John Klingberg
John Klingberg
27-Year-Old DefensemanD
Dallas Stars
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A hand injury cost Klingberg six weeks early in the season, but when he was on the ice he was as productive as ever, putting together a scoring pace that would have resulted in 13 goals and 58 points over a full 82 games. The 26-year-old remains a key component in the Dallas offense, but he actually fell just below three minutes of ice time a night with the man advantage, as Miro Heiskanen's emergence gave coach Jim Montgomery another option on the point. Klingberg is still the top offensive threat on the blue line, though, and with the forward ranks getting beefed up with additional star power this offseason, his slick passes could be converted into even more assists this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $29.75 million contract extension with the Stars in April 2015.
Joining Team Sweden
DDallas Stars
May 10, 2019
Klingberg will play for Team Sweden at the IIHF World Championship, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
Klingberg's NHL campaign ended on a sour note when the Stars were eliminated by the Blues in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals Tuesday, but he'll now get the opportunity to help his native Sweden compete for gold at the World Championship. The 26-year-old blueliner's fantasy value declined a bit in 2018-19 due to the emergence of Miro Heiskanen, but he'll remain a solid secondary option in most formats next season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Running the point for an offense as top-heavy as Dallas' can pay some big dividends, and Klingberg cashed in last year to the tune of career high in assists, points and power-play points. The 25-year-old possesses elite vision and passing skills, which he uses to clear his own end effectively as well as provide golden opportunities for the likes of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn to light the lamp. Last year's production may just be scratching the surface of what Klingberg's capable of as well, as despite a career-high 204 shots on goal he failed to score double-digit goals for the first time in three years, and his minuscule 3.9 percent shooting is due for some positive regression.
Although Klingberg wasn't able to match his offensive output from 2015-16, in many ways last year was the young blueliner’s best to date in the NHL. Despite skating big minutes for a team that allowed the second most goals in the league, he kept his plus-minus rating in the black, and his defensive play continues to improve as reflected in his career-best 117 blocked shots. Heading into his fourth season, Klingberg will be joined on the Stars’ top pairing by stay-at-home veteran Marc Methot, which should free him up to jump into the rush more often just as Methot’s former partner Erik Karlsson did. Expecting Karlsson-like numbers from Klingberg might be asking too much, but with the team adding offensive talent up front in the offseason as well, Klingberg could threaten the 60-point mark once again.
After busting into the NHL as an offensive juggernaut from the back end in his rookie year, Klingberg’s used his first full season to cement his status as one of the league’s elite blueliners with a 58-point campaign, good for fifth at his position. But even though he’s a power-play force, having racked up 22 points in those situations, Klingberg’s anything but a liability on his own end, as he posted a matching plus-22 rating. Considering the Stars were below average in both defense and goaltending, that accomplishment highlights just how impressive the Swede’s two-way game is – and just how great life can be when you get to feed the puck to superstars Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. With six years left on the contract extension he signed in April of 2015, he’ll be providing Dallas (and fantasy owners) with great value from the blue line into the next decade.
Precious few rookie defensemen in the last couple decades -- and especially those without much of a draft pedigree -- have exploded onto the scene with a force approaching that of Klingberg's arrival in the NHL last season. After only 13 career games at the AHL level, the Swedish defenseman came up to Dallas and dominated almost from the word go, quickly growing into a clutch performer and an integral weapon on the Stars' power play. That's the role he'll occupy this year, and with a full 82-game slate, he should be able to improve on last seasons's numbers. While it'll be tough for him to maintain that very high 11.2 shooting percentage, Klingberg can reasonably be expected to increase the number of pucks he launches on goal this season, giving him a legitimate shot at double-digit markers again.
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May 3, 2019
Klingberg picked up an assist while firing two shots on goal in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blues in Game 5.
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Tallies in Game 4 win
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May 1, 2019
Klingberg scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Blues in Game 4.
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April 25, 2019
Klingberg registered an assist and four blocked shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Blues in Game 1.
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Seals series with OT tally
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April 22, 2019
Klingberg scored a goal on three shots in Monday's 2-1 overtime win over the Predators in Game 6.
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Monster performance
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April 17, 2019
Klingberg was a force Wednesday, finishing with three assists in a 5-1 win over Nashville in Game 4.
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