With the NHL draft set for this weekend fantasy GM are salivating at the prospects of potential NHL trades. Jay Bouwmeester, Dany Heatley, and Tomas Kaberle are just a few of the big names floating in the rumor mill. Lets take a deeper look at the potential fantasy impact from this weekend.
Dany Heatley: Heatley saw a drop in his production last year scoring 72, his lowest total since the lockout. Heatley is a strong power forward who has the ability to make others around his stronger too. Heatley is rumored to be off to San Jose, Vancouver, Calgary or Los Angeles. A change in scenery for Heatley will give him a fresh start and his production will be back up to where it usually is. Watch for Heatley to score 50+ goals and to be back up to the 1.25 point a game mark next year. If Heatley isnít moved before July 1 then Ottawa will likely keep him because of the $4 million bonus they would owe him. If Heatley stays in Ottawa he should get back up to a point a game pace but donít expect him to get back to the 100+ point mark.
Jay Bouwmeester: Bouwmeester will likely have his signing rights traded this weekend at the draft. Philadelphia and Vancouver seem to be the front runners, although its been rumored that Toronto is throwing their name in the hat as well. Bouwmeester is a talented defenceman who has average 40 points over the last 4 seasons. Bouwmeester has never played in the playoffs and that should change this year unless he goes to Toronto. Vancouver needs a puck moving defenceman to run their powerplay and Jay-Bo would be a great fit there. If Bouwmeester lands with the high scoring Flyers or Canucks Jay will see his offensive production increase. Could this be the year where Bouwmeester finally lives up to all the hype surrounding him?
Tomas Kaberle: Brian Burke would like to move up the draft order this year and is looking to make a splash, in order for him to do that Kaberle will have to be apart of any deal he makes. Kaberle missed several games this year due to injury and only scored 31 points this year in 57 games. Kaberle has been able to put up good point totals despite being on a crappy Toronto team, makes you wonder how good Kaberle would be on a better team. Islanders are not a better team then Toronto, at least not yet, however Kaberle would man the point with Mark Streit on the Island and would see his powerplay production increase. Any move Burke makes to move up the draft will likely land Kaberle on another poor team so his production should remain consistent around the 50+ point mark.