Thursday, March 5, 2009

Migrating to the Windy City

The Anaheim Ducks trade forward Samuel Pahlsson, defenceman Logan Stephenson and a conditional draft pick in 2009 to Chicago for defenceman James Wisniewski and forward Petri Kontiola.

Fantasy Outlook:
Pahlsson was a key component with the Anaheim Ducks, helping them win their Stanley Cup two seasons ago. He will primarily be used as a shut-down guy on the Blackhawks, but will also be able to help with his playoff experience in a young Chicago dressing room.

Fantasy owners should not pass over Pahlsson in a roto league format. He is is tied for 2oth in the league in faceoff percentage and takes key draws. He is an option in a deeper draft if you are looking to upgrade your faceoff category prominence.

James Wisniewski will have the opportunity to learn from two top defencemen in today's NHL. He goes to Anaheim as a depth guy for the time being. He will have to sit tight as Anaheim sorts out their defensive depth chart this off season.

If Wisniewski ends up staying in Anaheim, he could end up third on the depth chart, providing one of Pronger or Niedermayer leave. He would be a good option late in a draft next season as he in an offensive minded player. Current owners should expect that he puts up the average point and pairs with either Neidermayer or Pronger.


Chris' Take:
I like this move for Anaheim. Whitney and Wisniewski should be the top pairing for the Ducks in 2010-2011. Wisniewski has some untapped offensive potential and is more likely to QB the talented Powerplay then Whitney. Look for him as a nice sleeper option next year when Pronger is traded or Scotty signs with Vancouver.

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