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1. The first major trade to go down this offseason was Kevin Fiala moving to LA. I broke down the fantasy impact here. As I mentioned in the article, Fiala will be given all the opportunity in the world to be a top-line scorer on the Kings. He didn’t necessarily have that in Minnesota, as Kirill Kaprizov is the offensive engine of that team and plays the same position. However, Fiala did receive sheltered offensive minutes in Minny (56 OZ% in 2021-22, over 50 OZ% throughout his career), which placed him in situations where he could score.
In addition, the Kings’ top two centers already play a more defensive role based on their two-way abilities. Anze Kopitar has been a sub-50 OZ% over his last five seasons (47.6 OZ% in 2021-22), while Phillip Danault has been a sub-50 OZ% player throughout his career (49.6 OZ% in 2021-22). That’s going to naturally position Fiala into fewer scoring opportunities. So I’m not quite there on this trade helping Fiala tremendously from where he is now. 85 points is a damn good season and may already be representative of his upside.
If you are counting on Fiala next season, you may want to lower your expectations during the first half of the season (but raise them for the second half!).
2020-21: 1st half – 11 PTS in 22 GP; 2nd half – 29 PTS in 28 GP
2021-22: 1st half – 29 PTS in 38 GP; 2nd half – 56 PTS in 44 GP (july1)
2. The Vancouver Canucks took care of some offseason business with one player while possibly hinting at which direction they will go with another player, signing RFA Brock Boeser to a three-year contract worth $6.65 million per season. This is below the $7.5 million qualifying offer that the Canucks would have had to grant Boeser if they wanted to keep him but could not agree to a new contract. The Canucks now have an important top-6 winger under contract for three more years, so this is a good piece of business from new Canucks management.
Boeser had a down season by his standards, as he saw his points-per-game average dip from 0.88 PTS/GP in 2020-21 to 0.65 PTS/GP (46 PTS in 71 GP) in 2021-22. He (like many Canucks) experienced the Bruce Boudreau bump