Fantasy Take: Balcers Moving On To Florida

Michael Clifford

2022-07-14

The Florida Panthers were up against the cap this offseason, which is one reason why both Claude Giroux and Mason Marchment moved on to other teams. They would be looking at cheap depth signings which is why they got guys like Marc Staal and Colin White on low-cost one-year deals. They continued their bargain hunting by signing a now-former San Jose Shark:

Rudolfs Balcers signed for one year at the league minimum. He had 40 points in 102 games with San Jose and is going into his age-25 season. Let's dig in.

What Florida Gets

Balcers is an interesting player from an analytical perspective. If we go to Evolving Hockey and look at his offensive/defensive impacts from the last three seasons, they look just fine, particularly for a guy that is going to make the league minimum:

That is not a huge TOI component, but over 1500 minutes for a middle-6 winger is about 1.5 seas