32-Year-Old Defenseman – Free Agent
Mike Lundin Contract Information:
Signed with Ottawa for one year and $1.15 million in July 2012.
Lundin will not play Saturday against Toronto, according to the Otawa Sun.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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Brought in as a free agent during the offseason, Lundin will be looked on to play as Ottawa's 6th or 7th defenseman for the 2012-13 season. Strictly a depth signing, Lundin is coming off a sports hernia injury which limited him to only 17 games for the Minnesota Wild in 2011-12. He'll likely be battling with rookie defenseman Mark Borowiecki for a shot at being Chris Phillips' partner on Ottawa's third defensive pairing. Lundin is a good skater who relies on his positional play to defend against opposing forwards. He's not considered an offensive defenseman and has little value even in deeper leagues.
Lundin, who played sparingly the past four seasons with Tampa Bay, is headed back to his homestate of Minnesota after signing a one-year deal with the Wild in July of 2011. He's sure to bring energy on the blue line, but his 33 points (4 G, 29 A) in 224 games makes him negligible in just about any fantasy league.
Lundin is the quiet, unassuming type who simply goes about his job without complaint. He's mobile and has decent size, and he understands how to angle guys out of scoring lanes with ease. What he lacks, though, is anything close to an offensive game. And given his lack of physicality, he's the kind of guy destined to forever struggle as a bottom-pairing defender. Those guys are a dime a dozen. There's little fantasy value here.
He's a big, steady, stay-at-home defender with a polite streak. He won't get you points or penalty minutes, and there's nothing much else in fantasy. Avoid.
Lundin made the NHL YoungStars Game for the annual All-Star Weekend last season and should only continue to get steadier and steadier as the years pass. Unfortunately, steady and fantasy success do not go hand-in-hand. He won't ever have fantasy value.
Lundin has offensive upside but struggled in 2005-06. He'll finish college career and then turn pro, which means he's a long way off.