Isn't it frustrating when your top draft picks get off to sluggish starts, pulling your team down into the second division before the holidays arrive? Slumps are simply an annual thing in sports, and as we near the quarter point of the season, it's prime time to start swooping in to trade for some of those slow starters whose owners are getting fed up with them. Such trade strategies, targeting players while their value is seemingly down, is called "buy-low" trading, and here are 10 players I'd go get now while the prices could be cheap:
Daniel Alfredsson, F, Senators: Two things seem to be pulling down Alfredsson's play, the lack of a quality complement on the second line at even strength, and the team's struggles on the power play, which many people say is due to the lack of a quality option at the point. And if you look at who Ottawa let go in the offseason, former Alfredsson line mate Martin Havlat and power-play point man Zdeno Chara, Alfredsson's early-season swoon makes some sense. That's why Ottawa has been rumored to be in the market for a scoring forward and continues to tinker with its lines, using Alfredsson on the first line and as the power-play point man more of late. The Senators should get him straightened out before long, and while he's probably not a 103-point man, 90 are within his reach.
Ryan Getzlaf, F, Ducks: He hasn't gotten off to a slow start, but if you've watched the Ducks so far this season, it's clear this is going to easily be a top-10 team both on the power play and on the overall goals leaderboard. Getzlaf might have been lost in the shuffle with defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger seemingly carrying the team, but make no mistake, he's going to be every bit as important to this team as any of its current forwards. In other words, while Getzlaf's on pace for 30-plus goals and 60-plus points, I'd say there's a good chance he continues to develop throughout the winter and winds up a serious threat for 30 goals, 85 points and 40 points on the power play.