25-Year-Old Defenseman – Vancouver Canucks
Luca Sbisa Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, $10.8 million extension with the Canucks in April 2015.
Sbisa injured two fingers on his left hand during a fight Wednesday, but he will play Saturday against Blackhawks, Ben Kuzma of TSN 1040 reports.
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Sbisa was traded alongside Nick Bonino to the Canucks in exchange for Ryan Kesler during the 2014 offseason. He is coming off an injury-riddled season where he managed only six points (one goal) in 30 games. At 24 years of age, Sbisa is only three years removed from his breakout five-goal, 24-point season. He still possesses upside and will likely slot in as Vancouverís fifth or sixth defenseman. Donít expect big numbers. But if the former-Duck stays healthy, he could post 15-20 points in his first season in Vancouver.
Sbisa isn't sexy and he's really not overly productive, at least from a fantasy perspective. His one goal and seven assists during his 41 games in the 2012-2013 regular season certainly didn't catch the eye of many fantasy leaguers, but he was super-valuable on a blue-collar blue line from an on-ice perspective. He's like a lot of other lunch-bucket types -- you want him on your team if you're a Ducks' fan, but you'd steer clear of him on your fantasy squad.
Slow and steady wins the race and that's Sbisa -- his career arc will increase at a slow and gentle pace. He has the right tools -- size, mobility, smarts. But his focus so far has been on his shutdown skills, so don't draft him thinking he'll deliver a 40-point season. That will come, but for now, you should count on 25-30 points and a 200/100 split on hits and blocked shots. He will get second-unit power-play time, so he will have sneaky value this season. But his best contributions -- at least for fantasy -- lie in the future.
Sbisa scored twice and added 11 assists in 68 games last season. The former first-round pick got his first major dose of playing time at the NHL level and did not quite make the impact fantasy owners were longing for. At only 21, Sbisa is best reserved for keeper leagues at the moment. With above average skating ability and passing touch, Sbisa could be a year or two away from making the jump into fantasy relevance.
In 2009-10 Sbisa was sent back to juniors after eight games and appeared in 46 games with Lethbridge and Portland. He scored 31 points (5G 26A) and had an even plus/minus rating. He wants to stay on the Ducks roster for 2010-11, but with Cam Fowler, Brett Festerling, and Brendan Mikkelson, competition will be fierce for that last spot.
Sbisa began last season in the NHL before being sent back to the WHL, but with Scott Niedermayer likely returning to the team, Sbisa may head back for one more season of junior hockey. Even if he starts next season in Anaheim, he isn't likely to have any fantasy value for at least another season. Sbisa will be competing with Sheldon Brookbank, Brett Festerling and Brendan Mikkelson for the fifth and sixth spots. The one thing he has going for him is that he is a left-handed shot, something the Ducks lack.