There were plenty of big names in play on the days leading up to, and day of the NHL’s 2014 trade deadline. Players such as Ryan Miller, Roberto Luongo, Matt Moulson, Marian Gaborik, and Thomas Vanek all have new places to call home. But let’s face it, these guys are all owned by everyone and besides, they’re all good enough that their stock won’t change too much no matter where they play. The player who will see the biggest rise in numbers from this years unofficial Canadian holiday, is winger Ales Hemsky.
While oft maligned, and equally often found on the injured reserve, Hemsky is surprisingly 8th on the all time Oilers scoring list with 477 points in 652 games in Edmonton. He is now in the final year of a two year, $10 million deal and had run out of time with the once again struggling Oilers. Which made him an attractive option for the also struggling Ottawa Senators to fill a void for them on the top line with center Jason Spezza.
Hemsky found his spot in the lineup being continually pushed down due to younger more dynamic players in Edmonton. Although when healthy he has been roughly a 0.5 point per game player, scoring over twenty goals twice. Yet with a move to Ottawa he will see a big boost in playing time and will also have arguably the best center he’s ever had in Spezza, with five-time 20 goal scorer Milan Michalek expected to round out the threesome. Hemsky is still just 29 and has the chance to salvage his career.
With highly skilled linemates, an increase in ice time (both ES and PP) Hemsky is a must own for the rest of the season. Considering he’s currently owned in just 7% of Yahoo! leagues, there’s a good chance you can find him in yours.
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