113-Year-Old Defenseman – Pittsburgh Penguins
Deryk Engelland Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, $1.7 million extension in January of 2011.
Engelland scored his second goal in nine games while playing as a fourth-line forward Saturday night.
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Deryk Engelland: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Engelland's game matured in 2011-12, much to the chagrin of fantasy owners who picked him for his pugulistic abilities. The heavyweight fighter took on greater responsibity in the defensive end and compiled 56 PIMs after totaling 123 PIMs the season before. Engelland beat out Ben Lovejoy for consistent playing time, registering 174 hits and 77 blocks shots in the process. He scored 17 points (4G, 13A) in 73 games, numbers that seem about right for the blueliner once again in 2012-13. If the team promotes some of its young defensive prospects, then Engelland could lose his regular minutes and revert into more of a fighter. If that happens, then his fantasy value goes up in leagues that reward penalty minutes.
A one-punch knockout of NHL heavyweight, Colton Orr, on Oct. 13 put Engelland on the map in 2010-11. He doesn't play a very strong defensive game and it's rare for him to pick up points (10 in 63 contests last year), but he provides the Pens with needed muscle. Engelland earned 10 fighting majors in 31 contests through the end of December, but fought just one time in the final 20 regular-season games. The fact that he didn't suit up for any of Pittsburgh's postseason contests shows exactly why he's on the roster. Perhaps with seasoning he can mature into a better rounded blueliner, but right now his forte is fighting (123 PIM) and hitting (122 hits). From a fantasy perspective, the fact that he takes up a roster spot on defense rather than as a forward -- something that's fairly unusual among fighters -- affords fantasy owners to pick strong offensive forwards rather than wasting a prime spot on a pugilist.
Engelland is one of the more polished defensive minor leaguers. He's got a nasty streak, but offers little other than penalty minutes to poolies. He'll battle for the team's seventh defenseman role out of camp, but more than likely he'll end up back at Wilkes-Barre. A reinforced defensive unit makes it less likely Engelland, already 28, finds himself in Pittsburgh for more than a few games at a time.