26-Year-Old Defenseman – Tampa Bay Lightning
Andrej Sustr Contract Information:
Re-signed with the Lighting on a one-year, $1.95 million contract in June of 2017.
Sustr will be a healthy scratch for Monday's game against Detroit.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Sustr's game grew in gangly steps in 2015-16 – he almost doubled his point production, but got exposed a bit more by speedy forwards while in his own zone. He's going to suit up for Team Czech Republic at the World Cup of Hockey in September and that should help grow his confidence. Back on the ice in Tampa, Sustr will see 16-18 minutes of protected ice time in 2016-17 and will be counted on more for blocked shots than point production. Some day, Sustr could hit the 30-35 point plateau if he's deployed as a rocket on the power play. But for now, he's a 20-to-25 point man who won't help you on the power-play or in the sin bin.
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.