Ryan Dadoun

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Deadline Madness

Sunday, February 27, 2011


The trade deadline is mere days away and despite all the pre-deadline deals, it's a safe bet that dozens, if not hundreds, of players will be directly or indirectly affected by Monday's events. Given how uncertain these next few days will be, there will probably be a temptation to stay cautious until the dust settles. While that isn't a bad idea, we have, as always, highlighted a handful of players we think are worth picking up if they're free agents in your league. Some of them are the benefactors of early deals while others are enjoying sustained periods of success. (By the way, be sure to tune into Mike Finewax's live trade deadline chat Monday at 1:00 pm).

Cory Stillman – LW – Carolina Hurricanes

When trying to determine if a player will benefit from a trade, one of the key questions to ask is if the opportunity for success is there. Given that the Hurricanes plan to pair up Stillman with Eric Staal, at least initially, it certainly seems to be. Stillman never really lived up to expectations in his three seasons with Florida and now that he's 37 years old, it's certainly possible that the 23 points in 45 games he's recorded so far in 2010-11 is an accurate measure of what he can do. But there was no scorer like Staal for Stillman to feed the puck to in Florida and he'll be playing in critical games down the stretch. We think the potential is there for Stillman to finish the season on a good note.

Jiri Hudler – RW – Detroit Red Wings

After such a terrible start to the season, I was reluctant to put my faith back in Hudler, but at this point I have to acknowledge his accomplishments. He's producing like we thought he would when the season began, with three goals and 19 points in his last 22 games. It helps that Hudler is playing alongside Pavel Datsyuk on the now relatively healthy Detroit Red Wings. We can see Hudler slowing down a bit in March, but we don't see him regressing back to his October levels of production.

Dan Ellis – G – Anaheim Ducks

Ellis is probably a short term pickup, but given that it's not clear how long Jonas Hiller will be out for, there's a chance he'll be the Ducks' de facto starter for a while. Ellis wasn't particularly good in Tampa Bay and we don't expect him to be outstanding in Anaheim, but he should be serviceable enough to give them a chance to win most of the time. If you're looking for starts, Ellis might be one of the better options available on the waiver wire.

Devin Setoguchi – RW – San Jose Sharks

Setoguchi had 31 goals and 65 points in 81 games in 2008-09, but fantasy owners have largely abandoned him after a terrible 2009-10 campaign and poor numbers in the first half of 2010-11. Well, maybe it's time to jump back on the bandwagon. Setoguchi has 11 goals and 16 points in his last 15 games, including six goals and seven points in his last four contests. His hot streak is one of the reasons the Sharks have bounced back over the last month and a half. We wouldn't be surprised if Setoguchi stays strong as the Sharks battle for the Pacific Division title.

Daniel Cleary – RW – Detroit Red Wings

Just in case you weren't aware, Cleary is back and he's picking up right where he left off. Cleary put up close to point-per-game numbers in November and December before being sidelined for a month due to an ankle injury. He returned on February 2nd and posted no points in three straight games before catching fire again. He has five goals and 10 points in his last nine games and he's already set a new career-high with 21 goals this season.

Alex Kovalev – RW – Pittbsurgh Penguins

Kovalev is about as big of a gamble as you can find, but there are a few reasons to believe he will succeed. One, he'll be playing for a team that – despite all the injury woes – is still ranked fourth in the Eastern Conference. Two, he'll be playing for his friend and former teammate, Mario Lemieux, who played a role in bringing him back to Pittsburgh. And three, Kovalev had started to turn things around before the trade, with six goals and nine points in 10 games. There's definitely a chance that all those factors will prove to be moot, but the Penguins are hoping Kovalev will be sufficiently motivated to provide them with a short term boost. He might be able to do the same for your fantasy squad.


Ryan Dadoun is an Associate Editor for Hockey on Rotoworld. Feel free to follow him on Twitter or check out his blog.
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