32-Year-Old Defenseman – Anaheim Ducks
Garnet Exelby Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Bruins in July 2012.
Exelby agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Bruins on Wednesday, CSN New England reports.
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Exelby, 31, has played 408 career NHL games but hasn't appeared at that level since playing for Toronto in the 2009-10 season. He was brought in by the Bís to provide veteran blue line depth, but heís a longshot to achieve any fantasy worth, with PIMs being the only category heíd be any help in if he does see some action with the big club.
Exelby may be a Brian Burke type of bruiser. But fantasy owners shouldn't get overexcited. Exelby will battle for one of the bottom two spots on a very crowded blue line after being a healthy scratch a lot of nights in Atlanta. Avoid.
Exelby is very a steady, if unspectacular defenseman. He is good at staying out of the box (only 58 PIM's last season). With veterns Andy Sutton and Greg de Vries leaving a lot of the defensive load is going to fall to Exelby. His fantasy impact will lie more in his effect on goalie Kari Lehtonen's numbers rather than his own offensive skills. Although he had career highs in points (10) and goals (two) he has almost zero offensive potential.
Led the Thrashers with a plus eleven and has potential for 100 PIMís but thatís where his fantasy value ends. Heís gotten one goal and ten points in both of his last two seasons. His bigger fantasy impact will be in providing some solid defense in front of potential super star Kari Lehtonen.
Exelby is only 24 years old and is one of the up-and-comers on the Thrashers blue line. His big benefit to Atlanta is his toughness as evidenced by his penalty minutes -- last season he was second on the team with 134. He may never be an offensive defenseman but his production could double from last yearís 10 points as he receives more playing time.