Well, the trade deadline has come and passed now, and simultaneously leagues are winding down in roto, or head-to-head leagues, playoffs are either just starting or on the cusp of starting soon. It's a crazy time for fantasy hockey right now and after Monday's trade deadline, there was a bit of extra thinking to do one some of your fantasy players. Last week I went over the fantasy implications of the major trades that went down involving Florida and Boston. Monday actually saw a pretty high volume of trades, but a minimal number of them has any impact on fantasy hockey. But with that being said, there are still some things worth pining over, so let's take a look at some of the players of interest.
In a move that I certainly wasn't expecting, the Jets shipped forward Copp to the New York Rangers in exchange for a prospect and a package of picks. Copp for a long time now has been a fringe top-six guy, and in my mind, he was a big part of the heart and soul of the Jets. But I guess things were a bit too crowded in the Jets' forward corps, so as a result, Copp was Broadway-bound.
Copp's move to the Big Apple could bring about an increase in his production though. He debuted on the Rangers' second line with Ryan Strome and Artemi Panarin on Tuesday and in two games he has a goal and two assists. Sure, the sample size is small, but it seems like he has acclimated to his teammates fairly well already. Copp fills out the Ranger's top-six nicely. His arrival pushes former first overall pick Alexis Lafreniere to the third line. It should be interesting to see where Kaapo Kakko slots into the lineup once he comes back from his lengthy IR stint. My guess is that Kaako will join Lafreniere on the third line and in turn, that will push Barclay Goodrow down to the fourth line.
Copp is a versatile forward who can play both wings as well as center. He is a nice blend of grit and skill and does a little bit of everything both for the Rangers and in fantasy hockey. This season has been his best in terms of shot rate, averaging 2.7 per game, which is a great number to be at. My one concern is how much power play deployment he will be seeing for the Rangers. A total of 10 of his 38 points this season have come on the man advantage while he was with the Jets, so taking that out of the equation in New York could be costly for his performance, so keep an eye on that if you are thinking about adding him.
Copp can still be had in some formats depending on what site your league is on. On Yahoo he is 43% rostered, while Fantrax has him at 62% owned, and ESPN has him at 69%. As a nice added bonus, the Rangers have a heavy schedule next week and have four games, so Copp would serve as a nice streamer forward if you are looking for one.
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