NHL Fantasy Mailbag: Is Kings goalie Jonathan Quick worth holding on to?

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (32). (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

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Now to your questions:

Ivan – @Channer1515

Would you recommend buying Mathew Barzal? Trade Evander Kane for Barzal?

Make that move promptly. A couple weeks back, I featured Barzal on a list of players likely to bust out in the second half. That’s going according to plan so far.

This surge was inevitable. After a turbulent start – by his standards – the sophomore is starting to produce big-time, namely in the scoring department. After netting just four goals in his first 33 games, Barzal has eight tallies over the last nine games.

What’s a fair attainable for this season? 25 and 85 seems reachable to me. Truthfully, I think Barzal is only scratching the surface of what he can be in fantasy hockey. He should be treated as a top-25 talent going forward.

Barzal over Kane all-day and twice on Sundays.

Pick him up.

Daniel Duke – @canadianduke

Who would you rather have in a keeper league – Clayton Keller or Sam Reinhart?

I’ll preface this answer by saying that I still have no idea what to make of the Arizona Coyotes.

Keller is way more talented but Reinhart has greater exposure to better players, namely Jack Eichel.

It’ll be intriguing to see how Coyotes general manager John Chayka responds to another unsatisfactory season for his team. There are massive holes in this roster and it’s his job to try and fix those issues. I’d love to see the Coyotes acquire a bonafide top-six sniper to help Keller out.

Often overlooked in fantasy hockey, Reinhart has having another solid season. It sure helps when you play routinely with the likes of the aforementioned Eichel and 29-goal scorer Jeff Skinner.

I’ll go with Reinhart for now. Ask me again at the end of summer.

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TinyTimSilver – @silver–tiny

What should I do with Shayne Gostisbehere? He’s been a major disappointment.

As I illustrated in my Fantasy Thoughts last Sunday, I’ve had just about enough of the Philadelphia Flyers. Don’t hesitate to move on from Gostisbehere.

The Flyers are currently 25th in goals per game (2.71) and 29th on the power play (13.8 per cent). They’re a lost cause and are destined for a lottery pick.

The 25-year-old is on pace for 10 goals and 23 assists, a mere 20 point decrease from his 52-point output a season ago.

As disappointing as it is to dump a player of that caliber, you’ve got to do what’s best for your team.

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Is Jonathan Quick worth holding on to in case of a trade?

Don’t hold your breath when it comes to a mid-season Quick trade. If the Kings want to go down that road, that’ll likely come in the off-season.

Fantasy owners have pretty much had it with the Kings. They’re as inconsistent as they come right now.

With that said, I still think Los Angeles is way better than they’ve been showing. That loss to Ottawa on Thursday night was borderline embarrassing. There’s numerous future Hall-of-Famers in that locker room, they’ll figure this out.

Identifying the Kings as a potential spoiler team down the stretch isn’t a bad idea. You can buy-low on probably everyone but Anze Kopitar at the moment.

Despite everything we’ve seen lately, I still like Quick to emerge, once again, in the second half of the season.

Derek Miller – @RealDerekMiller

What advice would you give to a T.J. Oshie owner?

To be honest, I’ve never really loved owning Oshie in fantasy hockey. He’s a solid hockey player but sadly, that doesn’t always translate well to the fantasy world.

After potting 18 goals last season – down from 33 two years ago – Oshie has found his touch again this year. The 32-year-old has 13 goals in 32 games and should have no problem hitting the 20-goal plateau for the fourth time in his career.

If I were you, I’d try to utilize the name brand to your advantage. Dangle Oshie on the trade market and try to grab say a Max Pacioretty. You could also probably package Oshie with another asset to acquire Alex Radulov. Be creative and construct some multi-player offers.

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Adam Schwartz – @ASchwartzPoker

14-team league; $250 auction budget; Salaries increase $5 each year for keepers; Fairly standard scoring categories. Which player is the better asset – Brayden Point ($14) or Nathan MacKinnon ($23)?

Quite the conundrum. Both players are fantasy studs.

For the purpose of this exercise, I’ll go with Point.

It’s hard to overlook that type of dollar value associated with him. Through 44 games this year, he’s already four goals and six points away from career highs. He has a half a season yet to play! As it were, the 22-year-old’s is currently on pace for 52 goals and 60 helpers. He’s ridiculous.

Additionally, it’s extremely difficult to look past the constant exposure to the likes of Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman for the foreseeable future in Tampa. They aren’t going anywhere.

Meantime, when I look at Colorado’s roster, I’m not sure what to think. They’re very top-heavy and are probably one injury away from catastrophe.

It’s not that I don’t believe in MacKinnon because I most certainly do. The Lightning are just an absolute force that can’t be stopped, at least in regular season play.

At the end of the day, both are unbelievable talents with 100-point plus ceilings. You can’t go wrong with your decision.

Point over MacKinnon for me.

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