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2021 NHL Trade Deadline fantasy preview

Laine, Sabres players worth targeting in fantasy ahead of potential moves

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

With the 2021 NHL Trade Deadline set for Monday at 3 p.m. ET, NHL.com has identified players who could be moved and should be targeted in fantasy trades or on the waiver wire before potential trades happen in reality. For more coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

 

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NOTE: Players who play for non-contending teams, have expiring contracts (potential unrestricted or restricted free agents) after this or next season and/or have underachieved based on preseason fantasy expectations have been included on this list because of the chance each could be traded before the deadline. Although there is no guarantee any of the below players will be traded before the deadline, fantasy managers should consider adding or trading for any these players before potential moves happen ahead of possible upticks in statistical performance.

 

FORWARDS

Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CGY
NOTES: Potential 2022 UFA; possible non-contending team

Patrik Laine, LW/RW, CBJ
NOTES: Potential 2021 RFA; traded from Winnipeg Jets to Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 23

Dustin Brown, RW, LAK
NOTES: Potential 2022 UFA; possible non-contending team

Sam Reinhart, C/RW, BUF
NOTES: Potential 2021 RFA; non-contending team

Rickard Rakell, LW/RW, ANA
NOTES: Potential 2022 UFA; non-contending team; currently out with an upper-body injury

Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANA
NOTES: Potential 2021 UFA; non-contending team; currently out with an upper-body injury

 

DEFENSEMEN

Mattias Ekholm, NSH
NOTE: Potential 2022 UFA

Rasmus Ristolainen, BUF
NOTES: Potential 2022 UFA; non-contending team

P.K. Subban, NJD
NOTES: Potential 2022 UFA; non-contending team

 

GOALIES

Linus Ullmark, BUF
NOTES: Potential 2021 UFA; non-contending team

Jonathan Bernier, DET
NOTES: Potential 2021 UFA; currently out with a lower-body injury

Antti Raanta, ARI
NOTES: Potential 2021 UFA; currently out with a lower-body injury

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