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Offseason +/- : Pacific Division

Last of 6 articles looking at the fantasy hockey impact of the key offseason additions and subtractions for all the teams.  Last time we looked at the Northwest Division... this time we look at the Pacific Division:

San Jose

Add:  Dan Boyle, Rob Blake and Brad Lukowich 

Subtract:  Patrick Rissmiller, Brian Campbell, Matt Carle, Craig Rivet, Kyle McLaren and Sandis Ozolinsh

Impact for Team:  Overhauled the defense but the biggest change should be the change in attitude that comes with the new coach.  

Biggest Fantasy Hockey Impact: 

  1. Dan Boyle and Rob Blake make the switch from the two worst teams in the league to one of the best and that should help in a lot of ways, especially +/-.
  2. Two young dmen, ME Vlasic and Christian Ehrhoff, should see expanded roles due to all the departures on the blueline.
  3. Patrick Marleau seemed to get jerked around by coach Ron Wilson and was the subject of a lot of trade rumours last year, so he's probably looking forward to a fresh start. 

Anaheim

Add:  Brendan Morrison and Steve Montador 

Subtract:  Todd Bertuzzi, Doug Weight, Mathieu Schneider, MA Bergeron and Sean O'Donnell

Impact for Team:  Their offense just tanked last year and they weren't able to address that in the offseason as cap issues forced them to dump a lot of veterans. 

Biggest Fantasy Hockey Impact: 

  1. Bobby Ryan is ready to play amongst the top 6 forwards but has to start the year in the AHL due to a lack of cap space.
  2. Without Bertuzzi and Ryan around there is a spot on the 2nd line available and Ryan Carter might get a chance to step in.
  3. With 3 veteran dmen on the way out, more will be expected from Francois Beauchemin.

Dallas

Add:  Sean Avery and Fabian Brunnstrom 

Subtract:  Niklas Hagman, Antti Miettinen, Stu Barnes, Mattias Norstrom and Johan Holmqvist

Impact for Team:  Injuries last year gave younger players lots of opportunities and this year some departures should provide some more.

Biggest Fantasy Hockey Impact: 

  1. Brad Richards should be settled after his deadline deal last year and find himself on a team with a lot of talent up front.
  2. Fabian Brunnstrom handpicked his destination and we think he chose wisely as Dallas has some great playmaking centers for him to play with.
  3. There's a lot of depth amongst the forwards but Loui Eriksson has established himself and had good chemistry last year on a line with Ribeiro and Morrow.

Phoenix

Add:  Olli Jokinen, Mikkel Boedker, Todd Fedoruk, Kurt Sauer and David Hale 

Subtract:  Radim Vrbata, Niko Kapanen, Mike York, Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton

Impact for Team:  Made a great trade to get Olli and have lots of young talent, so the pressure is on Gretzky to prove that he knows what to do with it.

Biggest Fantasy Hockey Impact: 

  1. Matching Olli Jokinen and Shane Doan together provide each of them with a similar caliber player to play with that they haven't had, ever? 
  2. The departures on D should provide an opportunity for Keith Yandle to see increased minutes and PP time.
  3. The additions of Fedoruk and McGrattan should mean less fighting for Daniel Carcillo.

Los Angeles

Add:  Jarret Stoll, Drew Doughty, Matt Greene, Sean O'Donnell, Denis Gauthier and Kyle Quincey 

Subtract:  Mike Cammalleri, Ladislav Nagy, Scott Thornton, Lubomir Visnovsky and Rob Blake

Impact for Team:  Gave up some proven veteran point producers and didn't add any new ones, so the slack will have to be picked up from within.

Biggest Fantasy Hockey Impact: 

  1. They completely overhauled their defense and that should mean Jack Johnson will be the man on blueline (if he hadn't gotten hurt in the 2nd game).
  2. Patrick O'Sullivan had 26 points in 30 games after the all-star break last year and gave a glimpse of what could be in store for 2008/09.
  3. Drew Doughty made the team out of camp and will get an opportunity to play but don't expect much from a 18 year old dman.