Saturday, March 3, 2007

NHL Trade Deadline, who is playing with who

Now that the trade deadline has come and gone I’m going to take a look back at the big names that moved and see who they are playing with. Because if you can’t add the big name to your Fantasy Hockey roster, you may be able to pick up some points by snatching their new linemates off of the waiver wire.

Peter Forsberg

Centering Paul Kariya and Martin Erat would likely boost any players fantasy stats, if that player is Peter Forsberg the sky may be the limit. If you didn’t manage to nab Forsberg before the deadline take a look and see if you can nab Erat. Forsberg has only put up 3 points since the trade so you may be able to snag him from a dissatisfied owner.

Ryan Smyth

Smyth is on a line with Islanders leading scorer Jason Blake and Randy Robitaille, once Alexei Yashin returns from injury he will replace Robitaille on that line. This could greatly increase Smyth’s point production for the remainder of the season and Robitaille might be worth a pickup for the short term.

Keith Tkachuk

Is now centering Ilya Kovalchuk and John Sim. Anyone on the same line as Kovalchuk should be able to generate some points, especially a player like Tkachuk who makes his living by parking his butt in front of the net. He has yet to record a point since the trade but keep an eye on him.

Bill Guerin

Guerin has joined former teammate Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo on San Jose’s top line. Guerin is probably gone already but some twitchy owner may have dropped Cheechoo earlier this season, if so grab him immediately.

Gary Roberts

Roberts started off riding shotgun with Sidney Crosby and Mark Recchi but has since been bumped down to the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Michel Ouellet. He also has 0 points since the move. Don’t take any action yet but keep an eye on Roberts as he could end up with a nice point burst in the last few months of the season.

Those are the big names, there were a few smaller names traded that could make a serious impact due to their new linemates.

Kyle Calder

Calder is currently on Detroit’s second line with Robert Lang and Johan Franzen, not a big deal but if Bertuzzi returns healthy Calder could see some quality icetime.

Anson Carter

For the short term Carter is partnered with Ray Whitney and Eric Staal but once Erik Cole returns from injury he will be likely relegated to the third line. He is a quality short term pickup until then even though he is pointless in 3 games so far.

Scottie Upshall

Upshall is on Philly’s top line with Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne, since the Feb 15th Peter Forsberg trade Upshall has potted 3 goals and 2 assists in 7 games including 2 GWGs. Considering that he had only put up 2 goals and 1 assist (both of those goals were game winners by the way!) this is a huge increase. If he can continue or even increase his current pace he would be a good addition as a 3rd or 4th winger to most teams in larger fantasy hockey leagues.

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