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NHL Free Agency Recap: Forwards, Part Three

November 7, 2015 | by Scott Maran | Comments Comments Off
Daniel Winnik adds depth to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Daniel Winnik has come back to Toronto. (Mapleleafs.nhl.com)

Today, we wrap up our look at NHL free agency with the final part of the forwards. For more, see Parts One and Two. So while you Pascal Dupuis owners breathe a sigh of relief that the Penguin forward is not dealing with blood clot issues, let’s recap the final two forward free agency signings from this summer.

Daniel Winnik

The Contact: Two years, $4.5 million with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Last Season: With Toronto: 7-18-25, +15, 19 PMs, 70 shots in 58 games; with Pittsburgh: 2-7-9, +8, eight PMs, 27 shots in 21 games.

Analysis: This was a nice short-term, depth signing for the Leafs and Winnik gets a little raise from his previous contract.

Fantasy Impact: On a Leafs team that is probably going to be near the bottom of the standings, Winnik can’t be expected to produce that much (although he did pot a sweet goal in mid-October as you can see in the video below). After dealing him to Pittsburgh last season, Toronto most likely brought him back this season to play on its third line and help mentor the young kids in the lineup.

Projection: Seven goals, 26 assists, -7, 26 penalty minutes, 107 shots in 81 games.

Update: Through 13 games, Winnik has one goal and four assists, is +1 with two penalty minutes and 23 shots. He’s slightly under our projections, but the +1 is nice, and given his shot total, the production should follow soon.

Mark Letestu

The Contract: Three years, $5.4 million with the Edmonton Oilers.

Last Season: Seven goals, six assists, -9, zero penalty minutes, 63 shots in 54 games.

Analysis: We thought this was a good depth signing for the Oilers, especially since not having enough centres was a problem last season. Edmonton gets a good third/fourth line pivot and Letestu gets a long-term contract.

Fantasy Impact: On an Oilers team that now has plenty of centre depth, Letestu will definitely be limited to a bottom six role. However, despite the fact that Leon Draisaitl started the season with the Oilers, Letestu is currently acting as the third line centre (because of Conor McDavid’s injury). In this role, we can see Letestu getting some decent production, not dissimilar to what Derek Roy did last season.

Projection: 12 goals, 18 assists, -2, 18 penalty minutes, 117 shots in 70 games.

Update: Through 14 games, Letestu has one goal and two assists, and is minus-4 with no penalty minutes and 13 shots, putting him well below our expectations. It’s going to be hard for him to do much on such a weak line (his current wingers are Matt Hendricks and Teddy Purcell).

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below what you’re expecting out of these two forwards.

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NHL Free Agency Recap: Forwards, Part Two

October 12, 2015 | by Scott Maran | Comments Comments Off
We really thought some team was going to fork over a contract of four or more years to Williams, so we’re really surprised at how short of a term the Capitals got him for. We think this is great value for the Capitals and they didn’t have to break the bank. Williams will surely help in the Capitals’ playoff run and can add some much needed secondary scoring.
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NHL Free Agency Recap: Goalies

October 4, 2015 | by Scott Maran | Comments Comments Off
We always thought of Enroth as the Sabres’ goalie of the future and believed he had the potential to be a starter in the NHL. Considering how cheap the Kings signed him for, we think they were able to sign a solid backup for a very team-friendly price. However, we don’t like this deal from Enroth’s perspective for reasons we will get into below.
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NHL Free Agency Recap: Forwards

October 1, 2015 | by Scott Maran | Comments Comments Off
Going into free agency, we thought Beleskey’s contract was going to be atrocious. There were reports that he was asking for seven years and he turned down a four-year, $16 million contract offer from the Ducks. However, we were quite surprised at how low the cap hit was when it was announced that Boston had signed him. We think the term was one year too long, but overall, it’s a decent contract. If Boston still has any hopes of making the playoffs, which it said it does, it needed a top nine forward.
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NHL Free Agency Recap: Defensemen

September 25, 2015 | by Scott Maran | Comments Comments Off
We think Green will continue to provide a lot of offense for Fantasy hockey owners and might actually improve his point totals on the Wings if he stays healthy. He has shown in previous seasons that he can be one of the league’s most dominating offensive blueliners and we think he will build on last season’s performance. Even though Green won’t be on the absolute best Power Play in the league anymore, he will surely be quarterbacking Detroit’s dynamic unit. Last season, the Wings’ Power Play was second best in the league with a conversion rate of about 24 per cent (Washington clicked about 25 per cent of the time). Also, both teams scored a similar amount of goals last season (Washington 242, Detroit 235).
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