30-Year-Old Right Wing – Anaheim Ducks
Ryan Garbutt Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, $5.4 million contract extension with the Stars in January of 2014. Traded to the Blackhawks in July 2015.
Garbutt was acquired from the Blackhawks on Thursday.
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Garbutt is emerging from a breakout season. He'll be 29 when the season starts and has only played in three NHL seasons, but he went from having five goals in his career to netting 17 goals and 15 assists with 106 penalty minutes last season. Those are great numbers for a depth fantasy player. It was just one season though -- breakout or not -- so be wary of where you're taking him in the draft. He's not a proven commodity and with Dallas' acquisition of Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky, he's limited with how far he's going to climb up the depth chart. Garbutt figures to roll as a third-line winger right on a strong line that likely features Cody Eakin and one of Erik Cole or Antoine Roussel. Garbutt still needs to prove that he's more than a one-season wonder, but he could be a bit of a sleeper pick if things go right.
Garbutt provides the energy typical of a speedy fourth line NHLer, but that's about all he's good for. He'll get tossed over the boards, hit someone in the corner to wake the team up and then return to the bench. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Garbutt managed to play in 20 games for Dallas last year, showing a good forechecking and hitting ability, but racking up just three points (two goals, one assist). He came into the season having played the last three seasons as a minor-league journeyman and doesn’t figure to advance beyond a fourth-line energy role when he's tabbed as an injury fill-in at the NHL level.