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Fantasy spin: Brayden Schenn can be No. 1 center for Blues after trade

Category coverage asset could play with Vladimir Tarasenko, boost St. Louis power play

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

The St. Louis Blues acquired forward Brayden Schenn on Friday and finally have a proven No. 1 center to play alongside elite right wing Vladimir Tarasenko.

Schenn, 25, who was traded from the Philadelphia Flyers for Jori Lehtera and NHL Draft picks, finished 83rd overall in Yahoo's performance-based rankings based on standard category production this season, and had a career-high 59 points in 2015-16. He was 94th in NHL.com's fantasy rankings for next season prior to the trade.

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Fantasy spin: Derek Stepan, Antti Raanta will be busier with Coyotes

Arizona lands No. 1 center, starting goaltender in trade; defenseman Anthony DeAngelo can be sleeper for Rangers

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

The workloads should increase significantly for center Derek Stepan and goaltender Antti Raanta after each was traded to the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. Whether either can come close to equaling his past fantasy value remains to be seen.

The Coyotes acquired Stepan and Raanta from the New York Rangers for defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and the seventh pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Stepan and Raanta instantly become Arizona's No. 1 center and goaltender, respectively. Each was ranked among NHL.com's top 250 fantasy players.

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Fantasy impact: Artemi Panarin traded for Brandon Saad

Blue Jackets elevate offense by adding elite left wing; Blackhawks right wing could break out on power play

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

The Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets pulled off a shocking trade Friday that could shake up the fantasy forward landscape next season.

The Blackhawks traded left wing Artemi Panarin to the Blue Jackets in a package that sent right wing Brandon Saad back to Chicago. Panarin, 25, won the Calder Trophy in 2016 and has 151 points and 41 power-play points in 162 NHL games for Chicago mostly alongside elite right wing Patrick Kane.

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Fantasy spin: Jordan Eberle, Ryan Strome get fresh starts with trade

Islanders acquire impact right wing for John Tavares' line; Oilers add speed to top six

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

Forwards Jordan Eberle and Ryan Strome have seen their NHL careers follow a similar path; each was a first-round NHL Draft pick who had success early on but has since struggled.

But after the Edmonton Oilers traded Eberle to the New York Islanders for Strome on Thursday, each forward will have the opportunity to revitalize his career with a much-needed change of scenery.

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Fantasy: Golden Knights roster after NHL Expansion Draft

Jonathan Marchessault, Shea Theodore could see prominent roles if they remain with Vegas

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

The Vegas Golden Knights officially have a roster, meaning we can finally begin to incorporate their NHL Expansion Draft selections and other players into the fantasy landscape.

There likely are still plenty of trades and free-agent signings ahead for the Golden Knights, especially involving their surplus of defensemen. They will also have the No. 6 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft on Friday.

But for now, let's identify Vegas' most fantasy-relevant players. Four players they selected were among NHL.com's latest top 250 rankings, and their biggest free-agent signing to date joins them in that company.

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Fantasy spin: Mike Smith could be top 20 goalie for Flames

Veteran has potential to win 30 games, provide sleeper value after trade from Coyotes

by Ben Zweiman @BZweimanNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Mike Smith has the potential to be a top 20 fantasy goaltender with the Calgary Flames next season.

Smith, 35, was traded to the Flames by the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday for goalie Chad Johnson, defenseman prospect Brandon Hickey and a conditional third-round pick.

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Fantasy impact: Trade to Canadiens could limit Jonathan Drouin's upside

Montreal's center situation may lower forward's ceiling; defenseman Mikhail Sergachev has keeper potential with Lightning

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

Left wing Jonathan Drouin is undoubtedly a high-end offensive talent, but being traded to the Montreal Canadiens from the Tampa Bay Lightning could limit his fantasy hockey ceiling.

The Canadiens acquired Drouin on Thursday for defense prospect Mikhail Sergachev in a package that included conditional 2018 NHL Draft picks. Drouin, 22, signed a six-year contract reportedly worth $33 million and likely will be protected by the Canadiens for purposes of the NHL Expansion Draft. Sergachev, 18, is exempt from the expansion draft because he's in his entry-level contract.

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Fantasy: Top 250 rankings for 2017-18

NHL.com lists most valuable standard-league assets for next season

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

The 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs yielded plenty of fantasy developments heading into next season, and the offseason ahead promises to shake up the landscape even further.

From the Nashville Predators' surprising run to the Stanley Cup Final to the rise of the young Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs, there are plenty of players who have gained fantasy value from the postseason. Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel, who led the NHL in playoff goals (13) as a rookie, warrants much earlier consideration in drafts next fall.

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Fantasy value gained in 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Leon Draisaitl, Jake Guentzel among players who have altered landscape for next season

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

When it comes to a player's fantasy stock, the Stanley Cup Playoffs can be a game changer.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov are prime examples of how playoff value spikes can carry over to the following season. Last postseason, Murray stepped in for an injured Marc-Andre Fleury and won 15 of his 21 playoff games to help Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup. Kucherov was better than a point per game (19 points in 17 games).

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Fantasy projected goalie starters

Updates from NHL.com correspondents, teams, reports

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy / NHL.com

Projected goalie starters are based on reporting of NHL.com staff and correspondents at morning skates, team announcements and media reports. While last-minute lineup changes are possible, these projections provide fantasy owners with the most up-to-date information available.

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