Erik Gustafsson
Erik Gustafsson
27-Year-Old DefensemanD
Calgary Flames
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gustafsson exploded last season, setting career highs in goals (17), assists (43), shots on goal (160) and power-play points (18) while averaging 22:35 of ice time in 79 appearances. The 27-year-old Swede was unable to gain the trust of former coach Joel Quenneville during his first three seasons in Chicago, appearing in just 76 NHL contests over that span, but rookie head coach Jeremy Colliton was far more willing to forgive Gustafsson's defensive lapses last year in order to utilize his strengths (quarterbacking the power play and joining the attack on the rush. That leap of faith paid dividends, and allowed Gustafsson to emerge as one of the NHL's top offensive-minded blueliners. The 2012 fourth-round pick finished sixth among all defensemen in scoring last campaign, and there's no reason to believe he won't be able to put up similar numbers in 2019-20. The fact that Gustafsson's set to become an unrestricted free agent ahead of the 2020-21 season is a bit of a concern from a fantasy standpoint, as the Blackhawks may be tempted to move him at the trade deadline if they're not in a playoff position, but fantasy owners shouldn't let that hypothetical deter them from snagging the left-handed rearguard as a high-end No.2 option during this year's drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract extension with the Blackhawks in March 2018.
Notches power-play helper
DCalgary Flames
February 25, 2020
Gustafsson posted a power-play assist and two hits in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Bruins.
ANALYSIS
Gustafsson made a supporting impact in his Flames debut, drawing the secondary helper on Sean Monahan's tally at 14:37 of the second period. The Swedish defenseman has 27 points (nine with the man advantage) through 60 appearances. He's likely to man the point on the first power-play unit for the Flames -- he's still likely just a depth option for most fantasy owners.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    20:08
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:24
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
  • Average Time On Ice:
    20:40
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:49
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:12
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
18:33
1:25
0:02
2018–19
22:35
3:02
0:07
2019–20
20:08
1:24
0:00
2019–20
20:40
2:49
0:12
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Gustafsson only appeared in 35 games with the Blackhawks last season, but he was pretty productive over that span, picking up five goals and 16 points while averaging 18:33 of ice time per contest. The 2012 fourth-round pick appears poised to slot into a middle-pairing role this campaign, and if he's given opportunities to contribute on the power play, he could realistically eclipse the 40-point mark, making him a fine depth addition to most fantasy rosters.
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Acquired by Calgary
DCalgary Flames
February 24, 2020
Chicago traded Gustafsson to the Flames on Monday for a 2020 third-round pick, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
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On trading block
DChicago Blackhawks
Not Injury Related
February 22, 2020
Gustafsson (not injury related) won't make the trip to Dallas for Sunday's game against the Stars, which all but guarantees he'll be moved prior to Monday's trade deadline, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Not playing Friday
DChicago Blackhawks
Not Injury Related
February 21, 2020
Gustafsson was not on the ice for warmups prior to Friday's game against the Predators, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
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Posts 20th assist
DChicago Blackhawks
February 15, 2020
Gustafsson produced an assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 8-4 loss to the Flames.
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Offers helper
DChicago Blackhawks
February 4, 2020
Gustafsson recorded an assist and two hits in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Wild.
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