Dean Kukan
Dean Kukan
26-Year-Old DefensemanD
Columbus Blue Jackets
DL
Injury Knee
Est. Return 1/22/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kukan suited up for a career-high 25 games in the regular season last year before playing in all 10 of the Blue Jackets' playoff games, as injuries tested the depth of the team's blue line. While he doesn't offer much offense, the 26-year-old plays a smooth, confident game in his own zone thanks to plenty of experience overseas and in the AHL, using his size and passing skills effectively. A depth role seems the best he can hope for in Columbus, however. More highly touted prospects like Vladislav Gavrikov are banging on the door, and the club's top five defensemen are set in stone barring another rash of injuries. Kukan's contract should keep him on the roster, but not necessarily out of the press box. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, one-way contract extension with the Blue Jackets in March of 2018.
Out indefinitely
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Knee
January 3, 2020
Kukan suffered a medial meniscus tear and articular cartilage injury during Thursday's game against Boston and is considered out indefinitely.
ANALYSIS
With Kukan set to miss extended time, Gabriel Carlsson should get an opportunity to hold onto a regular spot in the lineup, at least until Markus Nutivaara (upper body) is cleared to return. The 26-year-old's absence won't impact any fantasy owners, as he's only picked up five points while posting a minus-9 rating in 33 games this campaign, but it will undoubtedly test Columbus' blue-line depth. He'll be placed on injured reserve until he's ready to rejoin the lineup.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:58
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:53
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
0:00
0:00
0:00
2017–18
12:22
0:05
0:14
2018–19
13:28
0:01
0:01
2019–20
15:58
0:53
0:00
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Although Kukan only played in 11 games last season, he made enough of an impression on the Blue Jackets that they locked him up with a one-way, two-year deal in March -- all but assuring him a spot on the NHL roster. He's shown a little offensive acumen in the AHL, but his role with the big club will likely be that of a stay-at-home defender who uses his passing skills and sharp hockey IQ to clear the defensive zone with a minimum of fuss. Jack Johnson's departure does open up some minutes on the blue line, but the 25-year-old Kukan will have to fight off challenges from players with bigger prospect pedigrees such as Gabriel Carlsson to win a regular shift.
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Pots first career goal
DColumbus Blue Jackets
December 3, 2019
Kukan scored a power-play goal in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
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Not much going on
DColumbus Blue Jackets
November 3, 2019
Kukan blocked two shots in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Flames.
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Stuck in press box
DColumbus Blue Jackets
October 13, 2019
Kukan was inactive for Saturday's win over the Hurricanes.
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Collects first points of campaign
DColumbus Blue Jackets
February 6, 2019
Kukan notched two even-strength assists in Tuesday's 6-3 win over Colorado.
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Stuck as depth piece
DColumbus Blue Jackets
January 24, 2019
Kukan heads into the All-Star break with zero points and a minus-1 rating in nine games on the season.
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