Fantasy Analysis: The Oilers have traded defenseman Denis Grebeshkov to Nashville for a second-round draft pick in 2010.


The Oilers get: a good draft pick for an unproven, but very promising rearguard. Lots of cap space was just cleared.


The Preds get: an offensive rearguard who is now entering his prime. Grebeshkov should have about 25 to 30 points at this time of the year, but instead he has regressed, managing just 19. Nashville needs offense and even though they have Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, Grebeshkov gives their second PP unit a nice boost. This move paves the way for a Dan Hamhuis deal.


Fantasy Players Impacted: Tom Gilbert already sees a lot of power-play time. But now with Grebeshkov gone and Souray probably soon to follow, it is looking like the Oilers will go with Lubomir Visnovsky and Gilbert to run their PP. Grebeshkov gets a change of scenery and a more positive environment to work in.


Regarding the young defensemen in the Preds' system, specifically Cody Franson and Jonathan Blum, this will not have any impact on their long-term value. Those two are stud blue-chippers who will be just fine. If the Preds don't make room for them, then they will be moved. But they are too strong assets to get anything less than future stud treatment. However, in the short term it was looking as though Franson would be fairly decent in terms of fantasy value. That takes a small hit now, even though the team will move Hamhuis.


Players this helps, in order:

1. Denis Grebeshkov

2. Tom Gilbert

Players this hurts, in order:

1. Cody Franson (short-term only)


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fzusher said:

Franson impact - beg to differ I don't think this impacts Franson's short term impact at all, but in fact improves it.

Judging by the TOI on, their second unit has been Franson and Bouillon, Franson averaging 2:10, Bouillon 1:49. Bouillon, however, has played 15:42 per game even strength to Franson's 11:49. Even Sulzer, when he plays, plays more. If they take away Franson's PP time, they might as well demote him (though 4 of his 5 goals and 8 of his 11 assists have come in the limited even strength time he gets). Makes more sense to move the less talented Bouillon off the PP (and increase his PK time to make up for Hamhuis) and leave Franson. And this would mean Franson gets a big upgrade in terms of PP partner, which should improve him short term.

The guy really hurt by this is Sulzer, whose window of opportunity may have just closed. Bummer, as I own him in both my keepers.
March 01, 2010
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doulos said:

and souray... I have a feeling this was a plan B with no Souray being moved. Should be interesting to watch.
March 01, 2010
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Dobber said:

... excellent point, thank you. Adjusted.
March 01, 2010
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Rad64 said:

... Doesn't this impact the young Nasville D like Blum, Franson, etc...
March 01, 2010
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