27-Year-Old Right Wing – Winnipeg Jets
Blake Wheeler Contract Information:
Wheeler signed a six-year extension with the Jets worth $33.6 million in July of 2012.
Wheeler picked up an assist in a 3-2 win over the Islanders on Wednesday.
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|2013-14 Proj||27||WPG||80||Subscribe now to see our 2013-14 projections for Blake Wheeler|
Age is determined on October 1st of each season.
|Dec 7||at TB||1||1||2||1||0||0||0||0||4||25.0||1||1||19:24||2:46|
|Dec 5||at FLA||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||4||0.0||3||1||18:05||0:35|
|Dec 2||at NYR||1||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||7||14.3||0||1||16:53||2:14|
|Nov 29||at PHI||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||3||2||17:21||3:20|
|Nov 27||at NYI||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||0||2||16:53||2:00|
|Nov 25||at NJ||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0.0||1||3||15:38||1:30|
|Nov 17||at MIN||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||8||0.0||2||0||17:47||1:55|
|Nov 12||at DET||0||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||3||0.0||1||0||18:34||2:57|
|Nov 6||at CHI||0||0||0||-3||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||4||0||17:27||1:59|
|Oct 29||at STL||1||0||1||-2||0||1||0||0||3||33.3||0||0||18:40||4:32|
|Oct 27||at COL||1||1||2||2||0||0||0||0||1||100.0||0||1||17:16||5:39|
|Oct 26||at DAL||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||2||0||18:33||2:22|
|Oct 24||at NSH||1||0||1||-1||2||0||0||0||5||20.0||1||0||17:49||3:28|
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|Oct 10||at MIN||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||0||17:31||3:18|
|Oct 1||at EDM||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||0||0||15:23||3:41|
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Winnipeg's leader in points last season with 64, Wheeler will be motivated to outdo himself in 2012-2013, the final year on his current contract. He led the team in assists with 47 and also chipped in a surprising 55 penalty minutes. Having missed only three games in his last seasons, consider "Wheels" among the most reliable sources of assists in most leagues after the premier set-up men have been snagged. He's shown great chemistry with Evander Kane and Bryan Little upon Winnipeg's top line.
Wheeler split last season between the Thrashers and Bruins and scored 18 goals and 26 assists for 44 points. In his three NHL seasons, Wheeler has missed a grand total of two games. He has offensive talent and is just on the verge of entering his prime production years. He'll play on the Jets' top two lines after scoring 17 points in 23 games with the team last year. All signs point to Wheeler topping his career highs, so he'll make a solid fantasy pick once the top guns in the draft have been selected.
Wheeler has combined for 39 goals through his first two NHL seasons since making the leap straight from college, including 18 last season. He's a big body (6-5, 205) who possesses some decent finesse for a player his size, but at times he's been criticized for being a perimeter player. If he can incorporate some more grit and added thump to his game, then Wheeler could see an uptick in production, but for now he's one of the Bruins' secondary offensive threats.
While being a healthy scratch for the B's last three playoff games last season may have may been a short-term hit to his confidence, Wheeler has a nice blend of size and skill and should at least match his rookie numbers (21 goals, 45 points) this coming season, with the potential for more production as he gets used to the lengthy grind of the NHL schedule.
Defenseman Matt Lashoff may be more polished and first-rounder Joe Colborne may have more long-term upside, but there figures to be an opportunity for Wheeler (drafted No. 5 overall in 2004) to contribute as the season rolls along. He has a nice combo of size and good hands, which if harnessed, could turn him into a solid NHL power forward to add to the B's stable of talent up front.
Wheeler is not expected to play with the Coyotes this season. Keeper/Dynasty league owners will have to wait another year (or two) to see this giant forward in the NHL.