The Journey: Market Myths & Inefficiencies (Seider, Hronek, Tourigny, Hutson, Fensore)

Benjamin Gehrels

2022-09-10

Welcome back to The Journey, where we follow hockey prospects and their paths to the NHL, providing fantasy predictions and analysis along the way. This week, we will highlight several small-bodied prospect defencemen with high offensive upside who may be getting overlooked in your league. Plus, we'll dig into the widespread idea that the emergence of Moritz Seider negatively impacted fellow Red Wings' stalwart Filip Hronek.

It looks as though Nils Lundkvist (NYR), just like Vitaly Kravtsov, Lias Andersson, and others before him, is unhappy with the lack of opportunity with the Rangers and is planning to not report to training camp this fall. A trade would likely do wonders for the 22-year-old defenceman's fantasy value, so that is a situation to monitor closely heading into the season.

Lundkvist is a smaller-bodied (5-10, 187lbs), offensive-minded powerplay specialist with excellent vision and four-way mobility. It was always going to be tough for him to excel in New York with Adam Fox sucking up all the powerplay time indefinitely and fellow young defenders like K'Andre Miller, Braden Schneider, and even Zac Jones all seemingly leapfrogging the young Swede for playing time.

It will be interesting to see what the trade market is like for a small, offensive defenceman like Lundkvist. This development reminded me of an interesting Twitter thread by Hockey Prospecting.com creator, Byron Bader from last month about how smaller offensive blue liners are one of the last remaining market inefficiencies in hockey: