Buy Low, Sell High
Once all the obvious free agents have been picked up, a fantasy hockey trade may be the next option for hockey pool GMs trying to secure the championship. So, in "Buy Low Sell High" we offer up a few trade ideas based on current performances. Whereas our “Buy Lows” have probably hit bottom – and their owners may have grown weary – our "Sell Highs" may have already peaked, meaning they will never have more trade value than right now. The main idea is to trade for a player who will produce more in the time that remains.
Here’s our top “Buy Lows”…
Thomas Vanek (BUF – L) He was a force to start the year, but then went ice cold in mid-February – putting up just two points in a seven game span. However, Vanek is beginning to produce again; he has three points in the last four games. Simply put, he’s streaky and his current GM may have grown tired of it. Yet, he’s probably going to get hot again before the season ends.
Jason Pominville (BUF – R) As Vanek’s production has dwindled, so has Pominville’s. He had just one point in eleven games through most of February, but we foresee a turnaround. Pominville had 12 points through the first seven games, so he can put up stats in bunches.
Jordan Eberle (EDM – R) Eberle is currently our #1 bust, but it hasn’t been crazy bad this season. He still has 18 points in 26 games, and the Oilers are headed home after a lengthy road trip. His current owner is probably frustrated and is ready to cut losses, yet the potential remains for a turnaround.
Vladamir Tarasenko (STL – R / Rookie) Tarasenko has been out since Feb. 20th with a concussion, but he’s been skating with the team this week – although there is still no timetable for his return. If you have the space, Tarasenko could be a great depth player/rookie to stash away on your reserve bench for the stretch drive.
Patrick Marleau (SJS – L) Marleau was the NHL’s hottest player out of the gates, but now he might be the coldest. He has just six points in his past 19 games, yet two points in his last two outings. Like Vanek, Marleau has always been streaky, and he still has half the season to turn the jets back on. Note: Joe Pavelski (SJS – C) As goes Marleau, so goes Pavelski in 2013.
FLYER: Travis Zajac (NJD – C) Zajac is a major disappointment in 2013, but there's still time for him to find his game and become fantasy relevant once again.
INJURY Buy Lows: Evgeni Malkin (PIT – C), Joffrey Lupul (TOR – L), Alex Steen (STL – L)
And now, let’s take a look at a few “Sell Highs.”
*Nazem Kadri (TOR – C) Following his seven game scoring streak, Kadri has since gone a couple games without a point. He’s going to finish the season with career numbers, and possibly still finish tops on the Maple Leafs, but he may have peaked. He could be cashed in now for a more established player bound for a turnaround. *This does not apply in Keeper Leagues.
Jiri Tlusty (CAR – C) Can Tlusty keep up the act? Probably, or at least something close to it. He’s playing with Eric Staal and Alexander Semin, and we know he’s going to finish the year with career numbers. Yet, his recent run of nine points in six games has his value at an all-time fantasy high. Tlusty may never be worth more.
**Cory Conacher (TBL – C) Conacher is currently not playing next to Marty St. Louis; the rookie Alex Killorn is filling that spot on the Lightning’s top line. Conacher still plays the second power play unit, but generally speaking he’s lost some pizazz. Yet, there is a lot to “talk up” about Conacher in trade negotiations, including his surroundings and his previous accomplishments. **This does not apply to poolies employing rookies.
Saku Koivu (ANH – C) It was a nice up-tick if you had him in your line-up, but the veteran Koivu is on his way back down to earth. He has just one point in his last five games. Trade him now if you have him.
Kimmo Timonen (PHI – D) We’re big fans of Timonen, but can we really expect him to finish second in defenseman scoring, as he sits right now? We think not. Now is the time to capitalize on his maximum value.
That's our "Buy Low, Sell High" for March 12th, 2013. Good luck with your trade negotiations in the coming weeks.