Top 10 Players Rumored to be Traded

Tom Collins


This week may be the NHL draft, but it’s also the week when trade rumors abound.  After all, aside from the trade deadline, this is when most trades take place.

High-cap teams are looking to shed salary before the UFA market begins. Teams know exactly where their draft picks are and how much value each pick has. Rebuilding teams can get rid of an older player before the draft to prove to the fans they are serious about rebuilding.

Of course, all of this has a significant impact on your fantasy team. A player’s value may increase simply based on the rumors, as many of us want to believe that the player we have on our roster is going to be sent to a contender. If the trade takes place, the player’s value could increase or decrease dramatically depending on where he lines up on his new squad.

Last year saw a crazy number of players traded in the weeks leading up to last year’s draft and through the two-day event. We saw Sam Reinhart go to the Panthers, Pavel Buchnevich to the Blues, Shayne Gostisbehere to the Coyotes, Alex Nedeljkovic to the Red Wings, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Connor Garland to the Canucks, Rasmus Ristolainen to the Flyers, Ryan Ellis to the Flyers, Seth Jones to the Hawks, Duncan Keith go to the Oilers, Cam Atkinson to the Flyers and Jakub Voracek to the Blue Jackets. Those few weeks changed a lot of outlooks for a lot of players.

Below are the top 10 players who are rumored to be on the trade block who will see their fantasy importance change if dealt. We won’t get into the actual value, because it does depend on the team, system and linemates on the new squad.

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10. Tyson Barrie

The biggest impact of a Barrie trade wouldn’t be Barrie on a new team, but instead, it would be the impact on Evan Bouchard. In his first full season, Bouchard had 43 points in 81 games to go along with 205 shots, 80 hits, 112 blocked shots and seven power-play points, while only averaging 1:20 per night with the man advantage. The 22-year-old Bouchard seems poised to take over as the team’s number one offensive defenseman, but Barrie is standing in the way. Barrie had 41 points in 73 games to go along with 149 shots, 27 hits, 73 blocked shots and 21 power-play points while averaging 2:51 per night with the man advantage. He’s owed only $4.5 million in each of the next two seasons, so it’s not an onerous contract to deal.

9. John Gibson

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