39-Year-Old Defenseman – Philadelphia Flyers
Andreas Lilja Contract Information:
In April of 2013, Lilja signed a two-year contract with a Swedish team that will not start until after the 2012-13 season.
Lilja made his first appearance since being recalled Tuesday night, doling out four hits and blocking two shots in 19:14 during a win over Boston. He also saw time on the penalty-kill unit.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
At 37 years of age and in his 11th pro season, Lilja is not going to be much of an asset to fantasy owners, as he is stay-at-home defender relied upon to shut down the opposition. He also won't be much of an asset to the Flyers until mid-season, as Lilja underwent hip surgery in early August and is slated to miss at least four months. He managed to post six points in 46 games with the Flyers in a 2011-12 season that saw him miss 10 games with a lower-body injury. Draft accordingly, just don't expect much offense from the veteran.
Lilja won't provide much in fantasy leagues, but he'll bring a tough veteran presence to a Flyers team that values that type of player. The 12th-year man has just four career points on the power play and just one positive plus-minus rating in the last four years. He's safe to ignore in 2011-12.
Lilja will have to start the year on long-term IR due to the lingering effects of a concussion stemming from a fight with Shea Weber in February. If he's able to get back into the mix, Lilja is a physical presence on the Detroit blue line in the team's third pairing, while he'll also be used to kill penalties. Valuable skills on the ice? Absolutely. Valuable asset for fantasy owners? Not quite.
Lilja will provide a big, physical presence on the Wings' third blue-liner pairing this season. He won't do enough at the offensive end to merit fantasy consideration, but look for the Pain Train to provide a healthy supply of big hits again this season.
He'll keep the puck out of the Detroit net, thank you, but he's probably the most limited of the Red Wing defensemen when it comes to the other end of the rink. You need to do better.
Lilja is a blue-collar type who's simply asked to focus on defense, so there's not a lot of fantasy value here. He's got a career-best 18 points last season, along with a plus-18 rating - perhaps he can match that, but there's no upside, no level to climb to.
He can keep the puck out of the net, but the offensive upside here isn't more than 10-12 points. Lilja can get you plus-minus now that he's in Detroit, but he's got nothing else for you. In 180 NHL games he's tallied just 27 points.