Trade Deadline Waiver Wire Targets

As the 2017 trade deadline is a week old now, it’s time to reflect and ask ourselves which players are going to benefit from the deals that were done. Though there we no major blockbuster deals like years past, there were some that help the depth and scoring ability of a few teams. This also means that there could be some fantasy gems left in your leagues free agency pools that could emerge as depth pickups to help you win some close battles heading into your playoff runs. I have listed several players who I think will benefit statistically from the moves their teams made at the deadline.

Valtteri Filppula

Filppula was involved in a trade that sent him and his $5 million cap hit to Philadelphia in exchange for Mark Streit, and a 2017 4th and 7th round pick. He is a guy who has put up an average of about 45 points per season which is fairly respectable for the role he is typically tasked with as a third line center. With his new scenery, playing on the second line with Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek, as well as gaining more powerplay time, I believe that Val should be able to boost his production. He is a gifted passer, which should complement sniper Voracek nicely. Filppula has also responded well to change in the past, posting 58 points in 75 games after signing with Tampa following eight seasons with Detroit. Though there is a surplus at center in the NHL fantasy hockey, Filppula should be able to slide in well as a utility forward or spot start.

Alexandre Burrows

Burrows was sent to Ottawa in return for 2nd round Swedish prospect Jonathan Dahlen. On the surface this looked like a trade that was a run-away for the Canucks, but Burrows has shown early on that given the opportunity he can produce offense at a high level. Burrows has shown this in the past in 2008-2011 when he was playing alongside the Sedin twins, and it’s starting to look like 2008 again for Burrows as he’s chimed in with 4 points (3-1-4) in 3 games with his new team. With the help of Derick Brassard and Mark Stone on the first line, Burrows should continue to produce on a Senators team that is trending upwards heading into the playoffs. As productive wingers are tough to come by in deeper fantasy formats, you should be jumping for Burrows while he’s still hot.

Jannik Hansen

Hansen has found a new home in San Jose as he was traded from Vancouver for Nikolay Goldobin and a 2017 conditional 4th round pick (becomes 1st round pick if SJ wins the Stanley Cup). Hansen has had a rough season so far with only 13 points (6-7-13) in 28 games this season. He has battled injury and played lower in the Canucks depth chart playing around 15 minutes a game. Following his trade, the winds are about to change for Hansen. Pending visa issues, he’s expected to set up shop on the Sharks top line with the Joe bro’s (Thornton & Pavelski). Hansen should be the beneficiary of a collection of tap in goals from the newest member of the 1000 assist club. If you are currently having trouble with your RW depth, Hansen is a player that should take up a spot on your roster once his visa issues clear up.

Dylan Larkin

Larkin was not involved in any trade at the deadline, though should start to benefit from the departure of Thomas Vanek. Since the trade deadline, Larkin has earned himself a bump in ice time and powerplay time. He’s shown what he can do with that in a game recently vs Edmonton where he tallied a goal and an assist in just over 17 minutes of ice time. If you are in a position to take a chance on a player with the potential to carry you through your fantasy playoffs, Larkin may just be that guy. His opportunity with more ice time may result in what we saw last year from Larkin which is an explosive winger with the ability to catch opposing defenses flat footed. If you are involved in a dynasty format, pick up Larkin immediately as this will prove to be an outlier season for the dynamic sophomore.

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