The Edmonton Oilers took part in a pair of trades this week, as they changed their look in the crease and added more grit to their lineup. What this means to your fantasy team is that there are a few more goalies who might be impactful to your team and a bottom-six forward who might see more ice time due to his change of scenery.
The Oilers’ first trade was shipping Devan Dubnyk to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Matt Hendricks. In exchange for one of their goaltenders, Edmonton received a fourth liner from the Predators, who has been sending Marek Mazanec and Carter Hutton to the crease ever since Pekka Rinne went down with a unique injury early in the situation and has yet to return to the club.
After sending Dubnyk to Nashville, the Oilers received Ben Scrivens from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Scrivens, who was enjoying glorious numbers with one of the best defenses in the league, will surely see his numbers plummet behind the team that has the worst goal differential in the NHL.
The best player to grab in this whole situation is most likely Dubnyk. Although he had a rough debut with the Predators in a 5-4 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, Dubnyk should see his wins and save percentage jump up while his GAA drops down. He was 11-17-4 this year with the Oilers while displaying a .894 save percentage and a 3.36 GAA behind a team that owns a league high 3.51 goals against per game average. Now Dubnyk will be the benefactor of Barry Trotz and his defensive scheme while playing behind Shea Weber, Seth Jones, and Roman Josi. He is worth an add, as Rinne is still out due to his hip infection and is currently owned in just 38.7 percent of ESPN leagues.
As for the other two Nashville goaltenders, they both might be worth dropping if you happen to own them. Carter Hutton, who is owned in 5.2 percent of ESPN leagues, doesn’t boast the most impressive numbers, as he is currently posting a .902 save percentage and a 2.94 GAA, and should see the number of his starts reduced thanks to Dubnyk’s role with the Predators. Mazanec, who at one time was a reasonable fantasy add, has now been assigned to the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL.
In terms of the Predator-turned-Oiler, Hendricks probably isn’t worth a look in your league. Owned in 0.1 percent of ESPN leagues, Hendricks won’t produce points, as his biggest fantasy impact will be through PIMs and, if your league counts them, hits.
The other new Oiler, Scrivens, could be worth something in fantasy hockey, but it’s a tricky situation. He had lots of success with the Los Angeles Kings this season, but so did rookie Martin Jones and so has Jonathan Quick for the last few seasons. Joining a team that isn’t as defensively dominant, Scrivens may struggle at first if not for the remainder of the season. He will, however, get plenty of opportunity to prove to the Oilers, and to the rest of the NHL, that he is a great goaltender and not the product of the system. Give Scrivens a few weeks before deciding to add him, as he is only owned in 23.5 percent of ESPN leagues and will need time to acclimate playing behind the Oilers.
In Los Angeles, Jones will return to the NHL, but his fantasy value won’t be worth as much as it was earlier in the season. With his impressive numbers of a .950 save percentage and 1.41 GAA with eight wins in 11 starts, Jones will jump from the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL back to the Kings and serve as Quick’s backup netminder. Owned in just 10.1 percent of ESPN leagues, Jones is worth picking up in a deeper league, but shouldn’t be relied upon as a cornerstone at your goaltending position.
TEAMS WITH BACK-TO-BACKS THIS WEEK
Carolina Hurricanes – @ Buffalo Sabres on Thursday and hosting the Ottawa Senators on Friday.
Chicago Blackhawks – @ Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday and @ Minnesota Wild on Thursday.
Colorado Avalanche – @ Florida Panthers on Friday and @ Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.
Dallas Stars – @ Nashville Predators tonight and hosting the Minnesota Wild tomorrow.
Florida Panthers – @ Pittsburgh Penguins tonight and @ Buffalo Sabres tomorrow.
Los Angeles Kings – @ Boston Bruins this afternoon and @ Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow.
Montreal Canadiens – @ Detroit Red Wings on Friday and hosting the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
Nashville Predators – @ Vancouver Canucks on Thursday and @ Calgary Flames on Friday.
New York Islanders – Hosting the Philadelphia Flyers this afternoon and the New York Rangers tomorrow.
Ottawa Senators – @ Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday and @ Carolina Hurricanes on Friday.
Philadelphia Flyers – @ New York Islanders this afternoon and hosting the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow.
Pittsburgh Penguins – Hosting the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday and @ New York Islanders on Thursday.
St. Louis Blues – @ Detroit Red Wings tonight and @ New Jersey Devils tomorrow.
Toronto Maple Leafs – @ Phoenix Coyotes tonight and @ Colorado Avalanche tomorrow.
Winnipeg Jets – Hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and @ Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.
Washington Capitals – @ New Jersey Devils on Friday and @ Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
LEAGUE LEADERS WHO AREN’T 100 PERCENT OWNED
Goals: Forwards – Ryan Johansen (CBJ, 73.4% owned), Tied for 22nd among forwards with 18. Defensemen – Michael Stone (PHX, 3.6% owned), Tied for eighth among defensemen with eight.
Assists: Forwards – Mikko Koivu (MIN, 68.4% owned), Tied for 16th among forwards with 27. Defensemen – Jason Demers (SJS, 55.6% owned), Tied for 18th among defensemen with 20.
Plus/Minus: Forwards – Dustin Penner (ANA, 31.6% owned), Tied for 10th among forwards with a plus-19. Defensemen – Francois Beauchemin (ANA, 72.6% owned), Tied for second among defensemen with a plus-25.
PIMs: Forwards – Tom Sestito (VAN, 2.7% owned), First in NHL with 167.
Defensemen – Radko Gudas (TBL, 74.4% owned), First among defensemen with 96.
Power-Play Points: Forwards – Nick Bonino (ANA, 99.0% owned), Tied for ninth among forwards with 18. Defensemen – Cody Franson (TOR, 93.1% owned), Tied for 10th among defensemen with 14.
Average TOI: Forwards – Mikko Koivu (MIN, 68.4% owned), Fourth among forwards with 21:35. Defensemen – Roman Josi (NSH, 82.1% owned), Fifth among defensemen with 25:59.
Shots on Goal: Forwards – Patric Hornqvist (NSH, 23.8% owned), 20th among forwards with 148. Defensemen – Kevin Bieksa (VAN, 97.9% owned), Tied for 12th among defensemen with 106.
Goalie Wins – Josh Harding (MIN, 95.6% owned), Tied for 10th with 18.
Save Percentage – Martin Jones (LAK, 10.1% owned), .950