These four big names can either help or hurt your current fantasy hockey roster. Duchene and Dzingel were sent to Columbus, Coyle to Boston and Zuccarello to Dallas for those that did not know.
Duchene and Dzingel in Columbus:
Duchene has been playing with Panarin and Atkinson on the first line this could hurt Atkinson and Panarin or help, right now through two games the three have combined for 2 goals, 3 assists. I think with Duchene on the first line it definitely reduces Atkinson and Panarin impact a little but not by much that you would need to worry. For Duchene, I would say monitor the situation, he is playing power play two, first line minutes for now but having Atkinson a goal-scorer and Panarin and a player-maker, if Duchene finds himself in front of the net he will find a lot of points.
Dzingel now could really hurt players like Josh Anderson and Nick Foligno. As projected Dzingel is playing with Pierre Luc-Dubois and Oliver Bjorkstrand. Anderson-Foligno-Jenner are now third line forwards for the Blue Jackets and their stock definitely drops a bit. Dzingel stock rises definitely as Luc-Dubois is having a great year as well as Dzingel is playing power play two minutes.
Coyle to Boston:
This one could help or hurt Coyle’s stock as he will be a third line center for now until David Pastrnak returns. I would say it makes sense to play Coyle on the right side with Krejci to start in Boston for him to acclimated and confident with his new team. Now, if Coyle does play third line minutes the rest of the season he is going to be playing with Danton Heinen (when Pasta returns) and David Backes therefore he is not even worth the look. BUT like I said watch the situation and see where Coyle is once Pastrnak gets back.
Zuccarello in Dallas:
The long-time and beloved Mats Zuccarello leaves the only team he has known for a much quitter setting in Dallas. But, Zuccarello will finally get to play with one of the top players in the NHL, Jamie Benn. Zuccarello being the player he is, a pass first, play-maker type of guy then I’d except Zuccarello’s stock to definitely increase playing with guys like Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov and Jamie Benn, Zuccarello may be in a different place but he will have an immediate impact.
The news broke about 40 minutes ago, being that it was very vague at first I was hesitant to post the news. But Bob McKinzie did confirm that Coyle was sent to Boston.
The trade details are as follows. Bruins receive Charlie Coyle, Wild receive Ryan Donato and a fifth-round pick.
Coyle played 479 games with the Wild amounting to 242 points (91G, 151A). Coyle was a first round 28th overall draft pick in 2010 by the Sharks until he was sent to Minnesota. Ryan Donato was a 2nd round 56th overall draft pick in 2014 for Boston. He played in 46 NHL games collecting 18 points (11G, 7A). Donato came on the scene last season in the final regular season games for the Bruins.
The Bruins add some offensive upside with Coyle and a much needed right handed shot. Coyle has the potential to play on the second line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk or they can slot him as the 3rd line center. As of now it seems Coyle will be a second line right winger.
This means when David Pastrnak comes back the Bruins top-six will now be Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Coyle, DeBrusk, Krejci a sure upgrade. Donato will probably not see much NHL time with Minnesota this season but 22-years-old and the glimpses we have seen at the NHL level for him so far he has potential to be a second line center/left winger or at minimum a third line center.
Coyle is 26-years-old on a 3.2 million dollar AAV contract (6.4 cap hit) and will become a UFA in 2020 offseason. Coyle has 28 points in 60 games played this season (10G, 18A) and has collected 35+ points in every season since 2014 his best year came in 2016-17 when he tallied 56 points (18G, 38A).
Not official but hearing the trade is Coyle to BOS in exchange for Ryan Donato and a fifth-round pick. Details to come.
1. Charlie Coyle (C, RW) MIN: As the season is in the thickest part of the schedule, key players that had a rough first half will be called upon to turn it around for a big second half. Charlie Coyle had just 9 goals and 17 assists in 50 games played. In the week leading up to the All-Star break he did manage 2 goals and 2 assists. The Wild are just three points ahead of Dallas for third place in the Central. They have an important next month ahead of them and Coyle is a player that can play a big role in their success moving forward.
2. Colin Miller (D) VGK: Since returning from his injury Miller has recorded 4 assists in three games. The Golden Knights are again in the middle of a playoff run and with Miller back healthy he will play a large role in the Golden Knights success. Miller plays the power play, and upwards of 21 minutes a night. Aside from sheer minutes he is an effective point producing defenseman that can replace one of your struggling d-men.
3. Sven Baertschi (LW) VAN: The Canucks are still right there in a playoff hunt they are currently tied for the second wild card spot and one point ahead of the Ducks. The Canucks also just got back a healthy Elias Pettersson. Which in their last game before the break the Canucks had Beartschi, Pettersson and Brock Boeser on a line. If he does in fact stay with these two guys there is major upside to his value in fantasy. Keep an eye on his progression from week to week.
4. Joe Thornton (C) SJS: Sure the veteran does not have the same value in fantasy as he once did but Thornton is playing on a quick and explosive offense right now that is looking like they are going to be the favorites to come out of the West. Just having the players he does around him Thornton provides fantasy value. He is slotted with Marcus Sorensen and Kevin Lebanc on the third line but also on power play one. Thornton has 10 goals and 15 assists on the year.
5. Paul Stastny (C) VGK: The Golden Knights are getting their line up back healthy and Stastny is one of those guys that has missed a chunk of time this year. But since he has been back and healthy, the few games before the break he recorded an assist in four straight games. Stastny is playing with Max Pacioretty and Alex Tuch one of Vegas’s top performing lines at the moment. Stastny can provide a ton of value if he gets going after the break. On the year Stastny has 6 goals and 12 assists in 22 games.
If you think being a Rangers, Islanders, Devils, Flyers, Canucks fan is tough think about what the state of hockey and their fans feel like every time the Wild come out flying and fall short of their goal.
It has been a rough two weeks for Minnesota especially coming off a 7-2 loss to Edmonton Friday night and falling to now 5th in Central division. The Wild started out the season on a high note, winning games and taking pride in their defensively structure. Now, the last ten have not been in the Wild’s favor, the once top-two Central team is now fifth in the Central, 9th in the conference and 16th in the league.
Minnesota’s depth scoring
They are 3-7-0 in their last ten games and just +1 in terms of goal differential. They are clearly struggling on both sides of the puck, but was the Wild’s start a fluke? We all know the Central will be dominated by Winnipeg and Nashville but someone needs that three spot and a lot fans figured the Wild could be the next team up. The Wild’s offense has been off to a mediocre start, they are seeing production from a select few guys but not on a consistent basis. The Wild’s leading scorer is Mikael Granlund (11G, 17A) next up is Zach Praise (13G, 11A), these are players they expect to produce daily. What has hurt the Wild recently is players who they expect to produce not living up to expectations. For example the 30-goal scorer Jason Zucker is off to a slow start with 9 goals and 9 assists, Charlie Coyle has 4 goals and 9 assists, Nino Niederreiter has 4 goals and 10 assists, Jared Spurgeon even to has not been all that impactful with just 3 goals and 12 assists.
You are probably thinking for a defenseman 15 points is good, or 9 goals is solid for a forward, but most of these points came when the Wild were winning and things were going right for the team. When things have gone south so have these players production. Over the last ten games, Coyle has two points (1G, 1A), Zucker has four points (3G, 1A), Niederreiter has four points (2G, 2A), Spurgeon has five points (5A) these are players that while they may not be top three forwards around the NHL they still need to find a way to provide some much needed depth scoring for the Wild. Despite the Wild’s lack of goal scoring as they have scored 24 goals in their last ten games compared to the 27 goals for they scored in their previous eight games before they went on this skid. The Wild have allowed 35 goals against.
Can the Wild turn it around with their upcoming home stretch?
So the question is have the wheels fell off the wagon in Minnesota? Will be a contender in the Central or is there only hope a wild card spot? They have 5 home games coming up in the next two weeks (MTL, CGY, SJS, FLA, DAL) with three road games (PIT, WPG, CHI) and end the month of December with a home game vs Pittsburgh. It may still be early in the season but every point counts and the Wild need to make the most of these four straight home games coming up.
This five I can guarantee will make noise next season. Coyle in Minnesota, Miller in NYR, Eberle with a new club and Tavares, Horvat and Gagner possibly and Konecny in Philadelphia!
Charlie Coyle– The breakout year for the former San Jose 1st round pick in 2010 finally came. After four full years in the league, Coyle was highly sought out once he
was drafted. Coyle posted a career-high 56 points and 38 assists. The 25-year-old center produced exactly what was expected of him last season. As the Wild were successful and one of the top teams in the league, Coyle and the Wild offense saw a lot more success. With the roster looking basically the same for Minnesota, Coyle will only climb up the leaderboards from here. As the years continue Coyle will get more attention and continue to produce even better numbers. Look for Coyle to score a bit more next year and go for 25 plus goals.
Jordan Eberle– Eberle recently got shipped off to the New York Islanders for F Ryan Strome, what many thought was a no-brainer for the Islanders, they finally receive a solid #1 center to pair with John Tavares. Being that the two played together for team Canada, they have the chemistry and know how each other play. Tavares could be the exact thing Eberle needs to get back to his 60 point and 25 goal seasons. At only 27-years-old Eberle has played seven years thus far and has made quite an impression on some but others value him as a sub-par, inconsistent forward. But with a new environment, John Tavares, this may just be the thing Eberle needs to propel his career once again.
J.T. Miller– The former 1st round 15th overall draft pick by the New York Rangers, finally had the year many Ranger fans were looking for. Miller has made major strides towards being a top six forward since 2014-2015. With the Rangers using much of their cap space to sign D Kevin Shattenkirk, they still need some center depth. Although Miller has played on the left side much of his career the Rangers are hoping to put Miller in the center slot to add more balance to the lineup. With a career-high 56 points, 7 power play
points and 34 assists, Miller is only on the up from here on out. At 24-years-old and many other tools around him, Miller will only succeed, especially in the Rangers environment too. Miller has a lot of pressure on him next season as it’s never easy to top a 56 point year in your third full year, but with Miller’s skill, and playmaking ability, I think many can expect Miller to post similar numbers next season.
Bo Horvat- The 22-year-old forward continues to get better and better for Vancouver, imagine Horvat on a playoff team the flashy left-hander would soar to new heights. Being stuck in Vancouver who has not seen the best of years as of late, really puts Horvat under the radar, especially with the Sedin brothers too. But the 2013 9th overall pick saw his first All-Star game last season and a much deserving All-Star appearance as well. Horvat topped his career high set last season by 12 points, finishing last year with 52. Horvat scored 20 goals along with 32 helpers, with not many tools around the shifty center still managed to put up impressive numbers. With a new face in Vancouver perhaps Sam Gagner and Horvat can team up and boost both their production even more. If I were I’d expect Horvat to post an impressive 55 plus points next season.
Travis Konecny– Konecny fell a ton during the 2015 draft due to his size, many clubs passed on the 5’10 175lb center, luckily the Flyers grabbed him. Konecny may not have the greatest size but he has a ton of skill and is extremely hard working. Despite only posting 29 points and 11 goals last season, the Flyers as a whole did not see much success. With a fresh start and some new faces in Philadelphia, plus 70 games under the 20-year-olds belt will do wonders to this kids production next season. If paired with the right group Konecny can both bury the puck and dish it off to his linemates as well. Barring the right-handed center cracks the top six, he’ll be paired with two players that
will help him immensely. All Flyer fans can hope for is Konecny gets his shot and doesn’t get thrown under the bus riding bottom six minutes or he will be a waste of talent. Hoping Konecny plays top-six minutes next season, we can all expect him to post more than 11 goals and 29 points next season, especially if the Flyers are more successful next season.