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Sell-High Roundtable

by Brian Rosenbaum
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Who are your sell-high candidates?

Brian Rosenbaum: The one that jumps out at me is Artem Anisimov. With 18 points, he is almost halfway to his season best point total of 42, in just 17 games. That pace, in my opinion is unsustainable. Given that he registered a mere 28 points in 82 games last season playing most of the time alongside Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin, I would say the chances of him recording more than 50 points is even remote. Sell him high right now. 
Michael Finewax: How about Jonathan Marchessault of the Florida Panthers. He was slated to be a top-six forward but with the injury to Jonathan Huberdeau, he moved to the top line with Jaromir Jagr and Aleksander Barkov. He leads the Panthers in goals and points with nine and 15 respectively. But once Huberdeau returns, there is no way Marchessault keeps the assignment, so get your best value for him right now as he had only eight goals in his previous 49 career NHL games.

Corey Abbott: I'm still scratching my head when it comes to Michael Grabner.  He has scored 11 times and has 14 points after 18 contests  Grabner has an unsustainable 25.6 shooting percentage and is averaging just 12:47 of ice time per game.  I would be fielding offers if he was on my roster, while looking to sell someone on this being a revival from his 34-goal campaign back in 2010-11.  I don't think that will end up being the case, though.  

Michael Finewax: Yeah. Grabner is amazing and he sees no power play time. If someone is interested in him in a deal, jump at it.  I think that Patrick Eaves has also had an extremely good season with little fanfare but once players like Patrick Sharp returns, his value will diminish. He has nine goals and 15 points with five and eight respectively on the power play. He has never had more than 14 goals or 27 points in a season so if that is not a sell-high candidate, what is.
Brian Rosenbaum: I agree that Eaves will turn into a pumpkin as soon as Patrick Sharp is in game shape. Two other Rangers are my sell-high list--J.T. Miller and Kevin Hayes. Miller leads the Rangers in scoring with 17 points in 18 games and Hayes is right behind him with 16 points. If you would told anyone that after 18 games Miller and Hayes would be outscoring the likes of Mats Zuccarello, Derek Stepan and Mika Zibanejad they would have told you that you were crazy. It's not as if Miller doesn't have talent. It's just that he's never been an elite scorer at any level. Hayes was a solid player at Boston College, but again, he's not the type to lead an NHL squad in scoring. I expect both Miller and Hayes totals will normalize over the next few weeks.  

Corey Abbott: Shifting to another position, I would be looking to sell high on Jimmy Howard.  Eventually, you have to think Detroit will give Petr Mrazek a chance to seize back the crease and establish a rhythm.  Howard has been superb this year, but I doubt it will last for the entire year and Mrazek will be the goalie they want to roll with as the season progresses.  Howard currently has better numbers than he has ever posted, so a fall back to earth could be coming in the not too distant future.  

Brian Rosenbaum
Brian Rosenbaum is the Senior Hockey Editor of Rotoworld.com. He's run the hockey coverage since its inception in 2000.