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Fantasy Hockey Trading Tips: Mid-Season Moves to Consider


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Welcome to 2023, fantastic managers. As the NHL schedule approaches mid-season, we’ve managed to get a pretty good idea of ​​which players and teams are outperforming or underperforming expectations. There is always a chance of a second-half turnover, but in reality, those are quite rare and difficult to accomplish.

Here are some trade targets that could have major fantasy value in the second half of the season…or not.

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Pierre-Luc Dubois, C, Jets (88% registered)

The Jets’ best winger is Kyle Connor, and Dubois should feel pretty lucky to have been paired up in recent games. But going deeper into the analyses, both are below 50% both in 5v5 Corsi percentage and 5v5 expected goal percentage according to This suggests that they are not as effective as we have been led to believe.

However, with Blake Wheeler, Cole Perfecti and Nikolaj Ehlers expected to be in the lineup for Friday’s game against the Lightning, it opened up all sorts of options for a Jets team that had struggled to generate offense lately. Dubois has become the team’s best center this season, scoring at a point-per-game pace, and his possession numbers with Wheeler on the wing are much better than with Connor. If Dubois can score at his current rate with suboptimal teammates, he should see a slight scoring boost when Wheeler plays down his line. Of course, Wheeler could always end up with Marc Scheifelebut the plethora of options also makes it much harder for the opposition to face off, and that could be a relief for Dubois as well.

Brandon Hagel, LW/RW, Lightning (55%)

Hagel has now scored 22 points in his last 26 games while skating on Tampa’s front line with Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov. After struggling to acclimate to his new team after being acquired via trade, Hagel’s usage has skyrocketed this season. He’s averaging a career-high 18:52 TOI per game, which also includes plenty of time on the power play. Despite being a complementary piece on the top line, Hagel has obviously been very effective in this role, with shades of Thomas Wilson play with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom on the Caps – an effective role player with above-average finishing ability who offers a physical play element to an otherwise pure scoring line.

Hagel’s place doesn’t seem to be in jeopardy going forward, and notably, he’s been shooting the puck much more often this season as well, averaging more than two shots per game. It’s still on the lower end given the rise in offense league-wide, but it’s certainly a nice bonus to Hagel’s fantasy value.

Brandon Montour, D, Panthers (86%)

Aaron Ekblad was introduced as a player to trade last week, and as the saying goes, what one hand gives, the other takes. Montour has been very good for the Panthers this season, scoring 30 points in 37 games and sharing PP1 duties with Ekblad. Except Montour doesn’t have a concerning injury history, has been much more consistent on offense and offers more upside in banger categories such as penalty minutes, blocked shots and hits. Ekblad’s fantasy value came mainly from his attack, but that has slipped back this season, not to mention Montour playing more minutes on some nights.

Panthers D Brandon Montour should be on your fantasy trade radar right now.

Panthers defenseman Brandon Montour should be on your fantasy trade radar right now. (Photo by Josh Lavallee/NHLI via Getty Images)

Alex Pietrangelo, D, Golden Knights (97%)

The Knights defense was hit hard. With Alec Martinez transferred to the wounded reserve, Zach Whitecloud moved to long-term injury reserve and still no schedule for Shea TheodoreWhen Pietrangelo returns, Pietrangelo’s already huge workload is about to get heavier. Excluding his first game back from his own injury, Pietrangelo has played at least 25 minutes in every game, including 34:16 against the Ducks and at least 28 minutes in five of his last seven games. He does everything from quarterback on the powerplay to lead defenders in minutes per game on the penalty kill.

Granted, it’s something we’ve seen Pietrangelo do before, but he’s going to have to do it for the foreseeable future with Nicolas The Hague and Brayden McNabb like the only other regulars on their blue line. The rest of the defense is filled with depth defenders (Ben Hutton) and the first farm team recruits (Kaedan Korczak, Brayden Pachal), and even the popular KHL import from Vegas, Daniel Miromanov, missed their last game with a lower-body injury. In fantasy, quantity is king, and Pietrangelo is going to fill the categories every night because no one else on the roster can.


Moritz Seider, D, Red Wings (87%)

Admittedly, letting go of a highly touted rookie who everyone knows will be a superstar can be tough. It’s shades of Jack Hughes‘ rookie season, where he showed flashes of genius but couldn’t be consistent or trustworthy enough to be an everyday fantasy player. That’s not a Alexis Lafreniere situation where player and team never seem to be on the same page, but instead are part of the growing difficulties of playing in the NHL.

After scoring 50 points last season, Seider has only 28 this year. While he offers a litany of blocks and hits, his fantasy value has really exploded in leagues that emphasize scoring. Of course, that doesn’t help when you’re paired with Ben Chiarot or Jake Walman, and teams adapted to Seider in his second season, but the Red Wings as a whole are in flux. Injuries and inconsistencies have recently led to juggling lines, and apart Dylan Larkins, no player has really been able to offend every night. This will obviously make it difficult for Seider to score points, and there will be more roster shuffling with Robby Fabbri soon his debut in the season, Tyler Bertuzzi should be back in about a week and Jakub Vrana trying to get back into the team after being held pointless with a minus-5 rating during his three-game rehab mission and then being waived. In the goalkeeping leagues, Seider is still hugely valuable, but in the shallower one-season leagues, it’s time for managers to consider capitulating and grabbing another defender who can be more reliable when he gets down. is to mark. Fantasy managers can still draft Seider next season and hope for better results.



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