26-Year-Old Defenseman – Tampa Bay Lightning
Andrej Sustr Contract Information:
Re-signed with the Lightning on a two-year (one-way), $2.9 million contract in June 2015.
Sustr picked up a goal and an assist in Thursday's 5-3 win over Detroit.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
While it seems every player over 6-foot-7 gets labelled as the next Zdeno Chara, Sustr is a 6-foot-8 behemoth who relies more on smarts than snarl. He averaged more than 15 minutes a night in 43 games with the Bolts last season, only contributing a meager 8 points. He came close to blocking one shot a game, but he only laid a hit every second night. He might someday peak at 25-30 points, but his fantasy value will be sorely limited if he doesn't amp up some toughness.
Sustr is an absolute monster -- 6-8 and almost 230 -- who was signed by the Bolts last year as an college free agent. His tools are still a bit raw, but he's wonderfully aggressive. So, of course, the Lightning see shades of Zdeno Chara in his game. That comp is a bit much, but it's one that every gigantic NHL defender gets. He had a two-game stint with the Bolts at the end of the season and logged more than 20 minutes a game. He needs a year of maturation in the minors, but will be on speed dial in the event of injury. In his prime, he'll probably be a consistent 25-30 point, 150 PIM guy. And that means he'll be fantasy relevant in leagues that count sin bin points.