29-Year-Old Defenseman – New York Rangers
Kevin Shattenkirk Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $26.6 million contract with the Rangers in July of 2017.
Shattenkirk (knee) skated and he "feels good" according to head coach Alain Vigneault, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
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Shattenkirk is an offensive whiz – he's posted three straight seasons of at least 44 points. But he's more than just a one-tool wonder. Shattenkirk also helps drive possession in a big way and that makes him among the league's elite from the blue line. But here's the rub. He's inked for just one more year at $4.25 million and will command an enormous deal next summer. The Blues can't afford Shattenkirk – no way, no how. So, he's been on the block since before last June's draft. He'll be on the move by deadline if he doesn't get traded before the start of the season. But no matter where he is, Shattenkirk is a top-four stud who'll quarterback the power play and soon approach 50 points a season. Fantasy owners in all formats should do a deep dive into some of his splits, though – he's far more productive in the first half than the second (hmm ... conditioning, perhaps?) and that means single-year leaguers need to seriously consider packaging him in a trade before the deadline.
Shattenkirk was having an incredible season for the Blues when an abdominal injury suffered in early February forced him to have surgery and sidelined him for nearly two months. He still finished with totals of eight goals and 44 points, including 25 points on the power play, with a plus-19 rating and 135 shots in 56 regular season games, then added eight points in the Blues' six-game, first-round playoff loss to Minnesota. The 25-year-old had no prior history of significant injury, so there shouldn't be reason for concern on that front, especially with his playoff showing. He'll once again form a dynamic duo with Alex Pietrangelo on the Blues' blue line and should challenge for career highs in most categories, just as he was before his injury.
After fading badly down the stretch of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, Shattenkirk proved much more consistent throughout the past season, allowing him to narrowly establish career-best marks in both goals and assists. A capable performer on both ends of the ice, Shattenkirk earned a spot on the United States’ Olympic team in Sochi and seems to have firmly established himself as one of the higher-end fantasy options at his position. Given his relative youth, the potency of his mates on the Blues’ power play, and the coaching staff’s willingness to stash him on the second pairing to match him up against weaker opponents, Shattenkirk may still have room for growth in both the scoring and plus/minus categories. Shattenkirk might not have the look of a future Norris Trophy winner like teammate Alex Pietrangelo, but his shot-happy ways might give him the greatest fantasy upside of any of the Blues’ defensemen.
It is hard to say which Kevin Shattenkirk will show up in St. Louis this season. Will it be the defenseman who put up 14 points in the first 14 games or the blueliner who delivered a paltry nine points in the remaining 34 games? At this point, it's a guess, but the answer is probably somewhere in between. The former first-round draft pick has good puck skills, is an excellent passer and has great vision on the ice. And he is surrounded by talent in St. Louis. He might slip on draft day based on that molasses-like 34 games, but that would be a mistake. Be ready to take advantage. He could easily deliver top-10 production for blueliners.
Shattenkirk, who had a reputation of an offensive defenseman after his 43-point rookie season in 2010-11, did nothing to dispel that notion when he threw up another 43 points in 81 games in his first full season as a Blue last season. Only this time, he brought more to the defensive end, finishing the season tied for second on the team at plus-20 rating. He's overshadowed by teammate Alex Pietrangelo, but the two give the Blues great offensive potential from the blue line. The organization would like to see Shattenkirk continue to round out his game, but it is also in need of the offense he brings. Five of his nine goals and 18 of his 43 points came on the man advantage. If he's paired with a defensive specialist, like Roman Polak or Barrett Jackman, Shattenkirk can continue to push the offense in 2012-13.
Shattenkirk was an early-season callup to Colorado and never set skate on another AHL rink the rest of the way. He showcased his offensive skills early, putting up 26 points in 46 games with the Avalanche before his trade to St. Louis. He picked up his scoring pace for the Blues, with 17 points in 26 games. That was good enough to be a top-20 scorer from the blue line. The knock on Shattenkirk is that he’s not abrasive enough on the defensive end, but with a better defensive team, he improved his plus-minus from minus-11 with Colorado to plus-7 for St. Louis.
Shattenkirk remains one of the most highly-anticipated defensive prospects the Avalanche organization has ever produced. He was a star at Boston University the past three seasons, scoring 78 points (18G, 60A) over that span, and added two more helpers in three games for the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters after turning pro last season. He is expected to challenge for a roster spot with the Avs this season, but will likely return to the AHL in order to continue to developing his all-around game.
Acquired 14th overall in the 2007 entry draft. Shattenkirk is still at least one more year away from landing in the NHL, as it was announced that he will return to the collegiate level this upcoming season to play for Boston University. Still, Shattenkirk is considered by many to be the Avs' top defensive prospect. Undersized but highly competitive, he is a skilled passer and plays a deadly transition game. He's got plenty of offensive skill and should find himself quarterbacking the Avs' power play one day.
Shattenkirk is considered by many to be the Avs' top defensive prospect. Undersized but highly competitive, he is a skilled passer and plays a deadly transition game. He's got plenty of offensive skill and could find himself QB'ing the Avs' power play one day. He's still probably a couple of years away from cracking the Avs' roster, however. Those of you in keeper leagues should watch him closely.
Shattenkirk is a big leader in a small body. He's just 5'11" and 190 lbs, and he can skate like the wind. But it's his slap shot that captures our attention. He's going to score a lot of goals some day and he's aggressive for a small guy. His game fits the new NHL; it's just going to take a few years for it to blossom once he arrives.