Fantasy Hockey Trade Review: Cam Barker for Kim Johnsson

February 16th, 2010 by Fantasy Football Leave a reply »
Just before the NHL’s Olympic roster freeze deadline, the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild exchanged defensemen in a deal that could carry some fantasy value. Chicago sent defenseman Cam Barker to Minnesota for defenseman Kim Johnsson and prospect Nick Leddy.

For Barker, this deal likely creates fantasy value where there previously wasn’t any. He was averaging under 14 minutes per game on the Blackhawks’ third defensive pairing, and had not produced to the level Chicago management, and fantasy owners wanted. Johnsson was leading Minnesota in average ice time, though, so Barker will likely see an instant upgrade in playing time and expected production.

In Barker’s first game with the Wild, a 6-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks, he played over 19 minutes, scored a goal and was credited with three hits. In a deep league, Barker could carry some value as a fourth or fifth defenseman in March and early April this year.

Johnsson is an intriguing player from a fantasy perspective. He’s only owned in four percent of ESPN leagues, but might carry more value now that he’s in Chicago.

Consider that he was—somehow—+3 in Minnes ...

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