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July 1: Forward Viktor Arvidsson acquired by Los Angeles Kings
Fantasy spin: Arvidsson was traded to the Kings by the Nashville Predators on Thursday. The move gives Arvidsson renewed upside to return to prior fantasy relevance. Arvidsson, who is still in his prime at 28 years old, will likely be a fixture in the Kings’ top six skating on the second line with either young center Quinton Byfield or Gabriel Vilardi and could get a trial on the top line with elite center Anze Kopitar if veteran wing Dustin Brown moves down the lineup.
Either lineup position should give Arvidsson more fantasy intrigue than he had with the Predators, who were 22nd in goals per game (2.70) this season. He scored 61 points in consecutive seasons (2016-18) before scoring an NHL career-high 34 goals in 58 games in 2018-19. Arvidsson has also been valuable for shots on goal with at least 246 in 2016-17 and 2017-18, and his NHL career-high nine power-play points could easily be exceeded with consistent exposure to Kopitar and valuable defenseman Drew Doughty on the top power-play unit.
Fantasy managers should target Arvidsson in the final few rounds of a standard 12-team fantasy draft and view him as an intriguing bounce-back candidate on a team with offensive upside and plenty of young talent around him.
— CBJ hired Brad Larsen on June 10
— NYR hired Gerard Gallant on June 16
— ARI hired Andre Tourigny on July 1
May 30: Forward Vasily Podkolzin signed three-year, entry-level contract with Vancouver Canucks.
Fantasy spin: Podkolzin, who was the No. 10 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, is among NHL.com’s top 100 rankings for keeper and dynasty leagues and could play right wing in Vancouver’s top six as early as next season on a line with valuable center Elias Pettersson or Bo Horvat.
Podkolzin scored 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 16 playoff games with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League, matching his regular-season scoring total (35 games), and could emerge as a Calder Trophy candidate next season.
May 12: Forward Alexander Barabanov signed one-year contract to remain with San Jose Sharks.
Fantasy spin: Barabanov is among NHL.com’s top 250 rankings for next season after earning a role on San Jose’s top line with valuable forwards Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl down the stretch of this regular season.
Barabanov scored seven points (three goals, four assists) in nine games after being acquired in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 12. Barabanov, who is playing for Russia in the 2021 IIHF World Championship, is a deep fantasy sleeper candidate for next season.
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