Markus Nutivaara
Markus Nutivaara
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
Columbus Blue Jackets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Nutivaara solidified his spot on the Columbus blue line last season, playing in a career-high 80 games and proving to be more than just a smooth skater and slick passer. The 25-year-old's offensive potential remains a little unclear, as there aren't many opportunities working behind Zach Werenski and Seth Jones, but Nutivaara has flashed good instincts when it comes to knowing when to join the rush, and when to hang back. A rib injury cost him most of the club's postseason run, but he's expected to be 100 percent by training camp. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $10.8 million contract extension in March 2018.
Practicing Monday
DColumbus Blue Jackets
September 17, 2019
Nutivaara missed Sunday's scrimmages due to an illness but was back on the ice Monday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
The defenseman missed the end of the Jackets' playoff run last year with a rib injury, but he was healthy for the beginning of training camp until picking up a bug this weekend. Nutivaara scored five goals and 21 points in 80 games last season for Columbus and should slot in on one of the club's bottom two pairings again in 2019-20.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:41
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:10
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:10
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
13:13
0:10
0:02
2017–18
16:02
0:33
0:03
2018–19
17:41
0:10
0:10
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Nutivaara had a solid second NHL campaign last year despite a February upper-body injury that cost him 11 games, providing some effective secondary scoring behind the dynamic duo of Seth Jones and Zach Werenski. The 24-year-old doesn't have the upside of either of those two young studs, but he's a smooth skater and passer who plays a heady two-way game, making him a comfortable fit on a second or third pairing. Jack Johnson's exit could push Nutivaara into more ice time and a spot on the second power-play unit, but last season's production likely isn't too far from his fantasy ceiling.
A surprise addition to the roster out of training camp, Nutivaara didn't make any waves as an offensive threat but helped stabilize the Blue Jackets’ bottom defensive pairing, showing good mobility and passing skills as well as a calm demeanor on the puck. A seventh round pick in 2015, the 23-year-old is an inspiring story, but he lacks upside or an edge to his game, and as more physical young defensemen in the system begin to push for spots, Nutivaara may find himself in the press box more often.
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Dealing with a muscle tear
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Ribs
May 6, 2019
Nutivaara is dealing with a muscle tear in his rib area and has been given a four-week prognosis according to GM Jarmo Kekalainen, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
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Still hampered by injury
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Upper Body
May 2, 2019
Nutivaara is still dealing with an upper-body injury and isn't expected to be available for Thursday's Game 4 against Boston, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
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Still sidelined
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Upper Body
April 27, 2019
Nutivaara (upper body) won't be in the lineup for Saturday's Game 2 against the Bruins, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
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Unavailable for Game 1
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Upper Body
April 25, 2019
Nutivaara (upper body) will not play against the Bruins on Thursday for Game 1 of the conference semifinals, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
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Traveling with team
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Upper Body
April 24, 2019
Nutivaara (upper body) joined the team for its trip to Boston for Games 1 and 2, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
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