With the trade deadline approaching, which player who is most likely to be traded will have the most fantasy impact with his new team?
Brian Rosenbaum: It's hard to say if the Hurricanes will trade Eric Staal, but if they do, he could be a difference-maker on his new club. Big, physical and talented centers don't grow on trees and Staal, who has stagnated with the Canes' mediocrity the past few seasons, will likely feel rejuvenated playing meaningful games with a contender. I wouldn't be surprised if he was once again a point-per-game player post trade.
Michael Finewax: The Canucks are still in the playoff hunt but their status as contenders for a post-season berth is tenuous at best. Which is why unrestricted free agents Radim Vrbata and Dan Hamhuis may be on the block. Vbrata could be a nice get for a team looking to bolster its scoring despite the fact he is having a miserable season with only 11 goals and 22 points in 50 games and a terrible minus 22 rating. A redo with a good club could help Vrbata produce at his 2014-15, 31 goal-scoring pace.
Ryan Dadoun: I don't know if he'll have the most fantasy impact on his new team, but Jonathan Drouin certainly stands to gain the most from a trade. He's got top-six forward potential and he's currently suspended by the Lightning. A change of scenery could turn Drouin's career around rather quickly and despite the fact that Drouin refusing to play probably hasn't made Steve Yzerman's job any easier, I still expect him to be moved by the deadline.
Corey Abbott: Jiri Hudler is another player slated for unrestricted free agency, who is expected to be available at the trade deadline. There have been reports that he is likely to be dealt even though he has been playing better lately. Hudler hasn't been nearly as productive as he was last season, but he still has the talent to be a steady producer for the rest of the season. He will likely be a highly-sought after forward at the deadline.
Brian Rosenbaum: The Oilers will certainly move some pieces and Teddy Purcell is at the top of the list of players who will be moved. In the right situation Purcell can be an effective goal scorer. It wouldn't shock me if he settled into a first or second line role on a contending team and score 10-12 goals over this season's last 20-25 games.
Michael Finewax: Although he is not flashy, Travis Hamonic is a very effective NHL and fantasy pool defensemen. In the right situation, Hamonic can accumulate both points and penalty minutes, both of which are in demand in the majority of hockey pools. Hamonic, who requested a trade dating back to October but still plays in Long Island, could be a sneaky upwardly mobile traded commodity.
Ryan Dadoun: Let's end on a fun note. I don't think many people are legitimately expecting Steven Stamkos to be traded, but his situation does fascinate me. Can you really risk having him walk as an unrestricted free agent this summer? That's a huge investment to let walk out the door for nothing in the cap era where you really can't afford to be hemorrhaging talent for no return. Yeah, it would be shocking to see Tampa Bay concede on the idea of re-signing him - and probably this season too - by trading him, but there's no question that he'd be the answer to the original question if he was dealt.