Can you get Igor Shesterkin at a small discount?

By | December 20, 2023

Igor Shesterkin isn’t his usual elite self this season. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Among the candidates being signed this week are players who have not quite lived up to the high expectations this season. They all have a lot more to offer, which means they can be available at the right price. That opens the door for steps that can be taken if fantasy managers are creative enough.

TRADE FOR

Igor Shesterkin, G, Rangers (99% selected)

Shesterkin has had an up and down season thus far, allowing fantasy managers to make an offer and potentially add him at a bit of a discount. Through five games in December, he has posted a 2-3-0 record with a 3.82 GAA and an .877 save percentage. The good news is that Shesterkin should be able to bounce back. The Rangers sit atop the overall standings despite some lackluster scoring from their usually reliable No. 1 netminder.

Shesterkin’s numbers have already taken a significant hit in his previous seasons, but he has managed to get back on track before. Even though Jonathan Quick has played well this season, he isn’t likely to steal Shesterkin’s starts. Rangers will undoubtedly continue to show confidence in him. It may be difficult to pry Shesterkin away from fantasy managers, especially those who prefer to be patient, but he should be targeted if you want to significantly improve your crease situation.

Example of a completed deal from the Yahoo Trade Market: Shesterkin and Matthew Tkachuk for JT Miller and Elvis Merzlikins

Tim Stutzle, C/LW, Senators (99% on list)

Stutzle has managed to rack up the assists this season, amassing 23 in 26 games, but his goalscoring woes have been a source of disappointment for some fantasy managers. Having produced 39 markers in 2022-23, he has only found the back of the net six times so far this campaign. He’s on pace for just 19 goals, but the talented 21-year-old should be able to find his range and correct that trend.

Stutzle currently has a career shooting percentage of 7.5 despite averaging 3.08 shots per game in his career. In his previous two seasons, he scored 61 goals in 157 games, with a success rate of 15.1% on his shots. Stutzle, who scored one goal in 10 games during Tuesday’s game against Arizona, may get a boost after the Senators fired head coach DJ Smith earlier this week.

Example of a completed deal from the Yahoo Trade Market: Stutzle for Joe Pavelski

Kevin Fiala, LW, Kings (89% selected)

Fiala has also been productive this season despite a mediocre goal tally. He scored six goals and 23 helpers in 28 games. He hasn’t lit the lamp in nine consecutive games leading up to Tuesday night’s match with San Jose, putting Fiala on pace to miss the 20-goal mark for the first time in five seasons, but he should be able to get back on to get to the right. class.

Fiala has a shooting percentage of 8.6, which is well below his success rate of 12.3% from his previous four campaigns. He averaged over 3.00 shots per game for three consecutive seasons before dropping to 2.59 shots per game in 2023-24. Fiala should be able to increase that number to improve his overall totals.

Example of a completed deal from the Yahoo Trade Market: Fiala for Jacob Markstrom

Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, Jets (64% selected)

Ehlers almost emerged as a trade candidate after scoring just two goals and three assists in thirteen games to start the 2023-2024 season. He averaged just 15:00 of ice time during that stretch, but his playing time has increased significantly since late November. Ehlers has averaged 18:24 of game action over his past nine games, totaling four goals and 12 points.

Ehlers has received a significant boost in responsibilities since Kyle Connor suffered a knee injury. The Jets’ top line of Ehlers and Mark Scheifele has also gotten a boost with the return of Gabriel Vilardi from a knee injury. Ehlers and Vilardi currently provide strong additions.

Example of a completed deal from the Yahoo Trade Market: Ehlers for Trevor Moore

MacKenzie Weegar, D, Flames (86% selected)

Weegar produced two goals and four assists in fifteen games to start the 2023-24 season, but he has six goals and thirteen points in the past seventeen games. He should be able to make up for his pace to put together another career year offensively. Weegar is also a great fantasy defender as he has 81 shots on goal, 79 blocked shots and 57 hits in 32 appearances.

Calgary’s defensive corps could see even more changes after the team moved Nikita Zadorov to Vancouver on Nov. 30. Weegar’s presence on the roster will increase further if that happens, but he’s still a great addition right now. It offers plenty of coverage for multiple categories, and it probably won’t cost you an arm and a leg on a transaction.

Example of a completed deal from the Yahoo Trade Market: Weegar for Joey Daccord

TRADE AWAY

Evan Rodrigues, C/LW/RW, Panthers (49% selected)

Rodrigues is on pace for a career-high 56 points, but fantasy managers are already starting to get impatient with his ups and downs this season. His roster percentage has been on the decline lately, but you might still be able to trade him for a potential upgrade.

Rodrigues started the season with eight points in six games before embarking on a meaningless five-game run. He followed that up with a three-game points haul before beginning an eight-game stretch without getting on the scoresheet. Rodrigues then collected three goals and five helpers during a four-match stretch. Now he has gone through a period of five games without a point. Rodrigues has been playing on the Panthers’ top line for most of the season, so he should become popular again and you could use that as your chance to sell high on him.

Example of a completed deal from the Yahoo Trade Market: Rodrigues for Jordan Kyrou

Yegor Sharangovich, C/LW, Flames (32% on list)

Sharangovich was a popular pick in December after scoring six goals and nine points in nine games. His average ice time has increased from 13:41 in his first 20 appearances to 19:50 in his last 12 appearances. Despite that encouraging sign, Sharangovich will have a hard time keeping this heater going.

He had an unsustainable shooting percentage of 37.5 during his five-game scoring streak, which ended Monday against Florida. Still, his spot on the Flames’ top line could help him become a marketable trade chip.

Example of a completed deal from the Yahoo Trade Market: Sharangovich for Quinton Byfield

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