Erik Gustafsson
Erik Gustafsson
27-Year-Old DefensemanD
Chicago Blackhawks
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.
Monster effort in OT loss
DChicago Blackhawks
April 1, 2019
Gustafsson registered three assists, six hits, four PIM and a plus-2 rating in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets.
ANALYSIS
Imagine what he could have done in a win. Gustafsson is up to 59 points (17 tallies, 42 helpers) in 76 games, with 98 hits and 110 blocked shots. He hasn't been known for time in the sin bin with only 34 PIM, but he's done enough scoring to have widespread fantasy relevance this year.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:35
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:02
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:07
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
18:33
1:25
0:02
2018–19
22:35
3:02
0:07
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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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Lights lamp Saturday
DChicago Blackhawks
March 30, 2019
Gustafsson netted his 17th goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings.
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Picks pair of apples
DChicago Blackhawks
March 28, 2019
Gustafsson notched two assists, two hits and two blocked shots in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Sharks.
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Lights lamp Monday
DChicago Blackhawks
March 18, 2019
Gustafsson netted a goal on seven shots in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks.
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Tickles twine in loss
DChicago Blackhawks
March 3, 2019
Gustafsson scored his 13th goal of the season in a 5-2 loss to the Sharks on Sunday.
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Four straight multi-point games
DChicago Blackhawks
February 27, 2019
Gustafsson notched another pair of assists, one on the power-play, in a 4-3 win over the Ducks on Wednesday.
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