Tag: Erik Karlsson

Top-15 UFA Players This 2019 NHL Off-Season

This has to be one of the better UFA off-season’s upcoming. There are a ton of solid players along with a handful of superstar UFA’s this off-season. Just for clarification a UFA means unrestricted free-agent. Meaning that any team can offer them a contract where as a RFA is restricted and their current team gets first bid then if they decline their is a period where the player is available to any team.

1. Erik Karlsson: San Jose Sharks have a very difficult choice, let their captain Joe Pavelski go or re-sign Erik Karlsson… Karlsson is 28-years-old coming off a 6.5 million dollar cap hit, probably looking for 9.5-10.5 million.

2. Artemi Panarin: A BIG conversation surrounding this play-making star. Panarin is looking for around 9 million I’d assume and if the Blue Jackets do shed Sergei Bobrovsky, Panarin may return to Columbus.

3. Jeff Skinner: At only 5.75 million a year Skinner is producing like a 8.5+ million type player right now. Skinner has 29 goals and 42 points in 43 games this season. It will be a BIG topic for Buffalo on what to do with Skinner come the deadline/free agency.

4. Matt Duchene: The 27-year-old forward has been unbelievable this season. Due to his speed, goal-scoring, play-making ability, Duchene will be a highly sought after forward. He has 42 points in 37 games this season (18G, 24A).

5. Mark Stone: Another Senator, Stone is probably going to be making the same he is now just a long term deal. It seems likely he will stay with Ottawa though, depending on Duchene.

6. Joe Pavelski: The 33-year-old veteran forward seems like he is not aging with currently 25 goals and 38 points in 46 games. Pavelski will probably cost 7-7.5 million a year.

7. Sergei Bobrovsky: This is based on Panarin really but I think we see Bob walk from Columbus after this season or possibly soon. Either way whoever gets Bob will need to sign him to a 4-5 year deal for 7 million a year.

8. Jordan Eberle: Eberle did produce 59 points (25G, 34A) in 81 games last season and currently has 19 points (9G, 10A) in 38 games this season. Eberle will cost around 6 million per year, also looking for a long term deal.

9. Jacob Trouba: At 24-years-old, a righty defenseman, a proven top-four defenseman the Jets will have to re-address this situation one more time now. Trouba is on a 5.5 million dollar deal and will look for as much as he can get honestly.

10. William Karlsson: At 5.25 million the Vegas tested Karlsson to see if he could do what he did last year one more time and see if he was worth a big contract. Well, Karlsson has 15 goals and 15 assists in 47 games. He will probably end with around 28 goals this season which may reduce his contract amount but he will see a long term deal.

11. Semyon Varlamov: At 30-years-old this seems to be the age that makes or breaks goaltenders. A lot of teams could use a number one and the Avalanche have to sign a lot of players off their entry level contracts and Mikko Rantanen, what will happen with Varlamov is unknown.

12. Tyler Myers: A big right handed, top-four defenseman is very valuable in this league. The Jets have to choose between Myers or Trouba really.

13. Kevin Hayes: Likely a trade target for many teams this deadline and it is said the Rangers are looking to move him before the deadline but Hayes is making his case for 6 million a year at 5-6 years with 33 points in 39 games this season.

14. Gustav Nyquist: The Red Wings will most likely trade or let Nyquist walk this off-season but to a contending team Nyquist is a valuable experienced, play-making forward. He has 37 points in 45 games this season.

15. Brock Nelson & Anders Lee: Most likely both are going to stay with the Islanders but Nelson is a pure-goal scorer, plays a lot like the other person on this list, Anders Lee. Both of them have a knack for the front of the net. Nelson has 29 points in 42 games this season and Lee has 33 points in 42 games. Combined these two will cost the Islanders around 12.5 million a year.

 

Advertisements

Discussing Erik Karlsson’s his time in San Jose so far, will he stay with the Sharks?

One of the most trickiest question heading out of this NHL season will feature Erik Karlsson and his future. Well, this same exact question mattered last year as well. Then he was finally traded to San Jose from Ottawa, but that might not be the end of whole saga.

Erik Karlsson has found his stride with the Sharks after early struggles, one would say. After being miserable in his first few games at the Bay, Karlsson is looking more like Karlsson again. In 37 games this year Swedish defenseman recorded two goals and 24 assists for 26 points including a 8-game point streak featuring 10 assists.

What about his future? Dan Rosen from nhl.com does not think Karlsson will be in San Jose at the beginning of the 2019-2020 NHL season. It is clear that the Sharks are all in this year. They were in the same situation last season, but after adding guy like Erik Karlsson, that´s definitely a huge kind of boost a team can get.

Tough time for Karlsson to focus on hockey

Whatever happens during current year, Erik Karlsson will be unrestricted free agent next July. If he does not resign with the Sharks, may the sweepstakes begin. And those one would be huge. Someone would surely overpay for such a brilliant defenseman. It is very important to see whether Karlsson will win the Stanley Cup or not next June. If he will, he can choose anybody who will offer him the largest amount of money. Otherwise he has to take Cup contenders in his considerations.

erik-karlsson-sharks-debut-flames-1040x572

After challenging summer with moving from Ottawa, probably another one is ahead for Erik Karlsson. The pressure mounted on him is momentarily enormous. A 28-years old guy from Landsbro in Sweden is a cool one to easily handle all of this. Two-time Norris Trophy winner is far away from adding his third award this season, but that might be the question for upcoming seasons.

San Jose on the other hand will try to keep him within their roster. Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Erik Karlsson, all of these important guys will become UFAs and many important young weapons like Timo Meier, who is having an outstanding campaign, or Kevin Labanc, will be RFAs pending extensions too. Is sure looks like Karlsson´s spell in San Jose will be just a short one. But hey, nothing is sure in this league.

What’s wrong with the San Jose Sharks?

If you would have said the Sharks would be tied fifth for most goals against in the NHL, ranked 16th among all teams, two games above .500 and tied for third place (by a hair) in the Pacific. I would have questioned your ability to speak hockey. 

Who would have thought the San Jose Sharks a team with a blue line consisting of Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns, Marc-Eduard Vlasic, Brian Dillion and Jokiam Ryan to name a few with a goaltender of Martin Jones. Would be one of the worst teams defensively. The Sharks have allowed 88 goals in 27 games, allow 3.19 goals per game. Aside from that the Sharks rank middle of the pack in terms of goals for (82), goals for per game (3.04) and 11th in power play percentage at 22.7 percent. 

What could be the Sharks issue(s)?

For starters November was not their month, of their 14 games they managed to lose 8 of them. Loses coming to teams that should be wins, but dropping games to Edmonton, St. Louis two times have made it tough for the Sharks to gain much confidence. As well in the month of November the Shark were shutout three times (twice by St. Louis) and only scored three or more in nine of the 14 games, the NHL now a days you are going to need to score more than three goals on a lot of nights. 

The Sharks top scorers have not be living up to standards so far. Evander Kane, Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture, Joonas Donskoi all have eight goals or less on the year. On top of that Kane has just 16 points in 27 games, Donskoi has 12 in 27 games. They have a slew of forwards but it seems to be a consistency issue for the Sharks forwards. Aside from their top six having some issues finding the back of the net consistently. Erik Karlsson has not been what he was expected to be. The issue of Burns and Karlsson sharing time seems to be proving true at the moment. With Burns production, Karlsson’s has dipped a ton. On the year Karlsson has 15 points in 27 games with just two goals. 

No panic yet for San Jose 

It for sure was not a great month or start for San Jose per say but things will get better. In the month of December they have 7 home games of their 15 December games. They play a couple of mediocre teams like Arizona, Carolina, New Jersey, Chicago, Los Angeles, games that should be wins. Based off “strength of schedule” the Sharks do not have a tough December ahead and with a month and a half until the All-Star break this is a crucial month for San Jose. One that can make or break this team. 

Fantasy Hockey impact after Karlsson and Pacioretty trade: Does this downgrade Karlsson’s or Burns value?

As we all know there were two BIG trades the other day. One that involved Max Pacioretty and Erik Karlsson. But in that trade their were some other players that moving into their new role with their new team may also provide some fantasy impact.

But as you can tell by the title does this downgrade Erik Karlsson fantasy value? Well what do you think. I mean let’s be serious here. Karlsson thrived because he was the guy in Ottawa there was no one else to steal his fire power and he was able to play his game on his terms. Now obviously Karlsson will not be paired with Brent Burns still allowing him to play his game on either line one or two d-pairing but when it comes to power play time who is going to be the guy? Burns or Karlsson? What happens now? Karlsson usually logs around 20-30 power play points and Burns usually logs around the same. It will not be possible for Burns and Karlsson to have 25+ power play points each playing on the same power play. Which is why I ask, does this degrade Karlsson’s value? Or does it downgrade Burns value? This is obviously great for the Sharks but for us fantasy owners, what do you do?

Here is my take on this and predictions for Burns and Karlsson: 

Karlsson plays a full 82 game season, logging d-pair two minutes, playing power play one time I think he comes in at about 70 points, possibly more but not much. He’ll have to rely a lot on 5 on 5 points. Same for Burns, Burns usually has a lot of success on the power play therefore it can be wary for Burns owners this year. Either way Burns can come in hotter out the gate this year and perhaps slow down a little but I think Burns comes in at around 60-65 points, he’ll have a similar year like last year, nothing to crazy. He won’t be having a ton pleasure on the power play with Karlsson but still he will be a solid 60-65 point defenseman.

The value of Pacioretty now…

NHL Fantasy Hockey news
Max Pacioretty due for a 35+ goal season?

Max Pacioretty, well the guy has scored 30 goals four-times in his career and all with Montreal. His highest point total of 67 points coming in 2014-15. Pacioretty will be around that same mark, he will be with a veteran center in Paul Statsny an electric young forward in Alex Tuch. Playing around 17+ minutes a game as well on the first power play, probably being the “guy” offsetting William Karlsson. I have to say this will be a great year for Pacioretty and he will benefit greatly from this trade and at 29-years-old he is at the perfect age for a 38 goal, 23 assist year.

Tomas Tartar, Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo predictions

I think this is provides major upside for DeMelo and Tartar. For two reasons, one Tartar will be the guy on that second line in Montreal he has proven to be a 20+ goal scorer in the same scenario with Detroit and now he is going to Montreal with the same situation at hand. Not a lot of weapons around him but just him being the main scorer. Tartar could very well benefit from this, I think we can expect 27 goals, 17 assists from Tartar this year. Think about it, he thrived in Detroit when he was in this situation, coming out of Vegas where he did not fit well to be a veteran goal scorer on a young Montreal team it could be beneficial. He’ll play power play two(as of now) and be paired with Phillip Danault and Artturi Lehkonen on line two. A top six forward again, power play time and logging 20 minutes, Tartar may excel.

Dylan DeMelo
Dylan DeMelo potential in Ottawa upwards of 25 points?

For DeMelo this is provides major upside because now he will be logging major minutes in Ottawa on the second pair and possibly power play two. I don’t think we see major production from DeMelo but we can expect an uptick in numbers from him. If I had to say numbers wise form DeMelo he tallies 8 goals, 20 assists, not bad numbers but better than his last year.

For Tierney this may be good or bad. He showed some positive signs last year and seemed to be really enjoying his time in San Jose to be ripped out of that and thrown into a dumpster fire like Ottawa it may not be great for the up and coming young forward. Or it can play the other way where Tierney thrives off the move and enjoys his time in Ottawa, which I doubt. Either way I see Tierney producing around 15 goals, 18 assists. This is off the contingency now with Jean Gabriel Pageau out for the first 4-6 weeks, this gives Tierney the opportunity to play on the second line with Brady Tkachuk and Ryan Dzingel the only way Tierney is somewhat relevant next year is if he is in this top six, if not he’ll be a bottom six forward and producing at around 20 points next year.

 

The Impact of Pacioretty to Vegas, Karlsson to San Jose

What has happened over the last few days in the hockey world, Erik Karlsson finally got traded, Max Pacioretty is out of Montreal, Oliver Ekman Larsson and Justin Williams were named captains, Henrik Zetterberg’s career is over. It has been a whirl wind of emotions for hockey fans lately. 

Patches lands in Vegas, flying high (literally)

First off the Pacioretty trade. Marc Bergevin has to be up to something to dismantle this Canadiens team. First Subban, now Pacioretty what is he up to? Anyways, the Canadiens received Tomas TatarNick Suzuki and a 2019 2nd round pick for Max Pacioretty. Pacioretty has now been enjoying his time in Vegas as he should, being that he has left that dumpster fire of a team in Montreal to join the former Western Conference champs and Stanley Cup contenders. The Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights with this trade now have Pacioretty paired with Paul Statsny and Alex Tuch, how can this not work out. How can Pacioretty not be happy? Look, he gets the pressure of the Montreal media off his back, he is not the center of attention in Vegas, the “C” is now more so he does not have that added pressure and he is a second liner… To close the case here take a look at some of the things Max Pacioretty has already been up to in Vegas since the trade… 

Let’s just say Pacioretty did not mind the move to Vegas too much it seems. But what does this do for the Golden Knights? Well they add a veteran 30-goal scorer and with this move Pacioretty may be due for 35+ this year, just saying. It adds some more fire power to an already electric Vegas offense, you have Marchessault, Smith, Karlsson on top of Pacioretty that is a solid mix to some scoring and play making forwards. Either way this puts Vegas right where they should be a top contender for the Western Conference again and inch closer to the Stanley Cup…

Karlsson is OUT of OTTAWA! 

Goodbye Ottawa and Eugene Melnyk, what a clown that owner is. First off the whole thing that went down over the summer with Hoffman and Karlsson and Melnyk barely said anything and all he did was get ripped off in a trade for Hoffman. Then the whole mid-year controversy between Karlsson and Melnyk where Karlsson did not even feel comfortable being around is own owner. Terrible. Anyways, he is out of another Atlantic dumpster fire and heading to a Pacific division team. What does this do for the Sharks, well. First the Sharks did not have to trade any core guys, they gave up two solid prospects and a few draft picks but to not really downgrade your roster a ton and a receive the best defenseman in the league is a win. The Sharks gave up Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo, Rudolfs Balcers, Josh Norris, 2019 2nd round pick, 2020 1st round pick, 2021 2nd round pick(turns into a first if San Jose gets to Stanley Cup this year). So the fact the Senators gave up their best defenseman and received just one defenseman in return is brutal. 

Erik Karlsson San Jose Sharks

Anyways, the impact this has on San Jose is immediate you have guys like Joe Thornton who have been around the game for a decade coming out and saying this is “f***ing incredible” for the Sharks. Now you have, Brent Burns a Norris trophy winner, Erik Karlsson and Marc Edouard Vlasic an unbelievable top three, to add in Brenden Dillon and Justin Braun. This blue line is loaded with all types of weapons, shut down d, offensive power, you name it this blue line has it. It also gives reassurance to Brent Burns and the Sharks forwards as well, Burns has been that puck moving guy on that back end for a while now anytime you get someone else who can do it helps out. Sharks forwards will be receiving break out passes galore with Burns, Vlasic and Karlsson coming their way. Not to mention a power play one consisting of Karlsson-Burns-Kane-Pavelski-Couture, my god… need we say more? It really make San Jose automatic Cup contenders and now battling for that pacific division with the other team on this article, Vegas. 

 

Ottawa Senators: What is the plan for Stone, Karlsson and Duchene heading into the 2018-19 season

By now we all know Ottawa is a dumpster fire. After the whole Mike Hoffman and Erik Karlsson tirade, the Mark Stone signing and signing of Cody Ceci to 4.3 mil a year for one-year, just shows everything is out of sorts over there.

The bigger question though, it seems Karlsson is not going anywhere as of yet? It’s been nearly two months since we heard Karlsson rumors so it is fair to say with training camp approaching soon Karlsson will be on the Senators to start the season. Second, what is this Mark Stone deal? Stone is now the 35th highest paid player in the NHL with his contract comparing to players whose numbers reach in the upwards of 80 points year in and year out. Duchene, they have for 6 mil until next year.

Ok, we have not even mentioned the fact Ottawa has Bobby Ryan locked up until 2021-22 for 7.25 mil a year, Marian Gabriok for another three years at 4.875 mil a year, and Clarke MacArthur for 4.6 mil for two years. These are just some of the awful contracts in Ottawa. There is a zero percent chance they can afford Duchene, Stone, Karlsson at the end of 2019.

Here is my take on this and what I think will happen…

What I think Ottawa will do is trade Stone mid way through the year to a desperate playoff contending team, have them swallow some if not all of his contract, receive a mid-level prospect and high draft pick. Probably do the same with Duchene come trade deadline time and receive a first and some third or later round picks and some NHL ready players for Duchene. As well as Karlsson who will be dealt for a first, high level prospect and more. Therefore Ottawa will just walk into the 2019 NHL draft with a ton of first-round picks, a boat load of cap space and a totally different outlet on their team. Pushing youth development and trusting the process. Why? Well Stone, Duchene and Karlsson are all UFA(unrestricted free agents) therefore if Ottawa were to just let these guys walk for nothing that would potentially be the worst decision in Ottawa history since signing Bobby Ryan for 7.25 mil a year.

 

Top-30 Fantasy Hockey Defenseman

All we have left are goaltenders now! But in reality who cares about those freaks of nature and their weird pregame rituals. Better off not ranking those creatures of hockey. Just kidding, honestly just hoping a goalie comes across this and gets a laugh out of it.

Anyhow… this year 2018-2019 Top-30 Fantasy defenseman heading into the year are as follows…

(Based on G, A, PT, PPP, PPA, PPG, PIMS, HITS, TOI, SHOTS) I do not account for blocks here because not every league or most leagues run that way. 

Top-30 Defenseman

  1. Victor Hedman, TBL
  2. P.K. Subban, NSH
  3. Drew Doughty, LAK
  4. Erik Karlsson, OTT
  5. Brent Burns, SJS
  6. Dustin Byfuglien, WPG
  7. John Carlson, WSH
  8. Roman Josi, NSH
  9. Seth Jones, CBJ
  10. John Klingberg, DAL
  11. Dougie Hamilton, CAR
  12. Torey Krug, BOS
  13. Matt Dumba, MIN
  14. Shayne Gostisbehere, PHL
  15. Aaron Ekblad, FLA
  16. Alex Pietrangelo, STL
  17. Mark Giordano, CGY
  18. Ivan Provorov, PHL
  19. Kris Letang, PIT
  20. Rasmus Ristolanien, BUF
  21. Tyson Barrie, COL
  22. Oliver Ekman Larsson, ARI
  23. Zach Werenski, CBJ
  24. Charlie McAvoy, BOS
  25. Jake Muzzin, LAK
  26. Mikhail Sergachev, TBL
  27. Brandon Montour, ANH
  28. Colin Miller, VGK
  29. Jacob Trouba, WPG
  30. Josh Manson, ANH

Ok, I was completely torn on this one. I am a big advocate for defenseman but some guys like Ekman Larsson, Ristolanien, Barrie fall off a bit due to their plus/minus, other players surrounding them, and honestly injury concerns. I like the bottom of the pack, around McAvoy down and think they all can be interchangeable at some point in the year. We can easily see Montour take off and surpass McAvoy but that bottom of the list is young and up and coming for sure. The top 10 is pretty simple, you cannot argue that or maybe you can but to me that’s pretty realistic. Anyone within that top 10 can realistically win the Norris this year to be honest.

The list looks good to me perhaps you do not agree. If not, feel free to comment below or tweet at me on Twitter @liveinthestands !

See you tomorrow for top-20 goalies for the 2018-19 year! To see what last years list looked like click here to find out!