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The first month of the NHL season is over and we have seen plenty of unpredictable things happen.
One being the hot start the Edmonton Oilers have had, and even the fact the Blackhawks are being led by a player who’s spent the majority of his career in the AHL.
What an odd start to the season we’ve had.
Your fantasy team may be loaded with a few unexpected stars, it’s time to move on from those guys and trade for some more consistency.
Here are a couple of players I believe you should be saying goodbye too:
After a rough first three games of the season allowing 13 goals, Cam Talbot has been lights out for your fantasy team. Ever since the birth of his newborn twins we’ve seen a drastic change in his game, making him the hottest goaltender in fantasy. Despite all of this it’s time to say goodbye. His schedule through the month of November is way too difficult for him to maintain this form. 10 out of the Oilers next 14 games are against playoff teams from last season, including Stanley Cup Champs: the Pittsburgh Penguins. Right now Talbot’s value is the highest it could be all season. You should be out there asking for top forwards like Taylor Hall, Brad Marchand, and Jakub Voracek to name a few. The goalie market is also hot right now with the likes of Jonathan Quick and Mike Smith out for a while. Go and see what their owners have that you can steal away. At the moment this may seem like a bold move but in the long run, this will really benefit your team.
If anyone tells you that they knew Panik would start the season off so hot then they’re a liar. Panik has scored 6 goals on 13 shots which is pretty ridiculous considering he only scored 9 goals with the Toronto Marlies last year. He’s playing top minutes on 5 on 5 and the power play, also, Panik is playing alongside some of the best players in the world right now with Toews and Kane. Now, exactly what I just said is what you should be telling other owners in your league when you’re trying to trade him. Panik has never been known as a point getter, in fact, the last time he had over 25 points was back in 2013 when he had 41 points for the Syracuse Crunch. It’s not going to be surprising to see him cool off very soon. Much like Cam Talbot, the Blackhawks forwards value will never be higher. You should be looking for players around the league who have been off to a slow start like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or even Jeff Carter. The owners of these players could be worrying about them and maybe you can get them to make a “Panik” trade.