Sunday Brad Boyes was traded to the Buffalo Sabres from St. Louis in exchange for a second round pick. While his points production should remain steady his power play minutes are sure to increase on a mediocre Buffalo power play unit.
Analysis: Brad Boyes has 41 points in 62 games and is available in sixty percent of fantasy hockey leagues. Boyes moves to a team that has a real need for a top six forward. Right now he’s averaging just 17 minutes of ice time a game and with this trade expect 19 minutes of ice time with considerable power play minutes. Boyes is pretty consistent in every category- he takes over two shots a game, he scores more than enough points for a forward of his caliber, his plus/minus is solid but his lack of ice time in St. Louis really did hurt his fantasy production.
Projection: Boyes should still be putting up points in the .6-.8 points per game range but his power play points and ice time are the real winners here in the trade to Buffalo. This trade takes Boyes from a solid deeper league forward to a six category producing fantasy asset.