Top 10 Players To See Value Bump If Traded

Tom Collins

2022-03-14

The NHL trade deadline is a week away, and this will be a time of year when even the most pessimistic fantasy general manager can get swept up in the emotion of it all. 

Any time a player gets dealt around trade deadline day, the value of that traded player increases in fantasy circles. Which makes perfect sense. A player is normally going from a bottom team to a much better one, usually one with better linemates. This doesn’t mean the player will produce more, but there’s a perceived increase in value. Even superstars would see their value increase. A fantasy general manager would be wise to take advantage of this if their league still has their own trade deadline.

I mean, Ben Chiarot is nice and everything, but he’s averaging 23:33 per night and contributes consistently only in hits and blocks even though he’s getting some power-play time and has nine points in his last nine games. If he gets dealt to a contending team, he’s moving down the lineup, getting less time and therefore fewer hits and blocked shots. But some might see Chiarot on a much-better team and assume he’s going to see an increase in production.

However, not all trades come with benefits for the traded player. A top-six player on a bottom team might be a bottom-six player on a contender.

If in doubt, don’t forget to come by the Dobber website shortly after any trade is finalized. Dobber and the gang will have almost instantaneous takes on who these trades will benefit the most. 

Below are 10 players who are rumoured to be dealt that could see an increase in value if traded. 

10. Marc-Andre Fleury

Fleury’s season hasn’t been as bad as his overall stats may show. He started the season horribly, losing seven of his first eight. Since November 9, Fleury is 18-13-4 with a 2.68 GAA and a .913 SV %. Those 18 wins in that timeframe are the same number as Jack Campbell and more than Connor Hellebuyck, Robin Lehner, Ilya Sorokin, Ilya Samsonov, John Gibson and a host of others. His GAA and save percentage are also higher than many of the other netminders. If he does remain in Chicago, keep in mind that the Blackhawks has the sixth-easiest schedule the rest of the way, so you can expect this streak to continue.

9. J.T. Miller

Miller has to be one of the most underrated players. Since the 2019-20 season, Miller is tied for 12th in points with 187 heading into Sunday night’s game. Miller has proven that he can produce if given the ice time, and he would be a boon to a team’s power-play (his 30 power-play points before Sunday are third highest and only three points behind league-leader Connor McDavid). His 134 shots aren’t elite, but he does like to throw the body around with 128 hits. Like the Canucks, you may never get the proper value for Miller if you look to trade him. 

8. Tomas Hertl

Hertl has