27-Year-Old Defenseman – Toronto Maple Leafs
Carl Gunnarsson Contract Information:
Signed a three-year contract with the Leafs worth $9.45 million in July of 2013.
Gunnarsson is playing alongside Dion Phaneuf again this season and brings stability to the Leafs' top pairing. He has four shots, four hits and four penalty minutes in the first four games of the season.
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Age is determined on October 1st of each season.
|Dec 7||at OTT||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||1||23:52||0:00|
|Nov 30||at MON||0||0||0||-1||2||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||0||19:54||2:32|
|Nov 29||at BUF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||0||3||19:27||0:02|
|Nov 27||at PIT||0||0||0||1||2||0||0||0||0||0.0||2||1||24:44||1:07|
|Nov 15||at BUF||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||2||1||18:07||2:00|
|Nov 13||at MIN||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||1||3||23:22||0:00|
|Nov 9||at BOS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||3||2||20:39||1:35|
|Nov 2||at VAN||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||1||1||18:09||0:00|
|Oct 30||at CGY||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||1||4||20:41||0:00|
|Oct 29||at EDM||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||0||2||18:59||0:00|
|Oct 25||at CLS||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||1||1||16:23||0:00|
|Oct 19||at CHI||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||4||16:31||0:09|
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|Oct 10||at NSH||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||2||2||21:23||0:18|
|Oct 2||at PHI||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||1||5||25:12||0:00|
|Oct 1||at MON||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||1||2||18:35||0:00|
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Gunnarsson is Mr. Steady on the Leafs' blue line. He's a safe, mistake-free defender who is a fluid skater with good mobility in all directions. He has a solid outlet pass and has shown an ability to join the rush, as well. But, on the Leafs, Gunnarsson won't see power-play time, limiting his fantasy value. He'll have a good plus-minus, though, to go along with 20-25 points. Does that fit your format?
Gunnarsson is a guy you don't really notice for long stretches ... but that's a good thing. He plays a solid, somewhat conservative game so he doesn't get caught out of position defensively. He skates well, has a good outlet pass and the good judgement to know when he should and should not join the rush. He'd be a solid 3/4 defender on another team, but the Leafs are deep on the back end. He should scoot ahead of the lead-footed Mike Komisarek to secure a spot on the bottom pairing and will likely see time on the second power-play unit. He may be a 40-point defender some day but that day won't come this season. Expect a decent increase on last season but anything above 30 points will be pure gravy.
Gunnarsson is the epitome of a sleeper. By the end of last March, he had quietly risen in ice time and responsibility and in fact, was seeing more ice than offensive teammate Tomas Kaberle. Gunnar can hold his own in all situations and plays an intelligent game, and he has the respect of coach Ron Wilson. Expect a significant output, perhaps in the 30-35 point range, for this emerging defender. Keeper leaguers should get on board early.
Gunnar is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound blueliner who performed admirably for his country (Sweden) at the recent World Championships. His future is a long way off and it may be nothing more than as a depth defender; don't bother with him right now.