Ramblings: Lindholm and Giroux Traded, Nelson, Bratt, Perron (Mar 20)

Ian Gooding

2022-03-20

As we inch closer to the trade deadline, two more significant names in Hampus Lindholm and Claude Giroux were officially moved on Saturday. Read about the fantasy impact of each of these deals below.

Lindholm to Boston

Giroux to Florida

Brock Nelson scored a hat trick in the Islanders' 4-2 win over Dallas. Nelson was a player I had on my radar as a weekend pickup, although the fact that the Isles played an early game resulted in me missing the boat on him. (Basically, I needed to add a goalie and was waiting for starting goalie announcements before making a decision.) The good news is that the Islanders play again today (Sunday) in Philly, so you'll have another chance to add him before the week ends. Even in non-head-to-head formats, Nelson warrants a pickup. He has scored seven goals in his last eight games.

Due to earlier COVID shutdowns, the Islanders have more remaining games than any other team (23). As well, the Islanders offer more waiver-wire options than the average team, with Noah Dobson and Mathew Barzal the only skaters that are rostered in more than half of Yahoo leagues. For this reason, I listed more Isles that might be worth adding to your roster for the final quarter in a Ramblings last weekend.

False alarm for Jack Eichel, who left Thursday's game with an injury. Eichel suited up for Saturday's game, recording an assist in a much-needed win for the Golden Knights over Los Angeles.

With Robin Lehner likely out for a while and Laurent Brossoit not always reliable, Logan Thompson might be the Vegas goalie to target. Thompson has been in net for back-to-back wins, including a 38-save effort in the 5-1 victory. The Knights play four games next week, so Thompson is worth consideration if you need a goalie to stream for the week and perhaps longer. He's posted some decent AHL numbers, including a 1.96 GAA/.943 SV% last season with the Henderson Silver Knights.

The Jesper Bratt breakout continues. Bratt scored a pair of goals along with an assist on Saturday, giving him 60 points in 57 games. I've stated before that Bratt has been my top waiver-wire pickup this season, and I still hold that to be true. The fact that he was on my waiver wire in a deep league (went undrafted) speaks to the fact that practically no one expected him to be in this spot before the season. The Devils are emerging as a sneaky-good scoring squad with Bratt and Jack Hughe