Top 10 Trade Deadline Moves (2016)

by Tom Collins on March 1, 2016

Which players had their fantasy value affected most by deadline trades, our latest top 10.

Plenty of people moaned about the lack of trades yesterday and with good reason. Many of the expected big names stayed with their respective clubs, making it a frustrating day for hockey fans and poolies.

Over the past month or so, we've heard names such as Jonathan Drouin, Jordan Eberle, Scott Hartnell, Radim Vrbata, and a host of others on the trading block. Despite the relative quietness, there is still plenty of fantasy impacts from the deals that did occur.

Here are the top 10 players that had their fantasy value impacted— good and bad — by being traded within the past week.

 

10. Sergei Plotnikov

Just the fact Plotnikov will have the chance to play any games at all is a positive development. Expected by many to be a Calder candidate playing on a line with Evgeni Malkin, Plotnikov just couldn't get anything going with the Pens. Plotnikov was a healthy scratch for the past 20 games with Pittsburgh but played against them night in his first NHL action as a Coyote, picking up six hits in 12:10 of ice time. He may not be a Calder nominee anymore but at least he has a small bit of fantasy relevance in some leagues.

 

9. John-Michael Liles

Here's a list of defensemen that have scored a power-play goal for the Bruins this season: Zdeno Chara. And that's it. And he has just one goal. Crazy to think they have a top 10 power play like that. Liles hasn't been fantasy relevant since the 2010-11 season but could see some time on the second power-play unit with the Bruins. If he can have any type of success there, then he could be worth at least a waiver wire pickup.

 

8. Lee Stempniak

It's tough to figure out exactly where Stempniak fits into the Bruins lineup. His 16 goals and 41 points is the highest he's had in years. But Boston is the third highest scoring team in the league and has five players with at least 40 points. It's not like they need Stempniak's offence. So Stempniak could be a third line/second line tweener which is going to negatively affect his offensive output.

 

7. Jamie McGinn

McGinn isn't one of those guys that will net 60 points but does regularly play a top-six role. He played well with Jack Eichel in Buffalo and with Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly in Colorado two years ago. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau likes to mix up who plays on the top line with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. One game it could be Rickard Rakell and another game it could be David Perron. McGinn will get his shot. And with his ability to score on the power play, McGinn could be in for a good stretch run.

 

6. Justin Schultz

If there was one player that needed a trade, it was Schultz. He only has 10 points this year despite playing plenty of minutes on the power play. In Pittsburgh, he won't be relied on to lead the team and is good insurance for when if Kris Letang gets injured. Time on the Penguins second power-play unit might help his confidence. And with better players surrounding him, Schultz's plus/minus should also improve from the current minus-22.

 

5. Jiri Hudler

Hudler is having a regression season if there ever was one but this deal could do wonders for the 32-year-old. Hudler is the most likely traded player that can have a 70-point season next year. But he's squandered his best opportunity for points this year. He was playing with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan and was still having trouble getting points. Despite some good talent in Florida, it's hard to see Hudler getting better linemates than that.

 

4. Marko Dano

Dano, now on his third team in sixth months, has had trouble scoring in the professional leagues. But this will be his best opportunity. The Jets need bodies to fill its lineup with Ladd gone and Bryan Little out for the year with a compression fractured vertebrae. In Dano's first game with Winnipeg, he had a season-high 14:41

 

3. Eric Staal

Can Staal have a resurgence with the Rangers? Probably not. He's been declining for numerous years now and played last night on the third line centring Kevin Hayes and Oscar Lindberg. He also never saw any power-play time (although the Rangers had just one power play). If he can get into a top-six role, then there's a better chance. But for now you have to stay far away from Staal.

 

2. Andrew Ladd

It's only been one game since Ladd has been dealt to the Blackhawks. And it doesn't look good for Ladd owners. Ladd saw time mostly with Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews, but played just 14:10, way less than the 19:27 he averaged with the Jets before the trade. Although he did play 2:41 of power-play time. Ladd will probably lose his spot as a top-six forward once Marian Hossa comes back from injury. That will make Ladd a third-line shutdown guy with possibly second unit power-play time.

 

1. Mikkel Boedker

The biggest thing for Boedker isn't that he will get more ice time in Colorado. It's that he will get to play a top-six role on a team with better offensive talents. He was already on pace to match a career high in points playing with Antoine Vermette and Tobias Rieder. Now he'll play with either Matt Duchene or Nathan MacKinnon. His minus-28 is also in line to improve.