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Fantasy buzz: Impact of Nash trade on Bruins

Forward was one of top even-strength goal-scorers during Rangers tenure, could play on second line with Krejci, power play

by James Harding / NHL.com Fantasy Correspondent

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Forward Rick Nash was traded to the Boston Bruins by the New York Rangers for forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey , defenseman Ryan Lindgren, and two draft picks. The trade makes Nash a more valuable fantasy asset for the remainder of the season.

Nash (LW/RW, 41 percent owned), who could debut for the Bruins against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; SN360, MSG-B, NESN, NHL.TV), should slot into their top six in place of Spooner on their second line with David Krejci (C, 23 percent) and Jake DeBrusk (LW, 4 percent). Nash has 28 points (18 goals, 10 assists) in 60 games, and had 11 points (nine goals, two assists), two power-play points and 61 shots on goal in his final 18 games with the Rangers.

Nash will provide an offensive boost to an already potent Bruins lineup. He has 111 even-strength goals since joining the Rangers in 2012-13 (13th in NHL). On top of skating on their second line, he has a chance to replace Spooner on their first power-play unit or skate on the wing of their second unit with Krejci, DeBrusk, forward David Backes (C/RW, 31 percent) and defenseman Charlie McAvoy (64 percent). 

The move could help boost the fantasy values of Krejci and DeBrusk, and rookie forward Danton Heinen (C/LW/RW, 22 percent). Krejci and DeBrusk has combined for three points (two goals, one assist) in their past six games. Heinen, who has 39 points (12 goals, 27 assists) and 11 power-play points in 55 games, should be first in line for a promotion to Spooner's former spot on the point of the Bruins first power-play unit, with forwards Patrice Bergeron (19th in Yahoo), Brad Marchand (26th) and David Pastrnak (53rd), and defenseman Torey Krug (132nd). 

The Bruins have a favorable schedule down the stretch of the fantasy season. They are tied with the Florida Panthers for most games remaining in the NHL (23). They play six of those games against non-contending teams and have eight games in the final two weeks of the fantasy playoffs, which is tied for second in the NHL.

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