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Fantasy forwards: Beneficiaries of trades

New, old teammates can see value spike; top 100 rankings

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

MacKinnon roofs wicked wrister

DET@COL: MacKinnon unleashes top-shelf goal on rush

2/27/16: Nathan MacKinnon starts a two-on-one rush into the zone and roofs the puck past Petr Mrazek's glove to even the game at 1

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From Andrew Ladd to Eric Staal to Mikkel Boedker, there have been plenty of fantasy ramifications from moves leading up to the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline.

The next step is finding potential benefits stemming from the trade activity of the past few days. While some teams are in the early stages of roster adjustments, others already have put together new lines.

Here are a few players around the League, some highly owned and some lesser owned, who can be impacted positively by recent trades.

Nathan MacKinnon, C/RW, and Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Colorado Avalanche

Alex Tanguay was a serviceable veteran and key component of the Avalanche during his nine seasons with the team, but the Avalanche did what it had to do at the deadline; it upgraded at right wing with a speedy goal-scorer in Mikkel Boedker (LW/RW, 27 percent owned). He's in the midst of a deep slump but easily could turn things around with top-notch linemates. While MacKinnon and Landeskog are owned in the vast majority of leagues, they have bounced around the lineup way too often this season and could use the stability from sticking with a finisher of Boedker's caliber. MacKinnon and Landeskog are among the top-75 fantasy assets but could improve their stock before the end of the regular season.

Aleksander Barkov, C, Florida Panthers

Barkov, 48-percent owned in Yahoo, has exploded offensively in three games since returning from injury with three goals, one assist, two power-play points and 11 shots on goal. And don't expect the injury to Jonathan Huberdeau to deter Barkov's breakout season considering the Panthers' moves before the deadline. They acquired Jiri Hudler, who could thrive with Barkov and fellow Czech Republic native Jaromir Jagr, and also Teddy Purcell, who had his moments alongside Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl with the Edmonton Oilers. Whichever of these serviceable fill-ins rounds out Barkov's line can help the young center continue his upward climb in fantasy.

Kevin Hayes, RW, New York Rangers

Staal played on the New York Rangers' third line alongside Hayes (RW, 29-percent owned) and rookie Oscar Lindberg for most of his debut Monday. He also played on the second power-play unit, and had one shot on goal. He also played alongside Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello in the third period. We're only one game into his Rangers tenure and Rick Nash eventually should return before the end of the regular season, so this is a situation to monitor closely. Either way, Hayes should have better linemates on the third line and could salvage his otherwise disappointing season (30 points in 61 games).

Nazem Kadri, C, Toronto Maple Leafs

Between injuries and trades, the Maple Leafs' roster has been dismantled. But on the bright side, they can shift into their long-term rebuild. William Nylander, Kasperi Kapanen and other prospects have been injected into the forward group, and Kadri could benefit down the stretch as the most experienced forward remaining (with James van Riemsdyk still out). Kadri has been a borderline top-100 fantasy asset this season and was kept around because the front office believes he can be a part of the solution. He continues to do most of the scoring for the Leafs, with one goal, five assists and 10 shots on goal in his past five games. He's 30-percent owned and will be at the forefront of the Maple Leafs' offense for the rest of the season.

Victor Rask, C, Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes are one game into life without Staal and now have an opportunity to showcase their young players down the stretch. Whether they can remain in contention for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is a different story, but Rask, their 23-year-old center, can do some damage alongside Elias Lindholm and Jeff Skinner on the Hurricanes' top line. There was line shuffling after Staal was traded close to the start of their game Sunday against the St. Louis Blues, but expect Rask (15 percent owned), who leads Hurricanes forwards in power-play points (14), to see a greater workload and feed off Skinner, who has bounced back in the goal-scoring department this season with 22 in 64 games after he had 18 in 77 games last season.

Rickard Rakell, C, Anaheim Ducks

Rakell, 15 percent owned, may be on the Ducks' third line but he cannot be ignored in deep fantasy leagues. He is playing with a top-40 overall fantasy asset in Corey Perry at even strength, has NHL career highs in goals (16), points (34) and shots on goal (139) this season, and is among the top 40 scorers in the League since Jan. 17 with 15 points in 18 games. The Ducks acquired forwards Brandon Pirri (currently out with an ankle injury) and Jamie McGinn, each of whom would be an improvement at left wing on Rakell's line compared to less-experienced Nick Ritchie. One of these recently acquired forwards should fit at right wing on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and David Perron, and the other could give Rakell some help on the third unit.

Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Chicago Blackhawks

It will be easy to marvel at the Blackhawks' top-six equation once Marian Hossa returns to the lineup on a line with Jonathan Toews and Ladd, but it's also easy to lose sight that Teravainen, 21, could benefit from better linemates on the third line as well. Andrew Shaw should re-join that depth unit in time, as should Dale Weise or Tomas Fleischmann, who proved to be high-end third-line forward for the Montreal Canadiens. Teravainen (11 percent owned) had a power-play assist Sunday against the Washington Capitals and played alongside Fleischmann and Andrew Desjardins at 5-on-5. He has made strides in his first full NHL season and is worth taking a chance on in deep leagues.

Video: TOR@CHI: Teravainen rips it past Reimer



These rankings indicate fantasy expectations for the rest of the season. Value is quantified by line combinations, power-play usage, past performance and overall upside in standard Yahoo categories (goals, assists, plus-minus, penalty minutes, power-play points and shots on goal.

1. Patrick Kane, C/RW, CHI    
2. Alex Ovechkin, LW/RW, WSH    
3. Jamie Benn, LW, DAL    
4. Tyler Seguin, C/RW, DAL    
5. Sidney Crosby, C, PIT    
6. Evgeny Kuznetsov, C/LW, WSH    
7. Evgeni Malkin, C/RW, PIT (+1)
8. Joe Pavelski, C/LW/RW, SJS (+1)
9. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, STL (-2)
10. Patrice Bergeron, C, BOS    
11. Nicklas Backstrom, C, WSH (+1)
12. Claude Giroux, C/RW, PHI (+1)
13. Steven Stamkos, C, TBL (+2)
14. Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY (+3)
15. Daniel Sedin, LW, VAN (-4)
16. Anze Kopitar, C, LAK (-2)
17. Joe Thornton, C, SJS (+5)
18. John Tavares, C, NYI (-1)
19. Taylor Hall, C/LW, EDM (-3)
20. Blake Wheeler, RW, WPG (+1)
21. Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA (+3)
22. Brad Marchand, LW, BOS (+7)
23. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TBL (-5)
24. Corey Perry, RW, ANA (+3)
25. Artemi Panarin, LW, CHI (-5)
26. Jonathan Toews, C, CHI    
27. Patrick Sharp, C/LW/RW, DAL (+1)
28. Filip Forsberg, C/LW/RW, NSH (+10)
29. Nathan MacKinnon, C/RW, COL (+1)
30. Jakub Voracek, LW/RW, PHI (DTD)
31. Ryan Johansen, C/RW, NSH (-8)
32. Wayne Simmonds, LW/RW, PHI    
33. Connor McDavid, C, EDM (-2)
34. Tyler Toffoli, C/LW/RW, LAK    
35. Max Pacioretty, LW, MTL    
36. Jason Spezza, C, DAL (+3)
37. James Neal, LW/RW, NSH (-4)
38. Matt Duchene, C/LW, COL (-2)
39. David Krejci, C, BOS (-2)
40. Zach Parise, LW, MIN (+2)
41. Phil Kessel, RW, PIT    
42. Jaromir Jagr, RW, FLA (+1)
43. Henrik Zetterberg, C/LW, DET (-3)
44. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, COL (+5)
45. Pavel Datsyuk, C/LW, DET (+1)
46. Derick Brassard, C, NYR (+1)
47. Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA (+13)
48. Justin Williams, RW, WSH (+2)
49. Jeff Carter, C/RW, LAK (-1)
50. Henrik Sedin, C, VAN (+2)
51. Loui Eriksson, LW/RW, BOS (+2)
52. Dylan Larkin, C/LW, DET (-8)
53. Tyler Johnson, C, TBL (+3)
54. Ryan Kesler, C/RW, ANA    
55. Logan Couture, C/LW, SJS    
56. Mike Hoffman, C/LW, OTT (+1)
57. T.J. Oshie, C/RW, WSH    
58. Andrew Ladd, LW, CHI (+38)
59. Bobby Ryan, LW/RW, OTT (-14)
60. Brandon Saad, LW/RW, CBJ (-2)
61. Scott Hartnell, LW, CBJ    
62. Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT (+5)
63. Brendan Gallagher, RW, MTL    
64. Mats Zuccarello, LW/RW, NYR    
65. David Perron, LW/RW, ANA (+6)
66. Shane Doan, LW/RW, ARI (+3)
67. Jack Eichel, C, BUF (-5)
68. Rick Nash, LW/RW, NYR (DTD)
69. Sean Monahan, C, CGY (+6)
70. Kyle Palmieri, LW/RW, NJD (-4)
71. Kyle Okposo, RW, NYI (-5)
72. Milan Lucic, LW, LAK (-4)
73. Eric Staal, C/LW, NYR (+15)
74. Tomas Plekanec, C, MTL (-1)
75. Tomas Hertl, C/LW, SJS (+7)
76. Max Domi, C/LW, ARI (-4)
77. Brayden Schenn, C/LW, PHI (+15)
78. Andre Burakovsky, LW, WSH (-1)
79. Boone Jenner, C/RW, CBJ (-5)
80. Evander Kane, LW, BUF
81. Leon Draisaitl, C/RW, EDM (-5)
82. David Backes, C/RW, STL (+2)
83. Jussi Jokinen, C/LW/RW, FLA (+3)
84. Jordan Eberle, RW, EDM (-3)
85. Carl Soderberg, C/LW, COL (-7)
86. Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT (+3)
87. Lee Stempniak, LW/RW, BOS (-2)
88. Jaden Schwartz, LW, STL (-5)
89. Ryan Spooner, C/LW, BOS (-2)
90. Mark Stone, RW, OTT (+4)
91. Mikko Koivu, C, MIN (-1)
92. Chris Kreider, LW, NYR (-1)
93. Brandon Dubinsky, C/LW, CBJ    
94. Jeff Skinner, LW/RW, CAR (+4)
95. Mike Ribeiro, C, NSH (NEW)
96. Jarome Iginla, RW, COL (+3)
97. Vincent Trocheck, C/RW, FLA (NEW)
98. Justin Abdelkader, LW/RW, DET (-1)
99. Mark Scheifele, C, WPG (NEW)
100. Mikkel Boedker, LW/RW, COL (NEW)

Just missed: Marcus Johansson (C/LW/RW, WSH), Jiri Hudler (C/LW/RW, FLA), Andrew Shaw (RW, CHI), Frans Nielsen (C, NYI), Nazem Kadri (C, TOR), Jordan Staal (C/LW, CAR), Nick Foligno (C/LW, CBJ), Tomas Tatar (LW/RW, DET), Ondrej Palat (LW, TBL), Victor Rask (C, CAR)

Dropped out: Shaw

Key injuries: Alexander Steen (C/LW, STL), Marian Hossa (RW, CHI), Ryan O'Reilly (C/LW/RW, BUF), Jonathan Huberdeau (C/LW, FLA), Mike Cammalleri (C/LW, NJD), Bryan Little (C/RW, WPG), James van Riemsdyk (LW, TOR), Kyle Turris (C, OTT), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (C, EDM), Brandon Pirri (C/LW/RW, ANA)

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