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Fantasy spin: Muzzin trade to Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs got defensemanJake Muzzinfrom the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, considerably enhancing his dream worth. Muzzin (63 percent owned in Yahoo), 22nd amongst defensemen based upon standard category performance prior to the trade, is a must-add player in all dream formats.

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Muzzin goes from the Kings, who have actually scored the fewest goals per game in the NHL (2.26) and have the sixth worst power play (15.3 percent), to the Maple Leafs, who rank 4th in objectives per video game (3.55) and ninth with the man-advantage (22.1 ). Toronto has 4 elite skaters in centersAuston Matthews,John Tavares, right wingMitchell Marnerand defensemanMorgan Rielly.

Muzzin is among 5 defensemen with a minimum of 20 points (21) and 100 hits (111) this season; the others areDrew Doughty,Rasmus Ristolainen,Jeff PetryandDarnell Nurse. Muzzin was plus-10 in 50 games this season with the Kings but did not view as much power-play usage (1:08 per video game) or time with Doughty compared to previous seasons (at least 2:15 per video game on power play in each of six complete seasons).

Playing with Doughty at even strength and/or on the very first power play for much of his NHL profession, Muzzin has the 2nd best Shot Efforts ratio among defensemen since getting in the NHL in 2010-11 behind Doughty and had at least 10 power-play points in 4 straight seasons (two PPP this season). For fantasy purposes moving forward, it’s uncertain just how much of Muzzin’s past success can be associated to Doughty.Even though Doughty has not been playing as often with Muzzin this season, this trade could have a negative influence on Doughty’s dream appeal for the remainder of the season. Doughty (137th in Yahoo) is on pace for an NHL career-worst score (minus-16 through 50 video games) and has actually scored over half of his points (28) on the power play (15 ). The Kings have the least points (44) in the Western Conference and could make more moves prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 25.

Tweet from @NHLFantasy: Which defenseman would you want most in fantasy for rest of season after today’s big #LeafsForever #GoKingsGo trade? #FantasyHockey spin via @NHLJensen https://t.co/GEgOgNKGhY!.?.!But Muzzin, a potential unrestricted free agent in 2020, will a minimum of go beyond Maple Leafs teammate Jake Gardiner, a possible 2019 UFA, in NHL.com’s fantasy defenseman rankings this week. Gardinerhas more points (24 in 47 video games) than Muzzin however has actually underachieved based on preseason fantasy expectations (Yahoo rank: 241; typical draft position: 129.6) despite being on a much better group than Muzzin.Gardiner has actually missed out on the previous two video games with a back injury and may decline considering he, Rielly and Muzzin shoot left and might use various sets. Muzzin might debut for the Kings when they go to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.%%item_read_more_button %%.

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