The Capitals get: a skilled winger with size who just two years ago ended a season in which he tallied 65 points. However, over the past two seasons he fell out of favor with New York Coach John Tortorella and his ice time and quality of linemates decreased. After being traded to Florida, he was unable to escape the hole he was in and the low ice time and secondary linemates continued. The knock on Wolski is his 'compete' level and his lack of physicality. When you're 6-3, 215 pounds, a lot more is expected of you in terms of going through the opposition. He tends to linger around the perimeter and avoid that stuff. But his hockey sense is well above average and his defensive acumen is underrated.
Fantasy Players Impacted: This is all about Wolski. And frankly, Wolski owners, this is probably a Top 5 destination for him if he's to become a fantasy asset again. The Caps really like Brooks Laich on the third line in a checking capacity because they know he will get his 45 points anyway. This gives them a player for the second line to line up with Mike Ribeiro and possibly converted winger Marcus Johansson. He will also see time on the Nicklas Backstrom/ Alex Ovechkin line - Troy Brouwer doesn't exactly have that spot sewn up and locked in a safe with the key destroyed. But he will need to make his mark early or he won't get the chance to turn things around come December. He will either get 15 points in the first 20 games, or he'll be put on waivers by Game 50. If it's the latter, he'll have effectively Patrick O'Sullivaned his way out of the NHL. If it's the former, then look for a solid rebound campaign.
Worth a late draft pick, in the "bench" rounds.
Fantasy Players this helps, in order:
Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:
3. Johansson (hey, it doesn't exactly help the guy)
4. Ryan Stoa