27-Year-Old Center – Tampa Bay Lightning
Alex Killorn Contract Information:
Re-signed with Lightning to a seven-year contract, with an average of $4.45 million per year in July of 2016.
Killorn was a difference maker Thursday in a 4-1 win over Buffalo, recording a power-play goal on a season-high seven shots to go along with a plus-1 rating and a helper.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Killorn is smart and tremendously versatile, and that will be the bane of his NHL career. He can play any role on pretty much any line, which will serve the Bolts well, but will eliminate most the fantasy value he might otherwise have had. Killorn may never settle into a specific role on a set line – they’ll roll him wherever he’s needed. And both Jonathan Drouin and Vladislav Namestnikov are on the rise, with the former eyeing Killorn’s spot on the second line. Killorn's the hockey equivalent of a super-utility guy in baseball, and that means his value on the ice will far exceed his fantasy potential.
Killorn is smart, skilled and extremely versatile, and it's the latter that could see him drop off a scoring line, particularly if Jonathan Drouin breaks camp with the Bolts. Don't get us wrong -- Killorn has the talent for a top-six gig, but his 200-foot game makes him a serious threat on a checking line. That would give the Bolts a chance to slot Drouin onto the second line. Killorn can bring you 50 points if he wins that top-six gig instead of Drouin, but he'll still score at a point-per-game from the third line and fire a lot of rubber at opposing goalies.
Killorn is the perfect boy next door -- smart, athletic, hard working and talented. He gets that hockey is a 200-foot game even though he could simply fall back on his first-line potential. The Bolts called him up last season on what they thought was a short-term assignment and he performed so well that they couldn't send him back. He's a virtual lock coming out of camp and can hold his own on the third line. But given the vacuum on the Bolts' left flank, Killorn could find himself playing second-line minutes with newcomer center, Valtteri Filppula. That competition is probably between him and AHL sniper, Tyler Johnson (Ryan Malone is the incumbent, but we're counting on some injuries there). It'll all come down to fit for both men, and Killorn could find himself on the third line because of his versatility and size. But he's a definite sleeper who might net you 50 points this year, depending on the chemistry between him and his centerman. So watch for line assignments coming out of camp and get ready to snap him up cheap.
Killorn could well be the smartest man in the Bolts organization. The Harvard grad can also play hockey -- he's big, skates well and knows how to sacrifice his body. His shot won't overwhelm, but it's incredibly accurate. And his smarts mean he's in the right place at the right time, every single time. His own-zone play needs work, but that'll be easy for a brainiac like him. He could surprise at camp, but will likely spend most of 2012-13 in the AHL.