Yahoo Sports Special Report
The NHL is about to take a few days off for the All-Star break, but there’s still time to send in some trade offers before the break. In this week’s edition, we’ll take a look at several centers who are trade targets, as well as the red-hot blue line. We’ll also look at three defenders for more reliable help elsewhere.
John Tavares, center, Toronto Maple Leafs (96% played)
In the past 11 games, Tavares has scored one goal, one assist and had 34 shots on goal. He has 12 goals and 34 points in his first 37 games and is on pace for another near-point-per-game season. , his recent slump has left him scoring 0.74 points per game, which would be his lowest total in the six seasons since signing with the Maple Leafs. Recent offensive woes could make Tavares an interesting option as a buy-low candidate.
Still, there’s reason to believe the Toronto captain will be even better once he returns to the court after the All-Star break. Tavares is currently shooting a career-worst 7.5 percent from the field, despite averaging a personal high of 3.70 attempts per game. According to MoneyPuck, he ranks second in the league in expected goals per 60 minutes and ranks third in rebounds created. With a little more luck, Tavares could have a productive 2023-24 season. He ended a 10-game scoreless drought with Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Winnipeg, which included nine straight games without a point. Getting the monkey off his back before taking some time off should prove beneficial.
Examples of completed transactions on Yahoo Marketplace: Tavares by Tyler Seguin
Charlie Coyle, center, Boston Bruins (60% selected)
It’s coming off a breakout season for the 31-year-old center, who has 18 goals and 42 points in 49 games. He should easily surpass his previous single-season marks of 21 goals (2015-16) and 56 points (2016-17). Coyle deserves to be in more leagues, so he’s worth picking up if he becomes available or attempts to be traded. He looked hot before the break, so picking him up at a higher discount might not be possible, but he might be worth the investment.
Coyle had been held off the scoresheet in just 17 games before the All-Star break. During that time, he had eight goals, 21 points and 39 shots on goal. He also had three power-play scores (2 goals, 1 assist) and a helper who was short-handed at the time.
Examples of completed transactions on Yahoo Marketplace: Coyle and Tyler Toffoli for William Carlson and Logan Thompson
Thomas Harley, D, Star (49% played)
Harley became a favorite to be waived when Miro Heiskanen missed 10 games with a lower-body injury. Harley, 22, no longer has a spot on the top power play, but he has carried over the momentum he built in Heiskanen’s absence.
Harley has contributed 6 goals, 19 points, 48 shots on goal, 17 hits and 32 blocks in the past 22 games. He entered the All-Star Game with three goals and three assists in three multi-point games. Harley’s newfound offensive consistency has propelled him into the top 20 among blueline scorers, and his 24-point average puts him outside the top 10 among defensemen. He’s been skating with Heiskanen in the top defensive pairings and performed well enough to keep his chances at fantasy relevance the rest of the campaign.
Examples of completed transactions on Yahoo Marketplace: Jamie Drysdale’s Harley
Filip Hronek, D, Vancouver Canucks (87% played)
Hronek has 27 points, including 25 assists, in 29 games to start the 2023-24 season. He was one of the best defenders in the league before returning to Earth over the past month and a half. Hronek should have been drafted earlier. He loses even more fantasy value.
Hronek has just one goal and eight assists in his last 20 games. He went scoreless 14 times during that span, including a meaningless seven-game slump before the All-Star break. Hronek should be able to get back on track, but he’ll struggle to get back to the hot scoring pace he showed earlier in the season.
Examples of completed transactions on Yahoo Marketplace: Alex Tuch
Gustav Forsling, G, Florida Panthers (73% played)
Forsling managed to bounce back from a shaky start, but his scoring continues to come in 2023-24. Despite not contributing a point in two consecutive games before the break, he has contributed two goals and two assists in the past five games. That could give fantasy managers the opportunity to sell the 27-year-old back for a high price.
Forsling has just seven goals and 21 points in 48 games after scoring a career-high 41 points last season. He also set personal bests in goals (13), blocks (106) and shots on goal (209) during the 2022-23 season. However, Forsling is struggling to fall short of those totals. Despite not living up to his draft stock, he’s still a serviceable fantasy defender, so getting back some value is an achievable goal.
Examples of completed transactions on Yahoo Marketplace: Forsling and Trevor Moore as Evander Kane and Radko Gudas
Neal Pionk, D, Winnipeg Jets (51% roster)
From December 16 to January 1, Pionk scored 2 goals and 7 points in 10 games, attracting a lot of fantasy attention, but his performance has cooled down significantly since then, and in the past 9 games He only contributed 1 goal and 1 assist. Pionk still has value as a multi-category defender, so it’s worth exploring what you could get for him in a trade.
Pionk has a high field goal percentage this season (110), but his offensive production has been spotty at best. He’s on pace to lead by 30 points for the fourth straight season. If you can live without Pionk’s physical attributes, you can upgrade your lineup through trades.
Examples of completed transactions on Yahoo Marketplace: Pionk by Jamie Drysdale