Tackling trade questions

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Deadline Day is closer than you think. This is the last Fantasy Mailbag before Feb. 27. Let’s tackle some letters!

Hey Dobber, Short question for you on three young NHL Defensemen: Which of these defensemen have better offensive upside and where do u see their point totals when they reach their potential Ryan Ellis (NSH) Oliver Ekman-Larsson (PHX) and Cam Fowler (ANA).

Brett, Regina, Sask.

Hey Brett, good question. And these three players are similar in both talent and hype. It’s difficult to nail down how their teams will look six or seven years from now, but right now Nashville and Phoenix probably act as a drag on an offensive defenseman’s upside. On a normal team, I would think all three of these guys can reach 65-plus points, but given the current team system that Ryan Ellis and OEL are in, I would probably top them out at 60.

Hi Dobber, I am in a 12-team 6-keeper standard Yahoo league. I have done pretty well in the league the past five years but I am sitting at the bottom of the standings this year. My definite keepers going into next year include: R. Miller, Z. Parise, A. Kopitar, J. Eberle, T. Seguin…I am stuck on the last keeper. Do I take E. Kane, JVR, C. Smith or Kulikov?

Matt, Detroit

Hi Matt, to me it is between Evander Kane and Dmitry Kulikov and since your other five keepers do not include a defenseman you should probably keep Kulikov.

Which two players would you keep in a points only league: Max Pacioretty, Joffrey Lupul, Blake Wheeler, Niklas Kronwall, Mike Cammalleri and Peter Mueller?

Daniel, Buffalo

I would keep Max Pacioretty and Joffrey Lupul.

Well Dobber you were bang on about Evgeni Malkin and unfortunately Ales Hemsky! But am I wrong in speculating that the guys in my pool that picked the likes of; PA Parenteau, Joffrey Lupul, Scott Hartnell, Radim Vrbata etc are going to win? Or is there a chance that the plethora of big named stars are going to get their games together i.e. Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Derek Roy, Brad Richards, Henrik Zetterberg, Rick Nash…bizarre season so far Dobber...any sage advice for us?

KC, Vancouver

I think if you put your money on player “market corrections” you will win more often than not. PA Parenteau, Joffrey Lupul and Scott Hartnell were going at insane paces - 80 points, 90-plus points and 75 points respectively. All three of have slowed to 74, 84 and 73. Radim Vrbata at a 67-point pace is a good 10 or 15 points higher than most people pegged him for. Meanwhile, the stars you listed are having terrible seasons. But in each and every case (other than Derek Roy) you are seeing their production shift upwards. Not enough to reach their pre-season targets mind you, but enough to show they are still stars and you can expect a rebound next year.

Hey, I’m in a rotisserie keeper league, we can only keep 4, and PIMs, and Hits are both categories. I need to keep 4 of 5, and try and trade one for a draft pick. He are my options who do I keep? Ovechkin, Backstrom, Perry, Hall, and Luongo?

James, Newmarket, Ont.

Hey James, you should always keep a goaltender in limited keepers, unless you feel there will be plenty of good ones dropped. So with that in mind, trade Nicklas Backstrom and his uncertain concussion issues for a draft pick. If you are unsatisfied with the return, see what Taylor Hall brings. But Alex Ovechkin, Corey Perry and Roberto Luongo must stay.

Hi Dobber, Currently in a 5 year league (year 1), and stinking it up pretty bad. Lot of people want Lucic, who is one of my few performing LW's. Scoring is: Stat Categories: Goals (G), Assists (A), Plus/Minus (+/-), Penalty Minutes (PIM), Powerplay Goals (PPG), Powerplay Assists (PPA), Shorthanded Points (SHP), Game-Winning Goals (GWG), Hits (HIT), Blocks (BLK). Head to Head. I am being offered Joe Pavelski and Craig Smith for Lucic. Should I do that?

Lou, Toronto

Hi Lou, if Milan Lucic is your only major chip remaining you need to shop him around properly. A two-for-one for the future is the right idea, but strictly points players such as Craig Smith and Joe Pavelski is not the answer. Maybe one of them (or a player like that), but you would also want a multi-category guy to go with him. Obviously this multi-cat player would have to be either hurt or having an off year - or perhaps he’s an elite prospect. Another option is to target a defenseman or goaltender as your “other” player. That way, next season you’d have him plus a Smith or Pavelski. But be very careful with what you do with Lucic and make sure everyone in your league gets a crack at him. You only get one shot at this because he’s your only great asset.

Hey Dobbs, Who do you see having a quicker impact in the fantasy world, Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) or Evgeny Kuznetsov (WSH)? Year in and year out, what can we expect from these two?

Marc, Toronto

Hey Marc, I see Evgeny Kuznetsov making a faster impact. However, there is always the risk he’ll remain in the KHL. I personally think he’ll come over, but you can never be sure with those players. He’s married (already) to a Russian girl and I’m sure the KHL will do everything it can to convince him to stay. So as “certain” as one can be about a Russian kid coming to the NHL, it’s never easy to leave home, to drag a young family along with him, and leave a bigger contract on the table (thanks to the NHL’s rookie cap I’m sure the KHL will offer more). If both of these players were coming out of Canadian junior hockey, I would take Kuznetsov in a heartbeat. But given the above, I would prefer to own Jonathan Huberdeau. I think both players have a shot at 90 points as an upside. We’re talking about two of the best prospects in hockey.

Note regarding the Fantasy Mailbag – it is important to indicate whether or not your league is a keeper league or a one-year league. Also note whether the league is “points only,” “standard roto league,” or if there are any uncommon rules that are important to know. This will help in advising you on the right course of action. Also note that the mailbag is up every two weeks, so keep that in mind when sending in your questions.

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