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Fantasy: 2020 NHL Trade Deadline recap

Athanasiou can excel on McDavid's line; Pageau boosts Islanders; podcast episode

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Forward Andreas Athanasiou has been traded to the Edmonton Oilers by the Detroit Red Wings. This move could have a huge impact on Athanasiou's fantasy value given Edmonton's loaded offense with elite forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl and Athanasiou's speed on a line with McDavid. Athanasiou, who had 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) and was an NHL-worst minus-45 in 46 games with Detroit this season, had NHL career highs in goals (30) and points (54) last season and has been given a trial on the top line with McDavid, making him worth adding in most leagues. Athanasiou's tri-eligible status (C/LW/RW) gives him added fantasy appeal.

UPDATE: Athanasiou had two points (one goal, one assist), a plus-2, two shots on goal and played 16:50 in his Oilers debut on a line with mostly McDavid and fellow trade acquisition Tyler Ennis against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday but then sustained a lower-body injury on Wednesday and did not return.

The Oilers also acquired veteran defenseman Mike Green from the Red Wings on Sunday. Green is a sneaky add for fantasy owners in deep leagues with the expectation he could skate on the top power play with McDavid and Draisaitl in the absence of injured Oscar Klefbom (shoulder). Green's minus-32 with the Red Wings made him droppable in fantasy, even at the scarce defenseman position, but the three-time 50-point producer has bounce-back potential with potential elite exposure in Edmonton.

UPDATE: Green played 12:48 and did not have a point in his Oilers debut against the Ducks on Tuesday.

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The Carolina Hurricanes acquired center Vincent Trocheck from the Florida Panthers on Monday. Trocheck had four points (two goals, two assists) over his final four games with Florida, but his average ice time over the span (13:52 per game in span) was low. He is playing on the second line for the Hurricanes with wings Nino Niederreiter and Martin Necas, bumping veteran center Jordan Staal to the third line. Trocheck is a must-add center with the Hurricanes who had strong coverage of shots on goal (129) and hits (83) with the Panthers.

UPDATE: Trocheck played 17:06, including 3:53 on the second power play with Niederreiter and Necas, in his Hurricanes debut but did not have a point or any SOG.

Video: Hurricanes acquire Trocheck from Panthers



The New York Islanders acquired center Jean-Gabriel Pageau from the Ottawa Senators on Monday. The trade improves New York's Stanley Cup Playoff chances but could hurt Pageau's fantasy value with him playing on the third line behind centers Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson. Pageau, who already reached NHL career highs in goals (24) and power-play points (nine) with the Senators before the trade, has started on the second power play with Nelson, who had 23 goals and 50 points through 62 games. Pageau, who remains among's top 100 forward rankings after the trade, is worth holding onto in standard leagues with the hope that he improves New York's offense (2.84 goals per game, 22nd in NHL).

UPDATE: Pageau was limited to 12:07 in his Islanders debut against the New York Rangers on Tuesday because he had 17 penalty minutes but scored a goal, his 25th of the season, on two SOG.



The Vegas Golden Knights acquired goalie Robin Lehner from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. This move adds to the fantasy appeal of Lehner, who has a .918 save percentage in 33 games, considering he could get more goal support and wins with the Golden Knights compared to the Blackhawks, who are falling out of Stanley Cup Playoff contention. That said, Marc-Andre Fleury is the solidified No. 1 goalie for Vegas, which could mean a lighter workload for Lehner, a potential unrestricted free agent, down the stretch.



Forward Vladislav Namestnikov has been traded to the Colorado Avalanche by the Ottawa Senators. He is expected to make his Avalanche debut against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday on the third line with center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and rookie Martin Kaut but could be elevated into the top six at any point with injuries to elite right wing Mikko Rantanen (upper body) and center Nazem Kadri (lower body). Namestnikov, who plays mostly wing but has experience at center in the NHL, is worth monitoring in deep fantasy leagues in case he skates on the first or second line and/or first power play.



The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired veteran forward Patrick Marleau from the San Jose Sharks on Monday. Although Marleau, 40, was not fantasy-relevant with the Sharks this season (20 points in 58 games), he's worth monitoring in deep fantasy leagues in case he replaces Dominik Simon on a line with elite center Sidney Crosby and valuable wing Jason Zucker. Marleau ranks fourth among active NHL players with 1,186 points.

UPDATE: Conor Sheary, acquired by Pittsburgh from the Buffalo Sabres on Monday, is expected to start on a line with Crosby and Zucker in his first game back with the Penguins against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. Marleau is expected to play on the third line with Simon and Evan Rodrigues.

Video: Penguins acquire Patrick Marleau from Sharks



Veteran wing Wayne Simmonds has been acquired by the Buffalo Sabres from the New Jersey Devils. Simmonds is expected to start on Buffalo's second line with left wing Jeff Skinner and center Marcus Johansson, and also see power-play time. Simmonds, who covered power-play points (nine) and hits (128) well for the Devils this season, is worth monitoring in case he plays on the first power play, which would bring exposure to elite center Jack Eichel and valuable left wing Victor Olofsson.

Video: Sabres acquire Wayne Simmonds from Devils



The Calgary Flames acquired defenseman Erik Gustafsson from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. Gustafsson, who had 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) in 59 games with the Blackhawks, remains among's top 50 fantasy defenseman rankings. Gustafsson has been among the most disappointing fantasy defensemen this season based on average draft position after an NHL career-high 60 points last season for Chicago but is starting on the first power play for Calgary with valuable forwards Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk. It's worth noting valuable defenseman Mark Giordano (hamstring) is nearing a return from injury.

UPDATE: Giordano did not return for the Flames against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, and Gustafsson had the secondary assist on Monahan's power-play goal. Gustafsson played 21:00, including 2:47 on the power play.



The Carolina Hurricanes acquired defenseman Sami Vatanen from the New Jersey Devils on Monday. Vatanen, who remains out with an injury, is worth stashing in deep leagues in the hope that he returns soon and gets first power-play exposure to elite forwards Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen. It's worth noting elite defenseman Dougie Hamilton (fractured fibula) remains out long term, and Vatanen led the Devils in power-play points (10) this season prior to the trade.



The Washington Capitals acquired veteran wing Ilya Kovalchuk from the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday. The best-case scenario would be for Kovalchuk to get a trial on the top line with elite left wing Alex Ovechkin and either center Evgeny Kuznetsov or Nicklas Backstrom and/or an extended look on the first power play. Kovalchuk, who remains among's top 100 forward rankings, has started with center Lars Eller on the third line, where he could maintain his scoring pace with the Canadiens (13 points in 22 games).

UPDATE: Kovalchuk did not have a point in his Capitals debut against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday but had three shots on goal in 14:39 with 56 seconds of power-play time.

Video: Capitals acquire Ilya Kovalchuk for draft pick



The Boston Bruins acquired wing Ondrej Kase from the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. He will likely see significant time in the top six once he returns from an illness. Kase is expected to start on the second line with fellow Czech Republic forward David Krejci and left wing Jake DeBrusk and is worth adding in deep leagues ahead of his upcoming return. He had 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) and 135 SOG in 49 games with the Ducks this season but showed a higher gear in 2017-18 with an NHL career-high 20 goals in 66 games.


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