Players who’s fantasy value increased…
Ryan O’Reilly: O’Reilly really seemed as if he wanted out of Buffalo towards the end of last year he even came out and said he was not having fun playing hockey and his passion was slowly dying. It was inevitable that Buffalo was going to part ways with O’Reilly but now that he has landed in St. Louis, his typical 55-60 point season. O’Reilly may be well above the 60 range mark this year playing with Alex Steen, Patrick Maroon/Robby Fabbri. O’Reilly has way more weapons around him plus a winning environment it is obvious O’Reilly fantasy value increases a ton due to this trade.
Mike Hoffman: SKY ROCKETS, he gets out of terrible Ottawa and stays within his division where he has buried 20+ goals four years in a row now. To getting put on a line with Vincent Trocheck and Nick Bjugstad this Florida line two is going to be unreal. Hoffman will thrive in Florida and will not see anything different than what he saw in Ottawa. A total increase for Hoffman!
Players who’s fantasy value stayed the same
Noah Hanafin: Some would say it decreases his value a bit but I think it only increases it, he is said to be playing 3rd line minutes but that is very doubtful to stay like that. Hanafin is coming off his best year in the league with 10 goals and 22 assists. I would expect a similar year out Hanafin playing powerplay two and most likely top four minutes, the young defenseman will find his groove in Calgary as long as they stay successful and don’t hit rough spots. Hanafin’s fantasy value is probably around the same as it was before.
Elias Lindholm: Lindholm has been trying to crack that 20-goal mark for quite sometime now but it won’t happen anytime soon. Right now being slotted on the third line with potential line two minutes the 40 point forward will stay within that range. His value decreases a tad due to his role on Calgary now, in Carolina he was a top six forward for sure and playing more minutes that what he will in Calgary. Lindholm’s value decreases a tad but still a solid 35 point player.
Dougie Hamilton: Hamilton’s value increase a tad, going from Calgary to Carolina is a change but Hamilton will probably be seeing more time in Carolina due to their defensive line up. Hamilton will be have to share some powerplay time with Justin Faulk but still he will be the main power play option for Carolina. Coming off a 44 point season and his fourth 40+ point season Hamilton’s value does not decrease at all. He is a top 20 defenseman no matter where he goes.
Players who’s fantasy value decreased
Phillip Grubauer: Stays about the same perhaps drop a little due to not having as good as a team in front of him. With Grubauer going to Colorado he still needs to compete for a starting job and when he will get in he will be tested much more due to the Avalanche not having as good as a defense as Washington. Still value in Grubauer but I won’t look at him nearly as much for a spot start this year.
Connor Sheary: Some would say his value does not move much but I would say Sheary’s value drops a ton. Not playing with Sidney Crosby or Malkin or Kessel to now playing with Mittlestadt or Berglund Sheary will be no where near his once 50 point season, Sheary will be a 30 point forward at best. Sheary’s value is no where what it was in 2016-17, especially after a 23 point decrease from 16-17 to 17-18, it does not look much better for the 26-year-old forward.
Max Domi: Domi’s value is subpar to begin with and it does not get any better going to Montreal as much as he seems to be excited to playing for a Canadian team and an original six team, Domi’s faith will die out once he realizes they are even worse than Arizona. Domi went from 52 to 38 to 45 points he has been a bit streaky and I think we see another 35-40 point season out of him. Playing alongside Phillip Danault and Artturi Lehkonen there is not much to support or really make Domi that much of a better player than what he was in Arizona. His value decreases a slight amount to say the least.