NHL Trade Deadline: Upgrades & Downgrades

NHL Trade Deadline: Upgrades & Downgrades

The NHL trade deadline passed Monday afternoon, and a number of the moves will impact the fantasy game. Here are the most significant for fantasy owners to note.

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Vincent Trocheck, C, Hurricanes – Buy, buy, buy! The Hurricanes made the biggest splash at the trade deadline, acquiring top-six center Trocheck and two veteran defensemen (Sami Vatanen, Brady Skjei) to bolster their injury-riddled blue line. Trocheck has really struggled since his 35-goal season in 2017-18, scoring just 20 goals in his next 110 games. Once an above-average shooter in both quality and quantity while playing 20-plus minutes every night, he's regressed and become a borderline second-line center on the mediocre Panthers. But there are three big reasons why Trocheck should excel in Carolina. First, he'll actually have proper wingers (most likely Nino Niederreiter and Martin Necas), unlike in Florida where he had to carry a defenseman. Second, the Hurricanes' defense is much, much better, which means less time scrambling and chasing in their own zone and more time on offense. Third, he'll be insulated by Sebastian Aho and Jordan Staal, giving the Hurricanes one of the best 1-2-3 punches down the middle, and Trocheck won't have to worry about carrying the team's offense or facing the other team's top line. 

Barclay Goodrow, C/LW, Lightning – The price — a first-round pick — was high, but it wasn't a total rip-off. He's an undrafted versatile forward who managed to score 24 points on a

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Jason Chen
Jason joined RotoWire in 2013. In 2014, he was a finalist for the FSWA Hockey Writer of the Year award. Jason has also written for Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports, The Hockey News, The Hockey Hall of Fame's Legends Magazine, and Centre Ice Magazine.
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