Eastern Edge: Analyzing Free Agent Signees Tony DeAngelo and Ondrej Palat

Brennan Des


In this week's Eastern Edge, we'll discuss the fantasy impact of some recent signings. In particular, we'll get into Tony DeAngelo's new contract with the Flyers and Ondrej Palat's deal with the Devils. The cap information is taken from Cap Friendly.

Tony DeAngelo

Signed: $5 Million x 2 Years with Philadelphia

DeAngelo had a strong showing last season, tallying 51 points in 64 appearances, which translates to 65 points over 82 games. It was the second time he scored at such a pace, as he managed similar numbers with the Rangers during the 2019-2020 campaign. There's a small gap in his resume as off-ice issues and questions of his character kept him on the shelf for most of the 2020-2021 campaign. Despite defensive shortcomings and questionable conduct, DeAngelo has now shown he can produce offensively in two different markets. The only problem is both of those markets featured strong rosters and competent power plays. The Rangers had Artemi Panarin and Mike Zibanejad, while the Hurricanes were headlined by Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov. It's worth noting that Carolina's power-play ranked second in the league (25.6%) during the 2020-2021 campaign – before DeAngelo arrived. They ranked 13th this past year, with a success rate of 22% while DeAngelo was on the roster.

Now, I'm not suggesting that DeAngelo made the power-play worse. However, while he's posted solid numbers with the man advantage in two different markets now, I don't think there's enough evidence to prove that he is the catalyst of a team's overall power-play success. Sure, he's a good puck-moving defenseman that may be able to mesh well with other talented players, but I don't think he's the straw that stirs the drink. That's important because DeAngelo is joining a Flyers team that features much less offensive talent than the teams he's played with recently. We're talking about a team that posted a league-worst 12.6% success rate with the man advantage last year. Sure, adding a competent power-play quarterback should help, but I don't think DeAngelo has the game-breaking ability to single-handedly turn