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Ducks trade Viktor Fasth to Edmonton and Dustin Penner to Washington




Fantasy Impact: Ducks trade forward Dustin Penner to the Capitals and goalie Viktor Fasth to the Oilers.

 

The Capitals get: A veteran forward who can score if in the right situation and properly motivated.

 

The Oilers get: A backup goalie with the potential to compete with Ben Scrivens for the number one job.

 

Fantasy Players impacted: Fasth, Penner, Ben Scrivens, Frederik Andersen, Capitals secondary scorers.

 

Penner’s career looked to be done after combining for just nine goals in the previous two seasons, but he looked somewhat rejuvenated with the Ducks this year, scoring 13 times and posting 32 points in 49 games. With that being said, most of Penner’s production came in the first two months of the season and he’s slowed considerably since then. He was even a healthy scratch on a few occasions from Bruce Boudreau. Still, he’s only 31 and has a good chance at completing another 20-goal year in Washington.

 

Penner has spent much of his time this season with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, but with their skill sets they will hardly be hurt with the departing Penner. However, some secondary Ducks players could now benefit from some extra shifts with Perry and Getzlaf. Jakob Silfverberg, Kyle Palmieri, or Mathieu Perreault (when healthy) come to mind.

 

Where Washington is concerned it could hinder some forwards’ production. Wingers like Troy Brouwer, Eric Fehr and Joel Ward could find themselves in a log jam for minutes all of a sudden.

 

Lastly, I think it’s very important to note that Penner was dealt on National Pancake Day.

 

Fantasy Players this helps, in order:


Jakob Silfverberg

Kyle Palmieri

Mathieu Perreault

 

Fantasy players this hurts, in order:


Dustin Penner

Eric Fehr

Joel Ward

Troy Brouwer

 

As far as the Fasth move goes, the two big winners are Frederik Andersen and John Gibson, as it gives them a more direct route to a starting job. If the Ducks decide to let Jonas Hiller walk in free agency, they could both find themselves with the team next season.

 

This move may ultimately help Fasth as well, since the Edmonton goaltending situation isn’t as crowded as Anaheim’s. Fasth was impressive in 25 games last season with a .921 save percentage, but that’s a small sample size. He’s come back down to earth in limited action in 2013-14. Fasth still has a shot to challenge Ben Scrivens for the starting job at some point. Scrivens will have to fend him off after signing a two-year contract. It’s likely his job to lose, but Fasth is going to make it tough.

 

Fantasy players this helps, in order:


Viktor Fasth

Frederik Andersen

John Gibson

 

Fantasy players this hurts, in order:


Ben Scrivens

 

You can have further discussion on the moves in the comments sections and here in the forum.

 

Michael Amato is an Associate Editor for DobberHockey and a News Editor for theScore. You can follow him on Twitter at @amato_mike

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