Which of the players who have been traded thus far will have the greatest fantsasy impact going forward?
Brian Rosenbaum: Of the players who have been moved so far no one has the fantasy updside that Andrew Ladd has. He is a top-line forward and will play as such alongside Jonathan Toews and a healthy Marian Hossa in Chicago. He knows the city as he has played with the Blackhawks before and as a result he should blend in seamlessly. Ladd could be a point-per-game player for the rest of the season.
Corey Abbott: I like the moves that Florida made on Saturday. I don't expect Teddy Purcell and Jakub Kindl to light up the stat sheet, but Jiri Hudler should fit in nicely. If he is paired with Nick Bjugstad that duo could enjoy plenty of success on what could be Florida's third line and I would expect him to see plenty of power-play time as well. The Cats became a much deeper team as they try to lock up first place in the Atlantic Division.
Ryan Dadoun: Of the players that have been traded in the last week (and I say this as of Sunday in the early afternoon), Ladd is the only one who I believe is both noteworthy in standard fantasy leagues and has seen his trade value go up significantly as a result of these deals. Purcell and Hudler might do a bit better in Florida, but I'm not expecting a meaningful jump in production from either of them. At least Edmonton will no longer weigh on Purcell's plus/minus though.
Corey Abbott: The only other player I see getting some additional value out of a recent trade is James Reimer, but I don't see him pushing Martin Jones for playing time. I do think he will perform well when given the opportunity to play, though. The chance to play on a much stronger team will make him a much safer start and a decent depth option for fantasy GMs, especially if you already own Jones.
Brian Rosenbaum: Another player I think who will make a huge impact with his new team is Eric Staal. Once a dominant centre his performance has declined alongside the decline of the Hurricanes. Now with the Rangers, Staal will be one of the team's better players but not the focul point of his team's offence as he was with a weak Carolina squad. I expect Staal to take full advantage of the opportunity and produce at a high level for the rest of the season.
Ryan Dadoun: Yeah, Staal hadn't been traded yet when I made my original post, but I agree that this is a big opportunity for him. I'm less optimistic about Reimer because of Martin Jones' presence. I just don't think there's enough time left in the season for Reimer to wrestling the starting job away from Jones unless Jones collapses at the 11th hour.