Antoine Vermette
Antoine Vermette
36-Year-Old CenterC
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
A member of the 500-point club, Vermette has failed to improve his point total in each of the last four seasons. The 36-year-old ended the 2017-18 campaign with just eight goals and eight helpers, which is dwarfed by the 38 points he accumulated in 2015-16. The Ducks are shifting to their younger and faster prospects, leaving Vermette unsigned but still looking for employment. Wherever he ends up, he'll likely be a bottom-six forward with limited fantasy contributions. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract with the Ducks in August of 2016.
Announces retirement
CFree Agent
January 31, 2019
Vermette will hang up his skates following a 14-year NHL career, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
ANALYSIS
Vermette hasn't played at all this season, so his retirement announcement shouldn't come as a surprise. The center played 1,046 games for Arizona, Ottawa, Columbus, Anaheim and Chicago, winning the Stanley Cup with the latter in 2015. Over his career, the Quebec native racked up 228 goals (31 game-winning), 287 assists and 622 PIM.
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Ice Time
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2016–17
15:54
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13:45
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May 14, 2017
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One of the NHL’s more popular journeymen, Vermette needs just one more goal or assist to join the 500-point club in what will be his 14th season. The 2000 second-round pick has one year left on his current deal with Anaheim before yet again having the option to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent. In his prime -- and with the Blue Jackets -- Vermette took the league by storm with a 65-point output and a smidge above 20 minutes of ice time. Nowadays, he’s lucky to garner 16 minutes per contest, as the Ducks have benefited from the rapid ascension of forwards like Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg. However, the team’s depth down the middle is rather suspect, so he may eventually claim a spot that’s conducive to the scoresheet. With that in mind, you could do much worse than selecting Vermette as a late-round flier in standard fantasy drafts.
Vermette was at the helm of the 24th-ranked offense last season, registering 17 goals, 21 helpers, 93 PIM, and a lackluster minus-14 rating. The 34-year-old has stayed relevant in his first two seasons with the Coyotes, with most of the damage coming on the man advantage. The veteran hammered home six tallies and assisted on 10, seeing close to three minutes per game in a power-play situation. Vermette is locked into the top-line center position next to second-year Max Domi and third-year Anthony Duclair, which could prove to be an effective lineup for Arizona as the young bloods continue to improve their game. The 2000 second-round pick knows his role, which is win faceoffs and threaten a 40 spot when it’s all said and done.
Vermette returns to the desert after winning his first Stanley Cup ring following his trade to the Blackhawks at last season's deadline. His overall point total dipped from 2013-14, but that was in large part because he saw nearly five minutes less of ice time per game in Chicago, a team with far better offensive options than Arizona. Now that he's back with the Coyotes, Vermette once again figures to see top-line minutes at center along with significant time on the power play, where he has contributed 13 and 14 points, respectively, the last two years. Vermette will be 33 years old this season, and is going to be surpassed soon as a focal point of the Coyotes' attack, as top prospects Max Domi and Dylan Strome are the primary long-term building blocks. Nonetheless, Vermette should have another solid season or two of production in him, while adding his usual strong faceoff numbers for leagues that count that statistic.
Vermette led the Coyotes in goals last season with 24, cracking the 20-goal plateau for the first time in four years. His excellence in the face-off circle continued as well, with the center ranking ninth in faceoff-winning percentage at 56.4 percent, while taking more draws than anyone not named Sidney Crosby. Vermette also enjoyed increased responsibility with the Coyotes than in recent years, seeing a surge in average ice time (19:13) and power-play production (seven goals, 13 points). His well-rounded game will be counted on again heavily by the Coyotes in 2014-15, with a role awaiting him on one of the top two lines and the penalty kill. Vermette isn't an elite scorer, but will contribute in a bunch of different ways to fantasy teams, particularly in leagues with specialty categories like faceoffs.
The Coyotes have come to count on Vermette's continued excellence in the face-off circle -- he won just over 57 percent of his draws in 2012-13 for the second season in a row. It's just too bad he can't deliver offense, too. He posted a disappointing 21 points In 48 games with Phoenix last season and is probably only good to hit the 30-point mark in 2013-14.
Vermette, a midseason acquisition for the Coyotes, tallied 10 points in 22 games and finished the season with 37 points. The former Blue Jacket came up huge in the postseason for the Coyotes and he's expected to be a big piece of the team's offensive puzzle going forward. It wouldn't be unreasonable to expect a 40-45 point season from Vermette. After all, he'll be skating as the team's top center.
The Blue Jackets' top faceoff man saw his production fall off last season as he bounced between lines, but with Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski around to revitalize the power play Vermette could end up being the biggest beneficiary. 20 goals and 50 points is a safe bet, but 25 and 60 (or better) isn't at all an unreasonable proposition.
Vermette was arguably the Blue Jackets' most valuable player in 2009-2010. He played rock-solid hockey at both ends of the ice for all 82 games (he was one of only a handful of Blue Jacket regulars to finish with a positive plus/minus), eventually finding himself centering the Rick Nash line and enjoying a career year offensively as a result. He's not a true top line pivot and would be a better fit as the #2 center, but he's got brains, heart and skills (in about that order) and brings enough to the table to get the job done. Even if he gets bumped off Nash's line, Columbus has enough developing young talent on the wings to keep him productive. Draft him for another 25+ goals and 60 points, but Vermette may not have reached his ceiling just yet.
After striking for 24 goals and 53 points in 2007-08, Vermette struggled to repeat those numbers in Ottawa, as the team's clubhouse turmoil took its toll on his focus. Liberated from the Senators' soap opera by a deadline deal to Columbus, Vermette turned on the jets and scored seven goals and 13 points in 17 games with his new club. He figures to begin this season anchoring the Blue Jackets' second line between gritty pivot R.J. Umberger and young stud Jakub Voracek, but if Derick Brassard struggles on Rick Nash's line Vermette is Plan B to center the team's superstar. Either way, Vermette seems a good bet to repeat his performance from two years ago.
The 26-year-old center/winger once again improved his point production in 2007-08 for the fourth straight season, besting his previous high by 14 points. He notched career highs in both goals (24) and assists (29) and was one of the better Senators players to finish the season. While he's arguably Ottawa's best penalty killer and face-off man, this year should see Vermette get more time on the second power-play unit, something he's wanted for a long time. While it gets old to talk of a "breakout" season for this talented player, his history of consistently improving point production points to an even better season ahead. Blessed with breakaway speed and fantastic hands, not to mention a new two-year contract, Vermette could put up over 60 points this season while likely playing on Ottawa's second line.
After a few years of playing on Ottawa's fourth and third lines, Vermette will be given every opportunity to make a name for himself on either the first or second line this year. The skilled and speedy Vermette, if he sticks with one of the top two lines, should be able to crack 50 or even 60 points this season.
Vermette will see his ice time increase this year, in both the penalty kill and at even strength. He should hit the 20-goal mark again this season and, with a little luck, could break the 50-point barrier.
Seems likely to be relegated to the fourth line center spot this season, barring an injury or significant trade. Could still land on a line with Heatley and Spezza so he's a name to keep an eye on.
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Overlooked in second half of season
CAnaheim Ducks  Free Agent
April 28, 2018
Vermette completed his 14th NHL season in 2017-18, with the center adding 16 points and a minus-5 rating through 64 regular-season games for the Ducks.
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Sitting regularly in March
CAnaheim Ducks  Free Agent
March 19, 2018
Vermette was a healthy scratch for the seventh time in March during Sunday's 4-2 win over the Devils.
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Logs team-low 8:56 in win
CAnaheim Ducks  Free Agent
January 26, 2018
Vermette received just 8:52 of ice time during Thursday's 4-3 shootout win over Winnipeg.
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Responds with three points after promotion
CAnaheim Ducks  Free Agent
December 31, 2017
A game after playing a season-low 9:25, Vermette played over 20 minutes on the team's top line and scored a goal and two assists in a win Sunday against Arizona.
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Logs season-low 9:25 of ice Friday
CAnaheim Ducks  Free Agent
December 30, 2017
Vermette received just 9:25 of ice time during Friday's 2-1 win over Calgary.
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