Welcome to the NHL Free Agent Tracker 2020. We will be breaking down all of the signings, and how it affects their fantasy value. This is a living document so it will get updated as players sign.

Last Updated 8:07 PM EST October 15, 2020

 

Terminology

SV% - Save Percentage

GSAA - Goals Saves Above Average

QS% - Quality Start Percentage

PPP - Power Play Points

                                           
Pos  Player Old Team New Team StatsRelated PlayersBreakDown
G Cam Talbot Calgary FlamesMinnesota Wild2019 SV% - 0.919 2019 GSAA - 7.53 2019 QS% - 0.500The Talbot deal will push back the timeline on Kaapo Kahkonen by a year I suspect. However, if he outplays Alex Stalock in camp, Stalock could be the odd man out.Talbot is heading to Minnesota on a 3-year deal. He will have sneaky value next year for fantasy. Talbot played well in the playoffs, and had some really nice stretches during the year as well, having started as the backup, and emerging as the number one. He will likely enter the season as the number one for the Wild and will be looking to build off his 0.919 save percentage last year, and his 7.5 goals saved above average.
G Jacob Markstrom Vancouver CanucksCalgary Flames2019 SV% - 0.918 2019 GSAA - 11.4 2019 QS% - 0.581The days of David Rittich being the starter in Calgary are officially done. His play this year will determine I the will get a shot as a starter somewhere next year or if he will be a backup moving forward.It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Markstrom played well in his two years as a stater in Vancouver, after their goalie coach, Ian Clark, was able to work with him and help him become a star. Don’t be surprised if it takes Markstrom a bit of time to get used to a new system, and a new team in from of him, however. Calgary is far from the worst place Markstrom could have landed, but his fantasy value would have been higher should he of stayed in Vancouver.
G Braden Holtby Washington CapitalsVancouver Canucks2019 SV% - 0.897 2019 GSAA - (-)16.76 2019 QS% - 0.468Holtby will split time with Demko this year, if he plays well he could be a prime candidate for Seattle to grab in the expansion next year. Holtby should be seen as the back up in Vancouver. He will get a chance to play for the larger part of the goalie share with Thacher Demko. Holby struggled for the last three years in Washington, after winning the Stanley Cup, but he is heading home to British Columbia and will work with a goalie coach that has a proven record of improving goalies play.
G Henrik Lundqvist New York RangersWashington Capitals2019 SV% - 0.905 2019 GSAA - 11.4 2019 QS% - 0.581Lundqvist's signing shouldn't affect the value of Ilya Samsonov too much. With the compressed schedule most goalie tandems will be close to 50%, and year could very well determine if Lundqvist retires after the season or not. The "King" gets an opportunity to play for the number one job in Washington. Lundqvist wasn’t bad last year with the Rangers but was a victim of circumstance with the emergence of Igor Shesterkin, and the solid play of Alexander Georgiev. He is a player you should keep an eye on late in your draft in deeper leagues, and watch to see how things shake out, as he could emerge as the number one as Ilya Samsonov while talented, isn’t an experienced number one.
G Malcolm Subban Chicago BlackhawksChicago Blackhawks2019 SV% - 0.890 2019 GSAA - (-)10.63 2019 QS% - 0.368Subban's resigning doesn't strongly affect other goalies in the Blackhawks system.We will see how things shake out in Chicago, but the Blackhawks signed Subban the day after announcing they shouldn’t be bringing back Corey Crawford. Subban wasn’t great last year in Vegas, with a 0.890 save percentage, and -10.6 goals saved above average. Chicago should bring in a veteran partner to pair with Subban. Subban is a high pedigree goalie who has yet to break out, but this might be the first real opportunity for him to see significant playing time.
G Anton Khudobin Dallas StarsDallas Stars2019 SV% - 0.930 2019 GSAA - 17.75 2019 QS% - 0.731With Khudobin coming back, we won't see Jake Ottinger getting an opportunity for at least another year, unless Ben Bishop retires or is bought out.After carrying the Stars to within two wins of the Stanley Cup, Khudobin is back with the stars for three years at 3.33 million. Dallas was one of the best teams as suppressing goals last year, and that likely won’t change next year. It is unclear how the playing time will shake out long term, but for next year, owning shares of Khudobin isn’t a bad idea, as he should see at least half of the playing time.
G Corey Crawford Chicago BlackhawksNew Jersey Devils2019 SV% - 0.917 2019 GSAA - 9.01 2019 QS% - 0.641It is assumed the Crawford will back up Blackwood, but I am not sure that is a guarantee, if Crawford out plays him, it could be his net moving forward.This is a nice move for the Devils. Crawford played well in Chicago last year( 0.917 save percentage, 9.01 goals saved above average). He will likely see a near 50/50 timeshare with Mackenzie Blackwood. Crawfords draft stock likely won’t be really high, but he is a player you should look to stream or draft in the later rounds.
G Thomas Greiss New York IslandersDetroit Red Wings2019 SV% - 0.913 2019 GSAA - 2.77 2019 QS% - 0.536For this year, I don't think this will effect Jonathan Bernier too much, as it will be near a 50/50 split anyway. Greiss was an average goalie last year, in a very goalie safe system with Barry Trotz. Moving to Detroit to split duties likely won’t lead to a career year, however, he should have an opportunity to play. I don’t see Greiss as a player who should be drafted in 12-15 team leagues, but a player you keep an eye on in waivers.
D Torey Krug Boston BruinsSt. Louis BluesGoals - 9 Assists - 40 Points - 49 PPP - 28 Hits - 36 Blocks - 48This move sets the market for Pietrangelo, and also hurts the long term value of Vince Dunn, as the power play will be Krug's until further notice.This might be the biggest surprise so far in free agency. Most people had expected Krug to either resign in Boston or go to Detroit. This is a good landing spot for Krug, he will add some offence for the Blues and should help improve their powerplay that struggled during the playoffs. He doesn’t have the same all-around game that Pietrangelo had, but he does have a better offensive game.
D Justin Schultz Pittsburgh PenguinsWashington CapitalsGoals - 3 Assists - 9 Points - 12 PPP - 6 Hits - 36 Blocks - 50The signing of Schultz doesn't significantly effect any of the players on the Capitals roster or on the farm.The days of Schultz being a high-value defenceman in fantasy are now a few years in his rear-view. The move to Washington should provide him with time on their second power-play unit, and if Carlson is injured, get him some time on one of the best power-play units in the league. He isn’t someone you should be looking to draft, but stream if an injury to Carlson occurs.
D T.J. Brodie Calgary FlamesToronto Maple LeafsGoals - 4 Assists - 15 Points - 19 PPP - 1 Hits - 20 Blocks - 87The addition of Brodie shouldn't affect any of Toronto's prospects from getting an opportunity to any great extent that would affect your fantasy team. Players like Rasmus Sandin wouldn't be blocked by this signing.The value to Brodie, isn’t one that will show up in your Fantasy leagues directly. He should help improve the defensive play for Toronto, but ultimately he likely won’t produce enough points to be of any real consequence, and he also doesn’t block enough shots or hit enough to be of value in deeper leagues that use those categories.
D Kevin Shattenkirk Tampa Bay LightningAnaheim DucksGoals - 8 Assists - 26 Points - 34 PPP - 7 Hits - 62 Blocks - 66Shattenkirk signing in Anaheim, could reduce the value of a player like Cam Fowler should Shattenkirk end up taking over the top power play.from the perspective of going to a place where you can win, Anaheim might not have been the best landing spot. From the lens of fantasy value though, it’s not bad. Shattenkirk will likely start on the second power-play, but if Cam Fowler gets hurt or the power-play struggles, he could very well see significant time on the top unit. Unless news out of camp solidifies him as on that top unit though, he shouldn’t be drafted in most leagues.
D Tyson Barrie Toronto Maple LeafsEdmonton OilersGoals - 5 Assists - 34 Points - 39 PPP - 12 Hits - 47 Blocks - 76The signing of Barrie as a domino effect for the Oilers. This will likely move Klefbom off of the top power-play and potentially remove Darnell Nurse from that picture all together. This also potentially means we don't see former first round pick Evan Bouchard up this year either.From a fantasy perspective, this is a really nice landing spot for Barrie. He should be on the top power-play of the Oilers which was the best in the league last year. If you are playing in a league that uses plus/minus beware, as he isn’t a great defender.
D Erik Gustafsson Calgary FlamesPhiladelphia FlyersGoals - 6 Assists - 23 Points - 29 PPP - 9 Hits - 86 Blocks - 58This could hurt the value of Ivan Provorov if it takes away some of his power play minutes. This likely also signals the departure of Shayne Gostisbehere.I'm not certain what to make of this signing. If Gustafsson can return to something that resembles his 60 point 18-19 season then this will be a boom for the Flyers, as it will allow to play Provorov more important 5 on 5 minutes.
D Alex Pietrangelo St. Louis BluesVegas Golden KnightsGoals - 16 Assists - 36 Points - 52 PPP - 22 Hits - 47 Blocks - 89There will be some ripple effect that comes with this move, as Vegas is going to have to make moves to clear cap space. The first has occurred with Nate Schmidt being moved to Vancouver. We will see if there are others to come.We will have to wait and see how this move shakes out for Vegas. This could take power play time away from Shea Theodore, but Pietrangelo could also see less power play time now, although with his contract that seems unlikely.
C Alexander Wennberg Columbus Blue JacketsFlorida PanthersGoals - 5 Assists - 17 Points - 22 PPP - 5 Hits - 21 Blocks - 31The signing of Wennberg, will effect Noel Acciari the most, as it keeps him off the second line.Wennberg is a few years removed from his best seasons in Columbus, but the move to Florida away from John Tortorella, could help jump-start his career. He is a late-round sleeper, who you should feel comfortable dropping early in the season if you don’t see any production, or if you start to see him fall down the depth chart.
C Kyle Turris Nashville PredatorsEdmonton OilersGoals - 9 Assists - 22 Points - 31 PPP - 10 Hits - 18 Blocks - 25As a depth player, Turris won't greatly effect the value of others around him.Turris is expected to be the third line centre for the Oilers. Should there be injuries, in the top six though, Turris could have streaming value should he start to see consistent time with Draisaitl and/or McDavid.
RW Tyler Toffoli Vancouver CanucksMontreal CanadiensGoals - 24 Assists - 20 Points - 44 PPP - 10 Hits - 48 Blocks - 16With Toffoli not coming back, this likely brings Brock Boeser back up to play with Elias Pettersson, which should cause his stock to rise.The move to Montreal should lead us to look at more of his pace while with the Kings than the one he had with the Canucks. He won't be playing with same kind of offensive talent so I expect a bit of a downgrade for Toffoli coming into the season, unless we see a lot of growth from Nick Suzuki.
RW Craig Smith Nashville PredatorsBoston BruinsGoals - 18 Assists - 13 Points - 31 PPP - 7 Hits - 60 Blocks - 19It isn't certain where Smith will slot in with the Bruins, but he could ultimately move onto the second line, and push Ondrej Kase down the depth chart.Smith will slot into the middle six for the Bruins. He has scored between 18 and 25 goals each of the last three years, so he will have value in leagues that heavily weigh goalies. In other leagues, he should be seen as a streamer for the weeks where Boston is facing weaker opponents.
RW Tyler Ennis Edmonton OilersEdmonton OilersGoals - 16 Assists - 21 Points - 37 PPP - 10 Hits - 96 Blocks - 26Depending on how lines play out, this could effect both James Neal and Josh Archibald, as the exposure to McDavid is really the key to these players value.Ennis will get a prolonged opportunity to play with Connor McDavid, which means he has fantasy value. He should be viewed as a late-round sleeper or streamer until he establishes that he will stick on McDavid’s line.
LW Taylor Hall Arizona CoyotesBuffalo SabresGoals - 16 Assists - 36 Points - 52 PPP - 18 Hits - 22 Blocks - 20The Hall signing should cement Jack Eichel as a top 15 pick. This also adds value to Victor Olofsson, and should add some more value to Rasmus Dahlin through an improved top power play unit.This is a great landing spot for Hall. He will get to play with an elite centre in Jack Eichel, and on a one year deal he should be motivated to have a great year. This is a big upgrade from the talent he was playing with in Arizona and New Jersey last year.
LW Evgenii Dadonov Florida PanthersOttawa SenatorsGoals - 25 Assists - 22 Points - 47 PPP - 17 Hits - 29 Blocks - 29With Dadonov out in Florida, his departure opens up a prime spot on Florida's PP1 with Barkov and Huberdeau. Today that winner looks to be Patric Hornqvist.Landing in Ottawa should ensure that Dadonov gets lots of minutes, both 5x5 and on the power play. The quality of the players he plays with won't he as high as in Florida, so I would expect a dip in his overall points.