Looking Ahead: Verhaege, Barzal, Talbot, Boston’s Schedule, and More

Andrew Santillo

2022-03-25

The trade deadline has come and gone, and this not only affects the NHL landscape but your fantasy team(s) as well. Giroux is in South Beach, the Rangers have two new wingers, Minnesota got stronger in net, and Evgenii Dadonov became a Duck…then a toss-up…then a Golden Knight again. We'll target some potential spots to gain advantage following all this player movement, let's dive in!

The Immediate Fix (Grab this guy and use him for the next several days)

Carter Verhaeghe, C/LW, Florida Panthers (Available in 53% of ESPN leagues, 86% Fantrax, 59% Yahoo) –
Okay so Verhaeghe is higher owned over on Fantrax but as far as the other two prominent fantasy platforms are concerned his ownership is just over 50%, and that's interesting. Verhaeghe has been a solid player all season long but the addition of Claude Giroux on his line can seriously boost his offense moving forward. 

It was rumored the Panthers were targeting Giroux since what feels like Christmas and last Saturday those rumors finally came to fruition as the Flyers sent Giroux over to Florida. Now I was curious as to how Florida was planning on using Giroux but it appears as though he's going to get first line right wing duties across from our guy Carter Verhaeghe. With that, he will also move back to a wing which I believe will be much better for him at this stage of his career.

Although the new first line of Carter VerhaegheAleksander BarkovClaude Giroux doesn't have any time together yet, the potential is there for offense and I've said it before, potential is tantalizing. Verhaeghe and Barkov together this season have a very large sample of almost 500 minutes staked together and a goals-for percentage of just over 60%. Florida's second line has done a lot of the heavy lifting for this club but I think with a now presumably stronger top line this gives a lower owned Verhaeghe a chance to really benefit. We'll have to see how the power