The last few weeks have seen plenty of player movement, and most fantasy general managers prefer to look at the optimistic side of things.
A free agent signing means a player will get a top-six role on a new team with top power-play usage or a major trade opens things up for other players to step into a bigger role. But things can't always be rosy.
For every promotion, there has to be a demotion. For every player getting more ice time means someone else is moving down the lineup. Those players should see their production drop and therefore see a decrease in their fantasy value. If you were looking to offload them in fantasy leagues, you won't get as much in return as you might have a month ago.
Below are 10 players who might suffer a drop in production next season and therefore see a drop in fantasy value. For young players on this list, it's important to stay patient as this may only be a temporary blip.
Note that we're not including restricted free agents or unrestricted free agents who re-signed with their team, as no dynamic has changed in those cases.
10. Stuart Skinner
Anyone hopeful that Skinner would be the backup to Mike Smith and potentially start a minimum of 25-30 games for Edmonton had their hopes dashed a week before free agency even hit. In maybe the worst-kept secret in years, everyone knew that Jack Campbell would sign with the Oilers. With Mike Smith signed for one more year, there's no room for Skinner with the big club. This means another year in the AHL, where he has posted improving numbers each season. Note that there are still rumors that Smith may retire. If that happens, Skinner gets a value boost. But until that potentially transpires, he'll be stuck in the minors.
9. Chandler Stephenson
The trade of Max Pacioretty to Carolina for nothing will have a significant impact on Stephenson. When Jack Eichel was traded to Vegas, many believed that Pacioretty and Mark Stone would be automatically shifted to Eichel's line. That's not what happened. It's tough to tell because of all the various injuries Vegas dealt with, but Pacioretty played 18 games once Eichel got into the lineup on February 16. The line of Pacioretty-Stone-Stephenson was on the ice for 32.7 per cent of Pacioretty's even strength minutes,