Whether it's a major blockbuster or a more mundane swap, Dobber Hockey will have breakdowns from a fantasy perspective of trades from a fantasy perspective prior to Monday's deadline. It's sure to be an interesting next few days, both from a real-life and a fantasy perspective.
Some unlucky St. Patrick's Day news for Senators fans and those with Thomas Chabot on their fantasy team, as the workhorse defenseman is expected to miss the rest of the season with a fractured hand. This news is especially untimely as Chabot finishes the season with 10 points in his last 10 games. As well, at the time of injury only six defensemen have a higher shot total than Chabot (165 SOG, 3.0 SOG/GP), and no defenseman has a higher average time on ice (26:23).
With Chabot's injury, Erik Brannstrom could be worth keeping an eye on. Although he hasn't posted a point in 10 games, Brannstrom led Sens defensemen with 3:28 of power-play time on Wednesday. Although it appears that he has taken a step back this season (5 PTS in 31 GP), Brannstrom has a real opportunity here and could be worth a flier in deeper leagues. The vibe might also be that he won't pan out at the NHL level, but he is still only 22 years old. For what it's worth, D.J. Smith even hinted that Brannstrom could pick up some of Chabot's minutes.
If you're wondering what this means for Jake Sanderson, the University of North Dakota is currently listing him as week-to-week with a recent injury. Depending on the nature of the injury, Sanderson could make his NHL debut late in the season if he signs with the Senators after his NCAA season finishes.
Make it two wins in two starts for Erik Kallgren. The rookie netminder allowed two goals on 37 shots in the Leafs' 3-2 win over Carolina. You were probably reminded by the Toronto-based media that Kallgren shut out the Stars in his first NHL start on Tuesday, giving the Leafs far superior goaltending than they have received from Petr Mrazek recently and Jack Campbell shortly before his injury.
At this point it's probably safe to say that Sheldon Keefe will ride the hot hand and start Kallgren on Saturday against Nashville. Feel free to add him, although the expectation should be very short-term gi