25-Year-Old Defenseman – Colorado Avalanche
Patrik Nemeth Contract Information:
Signed a one-year contract with the Stars worth $945,000 in July of 2017.
Nemeth sustained a lower-body injury in Thursday's 4-3 home loss to the Blues, The Denver Post reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
A big, physical blueliner who’s still just 24 years old, Nemeth enters this year in search of his first full NHL season on the ice after he spent more than half of last season as a healthy scratch or on an AHL conditioning stint. Perhaps all that time spent watching from the press box taught the Swede valuable lessons that he’ll use to live up to his billing as a 2010 second-round pick, but if his results in the minors are any indicator, we shouldn’t expect much offensive production. Fantasy owners in leagues that count PIM, hits and blocked shots may find a home for Nemeth, but otherwise, there’s not much intrigue here.
The 22-year-old Swedish defenseman is the dark horse to grab a roster spot on the blue line out of camp. Nemeth was given eight games, including his NHL debut, late last season. He didn't provide any offense in that run, but that's not the kind of game he plays. Nemth's a big, physical, stay-at-home defenseman who could make a serious impact in the NHL. His fantasy value is limited by the style of play he favors and the limited minutes he'll be seeing if he makes the team. Avoid for now, but he may be fun to watch. There's nothing like seeing a fancy-pants forward end up on the seat of his pants at the hand of a big blueliner.
Nemeth is expected to make his North American debut this season after spending the past two years in the Swedish Elite League following his 41st overall selection back in 2010. He contributes little on the offensive end, but projects as a possible top-pair, shutdown type in the NHL.
Nemeth is expected to continue playing in Europe for the 2011-12 season. He has good size (6'3", 212 pounds) so his eventual transition to the North American game should go smoother than most.
Nemeth will spend the next several years in European juniors after being selected in the second round of the 2010 draft.