The NHL season is barely over and several teams are already making significant changes.
DAN HAMHUIS traded to Philadelphia from Nashville for RYAN PARENT
Philadelphia gets a solid top 4 defenseman who can log a ton of ice time and shut down the opponents’ top line. Hamhuis will score 25-30 points a season and will rack up 60-80 penalty minutes. He will slide into a top 4 spot with the Flyers and his fantasy value will go up slightly. Nashville re-acquires Ryan Parent who is a big shutdown defenseman who doesn’t bring much for fantasy value but does bring great NHL value.
T.J. HENSICK traded to St. Louis from Colorado for JULIAN TALBOT
St. Louis is a very young team who is on the verge of taking the next step and Hensick could play a big role. If Hensick moves to the wing he could end up on one of the top 2 scoring lines and could score 60 points next season, however if he stays at center he will be stuck on the 3rd line and likely only score 30-35 points. Watch training camp to see where he lines up. Colorado adds another depth center to their group of prospects and baring a great training camp Talbot will start the season in the AHL. Talbot will not be a fantasy impact player and should not be on your farm roster.
JAROSLAV HALAK traded to St. Louis from Montreal for LARS ELLER and IAN SCHULTZ
The Blues have been slowly rebuilding in the mould of Pittsburgh, Washington and Chicago and now have a young elite goaltender to help get them to that next step. Halak is now the main man and showed he can handle a heavy workload so expect him to start 60+ games next season. The Central Division just got so much stronger and may now be the best division in the NHL. If the Blues plan on making playoffs next season Halak will need to be a major contributor. Watch for Halak to put up a 40 win and 7+ shutout season next year. Montreal fans were hoping for a better package but Eller could still be a great pick up. Eller is a highly skilled player who can play either center or the wing. Eller is also over 6 feet tall so he brings a little size to a small group of forwards. Eller is a playmaking forward who will play on Montreal’s second line next year and his NHL career potential is a point-a-game player. With smaller players like Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta and Mike Cammalleri the Canadiens needed to add some size to their forwards and Schultz is a big power forward in the making. Schultz had a strong season for the Calgary Hitmen scoring 24 goals and should develop into a smaller version of Dustin Byfuglien.