fair to say he's still elite; but he's no longer in the tip-top echelon of forwards, especially given he's a pure center (i.e. the deepest forward position in fantasy).
Barrie had an outstanding campaign, which was to be expected in view of his team and usage. Edmonton is all but assured to let him walk due to getting back Oscar Klefbom and wanting to work Evan Bouchard and Ethan Bear into the mix. I'm not here to say Barrie's stats will crater, as he's scored at a 62+ point pace in three of the last four seasons; but it's highly unrealistic to envision him doing as well as he did this season in a future campaign, as Forum readers agree.
What's nice about Huberdeau is he's a 90-point downside player. Also, he's going to be a UFA in 2023, so this team should be able to seize upon that hype and tra