It has been one of the more unpredictable fantasy hockey seasons in recent memory. From the inhuman like qualities of Brent Burns to the evolution of Jeff Carter and his consistency – we’ve literally seen it all.
The NHL Trade Deadline is now just about three weeks away and for most fantasy leagues – your deadline to make deals is around that time too.
With that in mind, here’s a stock watch – some guys to deal for and some to potentially cut ties with.
DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT
Jonathan Huberdeau – LW – Florida Panthers
The Huberdeau-Barkov-Jagr combo is back and that’s bad news for the rest of the NHL. In three games since his return from injury, Huberdeau has been doing his thing – two goals, three assists and 13 SOG. It should come as no surprise that the Panthers are trending upwards too. It may be a little late on this front but might as well engage his owner and see what it would take. I’d look at doing that quick times.
Mark Stone – RW – Ottawa Senators
You all should know this by now but Mark Stone is a notorious second half surger. Like other years, he’s heating up and it’s not shocking whatsoever. For the third consecutive season, he’s cracked 20 goals and seems well on his way to 30. The 24-year-old needs just seven more goals to tally a new career high. He’s notched six points in the last six contests. BUY, BUY, BUY!
Viktor Arvidsson – LW, RW – Nashville Predators
With the Predators just about completely healthy for the first time in a while – expect them to start streaking. I’m among the many in the fantasy hockey community that have just been ranting and raving over Arvidsson. He’s a stud and it looks like Peter Laviolette is feeling him right now too – Arvidsson was recently promoted to Nashville’s top line to play with Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg. The speedy winger is fresh off notching a hat trick in a 7-4 loss to Florida on Saturday. What are you waiting for? Go out there and get him.
Colton Parayko – D – St. Louis
Mark my words (especially if you’re in a keeper league) – picking up Parayko could be franchise altering. Now, I’ve discussed this file this year almost ad nauseam but I’m all about him. The size, the shot, the craftiness – he’s the real deal. The seemingly imminent departure of Kevin Shattenkirk in St. Louis will help Parayko to take off as well. It’s no coincidence he’s been his most productive so far in his NHL career when Shattenkirk is not in the lineup.
Anze Kopitar – C – Los Angeles Kings
We thought we were his offensive emergence a couple weeks ago but now, Kopitar has been held pointless in three straight games. That being said, he did have nine points in the previous five games before this little cold streak. When will he fully breakout? Only time will tell but he’s been a notorious second half producer and should be good for a point-per-game pace down the stretch. I have faith in him. He’s only scored six times in 49 games – YIKES! This inconsistency can’t continue – can it?
Other BUY CANDIDATES – NYI Nick Leddy, CAR Justin Faulk, MIN Nino Niederreiter, CBJ Brandon Dubinsky, ARI Radim Vrbata, NYI Anders Lee
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – D – Arizona Coyotes
Obviously, the Coyotes will be dumping some assets before March 1st at 3 PM Eastern. That can’t bode well for OEL owners. It’s already been a disappointing year to this point. It’s time to cut ties and get what you can. There’ll be someone out there who could find use from him.
Shayne Gostisbehere – D – Philadelphia Flyers
Unless he randomly starts to produce, it’s time to DROP Gostisbehere unless we’ve talking keeper league. It’s been a tough year and it seems like he’s constantly in Dave Hakstol’s dog house. In terms of keeper value, he’ll figure things out but it doesn’t look like it’ll be this year. You win some, you lose some.
Mark Giordano – D – Calgary Flames
After a career high 56 points in 82 games last season, Giordano will fall way short of that this campaign. Once again – Calgary has had its share of goaltending and defensive issues. Some things never change. It’s astonishing but Giordano has failed to register a point in the last nine games. That surely makes him a candidate to be BOMBED by Boomer Gordon in the near future. It’s a lost cause (for me at least), do what you can in moving him. Perhaps his age has caught up to him. He’s lost significant time too to the likes of T.J. Brodie and Dougie Hamilton.
Brandon Saad – LW, RW – Columbus Blue Jackets
It’s no secret that the Columbus Blue Jackets are struggling. Saad is now pointless in the last four straight games. His current fantasy rank should make it easier to find a trade partner. Sell with the thought that it’ll be a difficult end of the season for him. It’s a bit of a gamble because he could easily turn it on again but this is certainly a calculated risk. By the way – same thoughts goes for the likes of Nick Foligno and Zach Werenski, among others.
Jonathan Toews – C – Chicago Blackhawks
If you own Toews, it’s the perfect time to deal him. He’s never really been an outstanding fantasy file. Too bad you don’t get points for just being a tremendous all-around player. In five games in February, the Hawks captain has seven points in five games. You’ll find someone who’ll give you strong value for him. Do it.
Other SELL CANDIDATES: FLA Jonathan Marchessault, ANA Cam Fowler
Brett Connolly – LW, RW – Washington Capitals
Brandon Dubinsky – C – Columbus Blue Jackets
Patrik Berglund – C – St. Louis Blues
Frank Vatrano – C, LW – Boston Bruins
Ryan Strome – C, RW – New York Islanders
Steve Laidlaw of SPORTSNET.CA and DOBBERHOCKEY.COM joined me to break it all down on Episode 15 of the Fantasy Fix Podcast.
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