Fantasy Impact: The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded Rick Nash, a minor league defenseman and a third-round pick to the New York Rangers for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a 2013 first round draft pick, per TSN's Darren Dreger.
The Rangers get: a proven 40-goal scorer in Nash. We have waited years on Nash becoming the 50-goal, 90-point superstar and it hasn't happened yet. But Columbus failed to give him the supporting cast. In New York, the support is much better. But at this point, those two milestones still seem optimistic.
The Blue Jackets get: a top two-way defense prospect in Erixon, a solid second-line forward who is good in the dressing room in Dubinsky - kind of like another RJ Umberger. As well, they add Anisimov who at times seems like a solid future second-line center. At other times, he's cold as the ice he skates on.
Fantasy Players Impacted: Erixon is close to being NHL-ready, which puts him on par with David Savard and Ryan Murray - three battling for one spot. And Erixon's presence means that John Moore isn't exactly safe. All four are great young D with a future and all four are on the cusp. May the best two win.
Dubinsky will replace Nash's spot in the Columbus lineup, but without as much ice time. That means more is freed up for Cam Atkinson, who really benefits with the move. In fact, Jackets' fans better hope Atkinson emerges this season or it will be a long one.
Anisimov will slot into the second line, pushing Mark Letestu to the fourth line. Ryan Johansen will remain on the third line, but his PP time is compromised, as two bodies for the PP have replaced one body.
In New York, the arrival of Nash is certainly an upgrade to the Dubinsky spot. This pushes Chris Kreider, who was pencilled in on the first line, down to the second. But it does create a pretty solid 1-2 punch in terms of lines in New York. I really like the lines here:
Nash Richards Callahan
Kreider Stepan Gaborik
Pyatt Boyle Hagelin
While I'm at it, let's take a look at Columbus:
Dubinsky Brassard Atkinson
Prospal Anisimov Umberger
Foligno Johansen Dorsett
Fantasy Players this helps, in order:
6. Michael Del Zotto
Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:
2. Derick Brassard
3. RJ Umberger
4. Jack Johnson/James Wisniewski/Nikita Nikitin