Caption: Nazem Kadri could be one of the shrewdest acquisitions of the NHL 19-20 off-season
There have been several key NHL players to have moved teams during the off-season. With the new 2019-20 NHL season still a couple of months away, if you are serious about fantasy NHL now is the time to start making note of the biggest incomings and outgoings. Reshuffling that fantasy NHL team should be a little easier, if you keep up-to-date with the most valuable assets to change hands between franchises throughout the summer.
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The capture of Nazem Kadri is a really positive trade for the Colorado Avalanche. Although his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were potent in front of goal all season, Kadri wasn’t given much of an opportunity to play his part. In fact, he was eventually relegated to third choice. So, Kadri’s move to the Avalanche will benefit both parties, giving Colorado a much-needed, first choice second-line centre.
The Nashville Predators have a pretty formidable top line, but the addition of Matt Duchene on a seven-year deal is an important missing piece in the jigsaw. The Predators’ current second-line center, Kyle Turris, has flattered to deceive, averaging only 0.42 points per game last term. On the flip side, Duchene is a proven finisher and can add an extra dimension to Nashville’s power play.
As headline signings go, they don’t come much bigger this off-season than Artemi Panarin’s free-agent switch to the New York Rangers. His seven-year, $11.6 million contract underlines the faith the Rangers have in him, with a view to building their team around him for a Stanley Cup tilt. In the last four years, Panarin has been fifth best in 5-on-5 points, underlining what a difference he’ll make to the Rangers’ first line.
27-year-old, Joonas Donskoi is set for a bigger role than the one he played for the Sharks last season. A four-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche should see him provide a bigger offensive role with his new team. At the Sharks, Donskoi’s expected goals percentage was 57.33, which saw him ranked fourth highest at his previous employers.
34-year-old Joe Pavelski might just be entering the twilight of his NHL career, but he still has plenty to offer the Dallas Stars this term. Just four players in the Stars’ roster scored more than 30 points last term and Pavelski will almost certainly remedy this. He scored 38 last season – 12 of which arrived during the power play – so he’ll be another commanding presence for Dallas.
There will no doubt be plenty more twists and turns before the new season begins, but this quintet should certainly add value to any NHL Fantasy team in 2019-20.