Cam Atkinson
Cam Atkinson
30-Year-Old Right WingRW
Columbus Blue Jackets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 30-year-old joined the ranks of the elite snipers last year, potting a career-high 41 goals that tied him for sixth in the NHL while scoring a career-high 69 points as well. Atkinson's instincts for finding open ice and the quick trigger on his shot have allowed him to thrive despite a lack of size, but he'll be hard-pressed to match last year's production, and even a 30-goal campaign might be asking a lot following the departure of Artemi Panarin. Atkinson and Pierre-Luc Dubois still have good chemistry, but unless the young center takes a huge step forward, the Blue Jackets will lack an elite, dynamic offense weapon who can draw defensive attention and create space for players like Atkinson. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $40.25 million contract extension with the Blue Jackets in November of 2017.
Continues to tickle twine
RWColumbus Blue Jackets
January 18, 2020
Atkinson had two goals and an assist in Saturday's 5-0 victory over New Jersey.
ANALYSIS
Atkinson already has three goals and two assists in two games since returning from the IR after missing 12 games with an ankle sprain. Remarkably, he has seven goals in the past eight games he's played. Get him back in your lineup as soon as you can. Atkinson is hot.
Read More News
NHL Stats
Loading Skater Stats...
2019
2018
2017
2016
2019 NHL Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Skater Game Log...
2018 NHL Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Skater Game Log...
2017 NHL Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Skater Game Log...
2016 NHL Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Skater Game Log...
2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:54
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:19
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:44
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
18:54
2:45
1:25
2018–19
19:23
2:41
1:20
2019–20
17:54
2:19
1:44
Blue Jackets Depth Chart
Our full team depth charts are reserved for RotoWire subscribers.
Subscribe Now
Blue Jackets Power Play Depth Chart
Our full team depth charts are reserved for RotoWire subscribers.
Subscribe Now
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Cam Atkinson
DraftKings NHL: Sunday Picks
Yesterday
Jordan Mazzara analyzes the Sunday DraftKings NHL slate as the Evgeni Malkin leads a Pittsburgh forward line that makes for a strong stack.
FanDuel NHL: Thursday Targets
3 days ago
Jordan Mazzara recommends checking out a Lightning stack on the road in Minnesota on Thursday.
NHL Barometer: Risers & Fallers
26 days ago
Jan Levine analyzes who's hot and who's not in hockey, as Tyler Seguin is heating up after a slow start in Dallas.
Yahoo DFS Hockey: Thursday Picks
31 days ago
Chris Morgan kicks off his Thursday recommendations with Lightning netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy against Dallas.
Yahoo DFS Hockey: Monday Picks
34 days ago
Chris Morgan likes Capitals netminder Braden Holtby on Monday against Columbus.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
After signing a big contract extension in November, Atkinson had a sluggish beginning to his 2017-18 season as he battled through lower-body injuries, including a broken foot that cost him 11 games. He was one of Columbus' best players down the stretch, though, scoring 14 goals and 25 points in his final 20 games. The end result was his fifth straight campaign with at least 20 goals, 40 points and 200 shots -- an impressive run for the undersized winger. His offensive instincts remain outstanding, and his ability to find open space on the ice complements the quick trigger on his shot, making him a power-play stalwart for the Jackets. If he can stay healthy, the 29-year-old should be able to take a run at 30 goals and 60 points again.
The undersized sniper enjoyed a career year in 2016-17, seeing his goal total and average ice time improve for a third straight season. Much of Atkinson’s improvement came with the man advantage -- he more than doubled his power-play scoring from the previous campaign as he worked the half-boards to great effect in the Blue Jackets’ 1-3-1 system. His 35 goals and 62 points probably represent his ceiling, however, and with Artemi Panarin joining the club, Atkinson could find himself squeezed off the first power-play unit. He still possesses a knack for finding open space and a quick trigger on his shot, but a return to his 2015-16 level of production wouldn't be a surprise.
Atkinson put together the best season of his career in 2015-2016, tying for the team lead in points with 53 while recording his third straight 20-plus-goal campaign. While the 27-year-old doesn't have the skill set or size to be an elite sniper, he's been amazing consistent since becoming a full-time player for the Jackets, carving out a regular spot in their top six and on the power play. As the club's next wave of prospects breaks into the NHL, he could slip down the depth chart or get dealt, but at least for next season, he appears to be secure in his role.
After consecutive 40-point seasons, Atkinson has proven himself to be a reliable NHL winger, but it's questionable whether he'll reach the star-quality upside he flashed at Boston College and in the AHL. He's undersized at 5-foot-8, but Atkinson is strong for his size and hard on the puck, reminiscent in a way of a lower-end version of the Rangers' Mats Zuccarello. He's entering his age-26 season, so the time to make a big leap forward offensively is now, but it's concerning that Atkinson merely replicated the prior season's production despite seeing a significant increase in average ice time. Still, if Atkinson's mates on the Jackets' second line, Boone Jenner and Brandon Dubinsky, can stay healthy, they've got a chance to provide the sort of fearsome scoring depth that can propel Columbus back into the playoffs.
Atkinson finally put things together last season, scoring 21 goals and 40 points in 79 games while filling a variety of roles on the wing for the Blue Jackets. The addition of Scott Hartnell could make it tough for Atkinson to see top-six ice time this season though, and while a third-line placement on an improving roster isn't the worst fate for a young winger, it will limit his fantasy ceiling. Don't expect him to take things to another level unless injuries ahead of him open up some prime minutes for him.
The undersized sparkplug Atkinson battled ankle injuries most of the season and managed just nine goals and 18 points in 35 NHL games, although his surprising plus-9 rating led all Blue Jackets forwards and his AHL production (17 goals and 38 points in 33 games) was outstanding. When he's healthy he's capable of supplying some big goals, but the late-season addition of Marian Gaborik and the Nathan Horton signing make things very crowded on the wings in Columbus and Atkinson could find it tough to keep hold of a top-six placement. If he does stay on a scoring line though, don't underestimate his fantasy potential.
The young winger had a mostly successful first full season in the pros, lighting the lamp 29 times in 51 AHL games while posting a more modest but still solid 7-7-14 line in 27 games with Columbus. He came on towards the end of the season, scoring 10 of his points in the final six games, including an eye-popping five goals in the final two; he will be given a long look as a potential top-six forward on a Rick Nash-less Blue Jackets' roster that is starving for snipers. He still has yet to prove that he can make a consistent impact in the NHL given his tiny stature, but if he can find space on the ice, Atkinson has the skill to break through to the 20-goal level as a sophomore.
Even in the modern NHL, players with Atkinson's small stature have trouble making an impact. Still, this particular waterbug is coming off consecutive 30-goal seasons to finish his career at Boston College and a point-a-game pace in his first, brief exposure to the pros at the AHL level. He heads into camp with a real shot at winning a third or fourth line role for the Blue Jackets, but even if he breaks camp with Columbus don't expect a fantasy-worthy output.
More Fantasy News
Removed from IR
RWColumbus Blue Jackets
January 15, 2020
Atkinson (ankle) was activated off injured reserve Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Still not ready
RWColumbus Blue Jackets
Ankle
January 11, 2020
Atkinson (ankle) will not suit up for Saturday's tilt in Vegas, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Still recovering
RWColumbus Blue Jackets
Ankle
January 9, 2020
Atkinson (ankle) remains on the shelf heading into Thursday's matchup with San Jose, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Not ready Tuesday
RWColumbus Blue Jackets
Ankle
January 7, 2020
Atkinson (ankle) wasn't activated from IR and won't play in Tuesday's game versus the Ducks, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Back in action
RWColumbus Blue Jackets
January 7, 2020
Atkinson (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against Anaheim, NHL.com's Dan Arritt reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.