BUY LOW SELL HIGH: TRADE DEADLINE PART 1

Justin Rosser- March 25, 2021

This articles stats are based off of league settings including G, A, +/-, PPP, SHP, GWG, SOG, HIT, BLK and the standard goalie stats of W, GAA, SV% and SHO.

With most Fantasy leagues trade deadlines approaching GM’s are forced to make some tough decisions. No matter if you have the BYE locked up, or are in a tight log jam for that last spot to the playoffs or simply not going to make the playoffs, take a look at some possible trade deadline moves. So pull up those bartering pants, sanitize those hands, put on your mask and let’s go!

BUY LOW:

Andrei Svechnikov (LW, RW) CAR:

Svechnikov is an absolute beauty, before the season started he was just outside top 10 for projections, at that time I thought he would be on the top line all year with Aho and Teravainen. He has fluctuated throughout the lineup and when Tuevo returns, they might try to get him back to line 1. Currently sitting on line 2 with Jordan Staal and Jesper Fast, he still has tons of value and the talent is non arguable.

With 9 goals and 14 assists on the year, he has under performed up to this point, which is why I have him on my buy low list. He won’t come “cheap”, but this is probably the lowest his cost will be this year ranked 105th overall.

The current owner might be a bit nervous with his performance lately, having 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 7 games played. I have full confidence that he will get going again and finish the season off strong, so go make a offer to the Svechnikov owners and see if you can get a bite.

Roman Josi (D) NSH:

Ranking 163rd, Josi is a top offensive defenseman talent in the league. Recently returning from a 7 game absence (UBI), he could be a sneaky/not sneaky add to your roster before playoff time.

With 2 goals and 15 assists, his ranking only helps your trade values, especially with his -12 rating. What’s great about Roman Josi, is that he plays a lot of minutes, usually in the 22-25 minute range. If your lacking in defense, Josi is coming in at the ultimate discount for a defenseman that can put up points and i would make an active effort to try to add him for a good price.

He is top pairing D and top line PP, same as last year when he had 16 goals and 49 assists with a +22 in a shortened season.

Tristan Jarry (G) PIT:

Tristan Jarry is a fantastic target to really lock up your goalie position. The owner might seem down with his current 215th rank, jump on this and offer him a couple of shiny quarters and smile while you walk away with a dollar in your hand.

Playing in 23/33 of Pittsburgh’s games, he is a legit goaltender. Jarry had a rough start to the year and after 7 games played he was ranked in the 500’s, so he has been gradually climbing.

13 wins on the season and a .909 SV% with 2.82 GAA, he is rising fast. In his last 6 games he has a 2.00 GAA and a 0.937 SV%, so he is deceivingly good.

Simply put, Jarry is a MUST trade target… if you need a goalie.

Alex Pietrangelo (D) VGK:

Pietrangelo is currently sitting in someones IR spot and has some of the “must win” owners not happy. Dealing with an upper body injury, he has missed the last 10 games and will miss at minimum the next 2. What a great time to buy, just a couple games away from potentially returning to the lineup on one of the best teams in hockey.

Pietrangelo is one of the leagues best defensemen in my mind, after a stellar year in 2020, with 16 G and 36 A, he is an all around good player to have. He gets some hits and a fair amount of blocked shots, but always gets points.

Time for a discount on a great player from a frustrated owner to prepare yourself for playoffs.

Honorable mentions: Sean Couturier (C) PHI, Jamie Benn (C, LW) DAL.

SELL HIGH:

David Perron (LW, RW) STL:

Perron has had a phenomenal year, currently ranked 57th, his value has never been higher.

Now could be a great time to sell, playing on the second line in St Louis and on PP2, he has been one of the coldest players (of the higher end players) in the last 2 weeks with 2 G and 3 A over that span. I think the fact he has LW and RW eligibility really increases his value and the return would be excellent.

Perron will still have a good rest of season, but you might be able to trade for a Sebastian Aho type Center player for a winger needy team. Check if your potential “trade partner” has 3 or less at one of the Winger positions.

Ryan Strome (C, RW) NYR:

Strome started the year so cold that it made Antarctica feel like the Amazon Jungle, recently he has been so hot that the ice has melted and he is sailing up the rankings.

As much as I like Strome, this is a fantastic time to sell him, people pay up for recency bias and Strome has a lot of that in his favor.

Recording 10 goals and 16 assists on the year, Strome is currently ranked 87th, he has been a point per game guy over his last 10 games and has 5 G and 12 A last month. I would try to get a pretty good return or just stick with him, don’t make a lateral trade.

NOTE: If you have Panarin, I would not trade Strome, that stack is just too juicy!

Jack Campbell (G) TOR:

I hope you grabbed him while you could, Campbell’s value is definitely UP right now.

With his last two games back to back shutouts, Campbell looks like the replacement goalie for Freddy Anderson (OUT 7-10 DAYS). There is a possible chance that he earns a much bigger role if he keeps playing well in Freddy’s absence.

First, go look at the Anderson’s owners roster, he is a potential trade partner, also go find the two teams with the worst goalies, make them an offer.

The best feeling is getting a great return on a waiver wire add, steps in the right direction for a championship team.

Dominik Kubalik (LW, RW) CHI:

This has “Ryan Strome” all over it…same situation, a second line player that gets hot and cold at times.

Kubalik is having a great last 6 games with 2 G and 4 A and should be attractive to sell. He is ranked 80th and you might be able to trade for a slightly cold valuable player. I see these trades all the time and then the valuable guy almost always recovers (unless your name is Taylor Hall).

Summary: All these trades are subjective to the GM’s and situation based on league settings and opposing teams. Take all options under consideration and maximize your return, or “potential” return. Check a quick list below for GM’s looking to get a keeper for next year that might be available or you could trade for if your season is lost. Good Luck!

Potential keeper acquisitions:

Nikita Kucherov TBL

Jack Eichel BUF

Tyler Seguin DAL

Justin Rosser- March 25, 2021

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