Trade Deadline Breakdown: Part Two

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Trade Deadline Breakdown: Part Two

The New Jersey Devils acquired forward Patrick Maroon from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a 2019 third-round pick and forward Joey Dudek. 

Patrick Maroon is a solid player and the Devils are making a run to win the cup, so trading for him was a great move. It’s been an awful year for Edmonton, from cup favorite to another possible number one pick. Making this deal is pretty fair for what Maroon has been doing this season. Joey Dudek is a very fast skater who can beat players to the puck and will battle it out. He may be a player to keep an eye on for the future. But Maroon can also be a depth guy to get from free agency. Maroon is not worth targeting for in fantasy unless you are in a deep league. But this is a good trade both ways. It fits both plans.

A small deal but still a trade to keep note on.

The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired forward Thomas Vanek from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for forwards Tyler Motte and Jussi Jokinen. 

Thomas Vanek at age 34, is getting up there in age, yet he is having a good year. Here are the stats…

Vancouver 2017-2018: 17G, 24A, 41P in 61GP. -12

Columbus 2017-2018: 2G, 1A, 3P in 6GP. +2

Fantasy owners should pick him up for depth going into the playoffs, but if your team is not going to playoffs. Don’t bother. Tyler Motte fits in with the Vancouver plan to get young, I like Motte as a player on the ice and deserves more credit than given. Jokinen will slot in on the second line in Vancouver. Tyler Motte should be on your radar for the future. I see him as a 40 point player at most.

The Nashville Predators acquire forward Ryan Hartman and 2018 fifth-round pick from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Victor Ejdsell, 2018 first-round pick, and 2018 fourth-round pick. 

Ryan Hartman… I would have never seen this guy going for a first round pick. When Ryan Hartman plays with a real good line he turns into a real good player. He started off the year playing with Patrick Kane and Hartman played unreal. Hartman will have a different role on the third line in Nashville but will fit nicely in their system. Hartman as a dynasty player is a 50-60 point player at his best. Victor Ejdsell is a 22 year old prospect in the SHL. Ejdsell is a very skilled player and is a big boy standing at 6’4 and 215 pounds. He is a goal scorer netting 20 goals in 50 games. Here are his 2016-2017 highlights…

Chicago will get a prospect with a high upside. Chicago won the deal by giving up Hartman for a first and a Ejdsell who has some potential. Nashville really wants to win the cup, but giving up too much future is going to pay. Blackhawks will have a new dynasty coming in the next few years. #Rememberthisarticle

One of the more exciting deals for fantasy teams, Vegas Golden Knights acquire forward Tomas Tatar from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for 2018 first-round pick, 2019 second-round pick, 2021 third-round pick.

Tatar is a player who brings a lot of speed to an offense. He has excellent hands and a tremendous shot. But the Golden Knights may have given a little to much for a player whose career high in points is 56. This clearly shows the Golden Knights are trying to make history and be the first expansion team to win Stanley. The Golden Knights had picks to give up at the deadline but should we question why they did not give lesser picks for a player like Evander Kane. Detroit has not had an exciting year as they are going into the rebuild stage of the franchise. But with some young players led by Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha, the hope is it the rebuild won’t last long. Detroit loads up on picks for the next upcoming drafts which is great especially for this upcoming year because it will be a great year to pick up an elite defenseman which is definitely a need in Detroit. Therefore this deal can go both ways, Vegas wins this deal for the short term but Detroit wins this deal for the future.

Dynasty Outlook: Tomas Tatar will be an offensive force playing with the unreal Vegas Knights. He will possibly break his career high point totals in Vegas. But if Tatar is available to be traded in your league, I would trade for him because he will become a lineup player eventually. If you’re going to make a run in the playoffs, give up a piece to get him. I tried to trade for him in my league and the other team had an insane price.

A shocking deal that we did not see coming from St. Louis is the Stastny trade.

The Winnipeg Jets acquire forward Paul Stastny from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for 2018 first-round pick, rights to forward Erik Foley.

Coming from my perspective I feel that this was an unnecessary deal by the Blues, a team that can go far in the playoffs if they added another piece but instead they traded a solid core player. The Blues may be having a bad year but going into next season I dislike this deal. Here are what Stastny’s stats looked like with the Blues so far this season.

Blues 2017-2018: 12G, 28A, 40P in 63GP. -5

I like those stats offensively but the -5 has me turning my head a little bit. Stastny will be 33 years old in late December. But age is not slowing down this player anytime time soon and the Jets will likely use him on the power-play. But Stastny will be a solid third line guy, maybe second line guy if Brian Little doesn’t start picking it up. Stastny has been a great fit for the Jets, here are his stats so far…

Jets 2017-2018: 2G, 2A, 4P in 3GP. +4

Stastny is a leader and this can be great for a young core who needs a guy like Stastny with experience.  From a fantasy owners perspective, I would try and find Stastny for depth purposes. But if he starts to heat up, put him in the lineup. Erik Foley the 20 year old forward who has been a dominate force for Providence in the NCAA. Here are the stats…

NCCA 2017-2018: 16G, 19A, 35P in 33GP. +15

Foley is a very offensive winger who can put the puck in the back of the net. Foley was drafted in the third round by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2015 NHL Draft. Played the 2014-15 season with Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League. Foley would play in 55 games, putting in 27 goals and adding 27 assists. +12. Foley led the team in points.

Dynasty Outlook: Foley should stay on your radar for the future. He could start seeing playing time next year. But if Foley does play he will be bottom line guy. Stastny should be a player to grab, but only if you are making a run to win your league due to his age. Stastny has 2-3 more solid years in my eyes until he will start slowing down.

Check out part three of this breakdown soon which will include the Evander Kane trade, Ryan McDonagh trade, and Derrick Brassard trade! Thanks for reading. Make sure too join our forums at!

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