Andrew Ladd
Andrew Ladd
33-Year-Old Left WingLW
New York Islanders
Injury Knee
Est. Return 11/16/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
While a majority of the Islanders experienced a resurgence under new coach Barry Trotz, Ladd again suffered through a frustrating season in 2018-19. He spent most of the campaign hurt, scoring just three goals and 11 points in 26 games. The 33-year-old winger has become one of the biggest free-agent flops in Islanders history. Since New York signed him to a seven-year, $38.5 million deal in 2016, Ladd has notched just 38 goals and 71 points in 177 games over three seasons, and the deal doesn't run out until 2023. Trotz has a knack for getting the most out of his players, but working with Ladd will be one of his toughest tests yet. For fantasy purposes, Ladd probably won't earn a top-six role, and it's very unlikely that Trotz breaks up his Cizikas-Clutterbuck-Martin third line. That means Ladd is probably due for a fourth-line role, which is rather unappealing, especially when coupled with three straight disappointing seasons. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $38.5 million contract with the Islanders in July of 2016.
Takes part in practice
LWNew York Islanders
October 5, 2019
Ladd (knee) practiced with the Islanders on Saturday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Ladd was in an orange non-contact jersey, but skating with the team was the next step in his recovery from a torn ACL. Ladd is still not expected to return to game action until some point in November.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Owners can sum up Ladd's first two seasons with the Islanders in one word - disappointing. “Hugely disappointing” might actually be a better summary considering the Islanders signed him to seven-year, $38.5 million deal and were hoping he would help convince John Tavares to stay. Ladd lost his spot on the top line last season and scored just 12 goals and 29 points splitting time between the second and third units. That's a far cry from the 24 goals and 62 points he deposited in his final season with the Jets in 2014-15. With Tavares now donning a Toronto jersey, rookie center Mathew Barzal will likely move to the top unit, and if Ladd stays on the second or third line, his center will again be Brock Nelson or the newly acquired Valtteri Filppula. That doesn't bode well for Ladd to turn it around in 2018-19.
A steady scorer for years with the Thrashers/Jets, Ladd peaked with 62 points in 2014-15, and it's been all downhill from there. After a mediocre 2015-16 split between Winnipeg and Chicago, he moved to the Islanders in the offseason and posted one of the most disappointingly lopsided lines you'll see -- 23 goals accompanied by a mere eight assists. That’s out of character for a guy who's generally been just as good at distributing as finishing, and at 31 years old, Ladd shouldn't be washed up yet even though he has a lot of mileage on his tires. He retains a second-line role in Brooklyn, and a bounce-back season is possible, but paying up for his name brand on draft day would be unwise.
One of the most sought after free agents of the 2016 offseason didn’t take long to ink a seven-year deal with the Islanders on the first day of free agency. Clearly the former Jets captain didn’t need much time pondering incoming offers, admitting John Tavares and the Islanders closing in on Stanley Cup contention were major factors in his decision to take his talents to Brooklyn. Coming off a bit of a disappointing season with 34 points in 59 games for the underwhelming Jets, the former fourth-overall pick was dealt at the trade deadline and found his scoring touch with his old squad – the Blackhawks – with eight goals in 19 games. With a top-line wing spot vacated by Kyle Okposo, who’s now with Buffalo, Ladd seems to be the most logical choice as a replacement to play alongside Tavares. Ladd has been knocking on the door of 30 goals for the past several seasons (topping out at 29), so look for him to again push for that mark as part of a deep Islanders’ top-six with plenty of offensive prowess.
The Jets' captain enjoyed perhaps his finest season yet last year, setting a new personal best with 62 points on the strength of a career-high 38 helpers. Like top-line mate Blake Wheeler, he complements his strong scoring ability with chippy play, as he also set new career marks in hits (212) and PIM (72) last season. The Jets grew his role on the power play last year, and he responded with his best man-advantage production yet. In short, it's hard to find a reason not to own Ladd in fantasy. Ladd underwent successful surgery for a hernia in May, but is expected to be fully recovered by the start of the Jets’ training camp, so owners don’t need to worry about his health heading into this season. As a durable, well-rounded contributor in a variety of categories, he shouldn't be allowed to fall too deep in this year's drafts.
Ladd will return for his fifth season with the Winnipeg franchise as their team captain, despite still just being 28 years old. He’s already won Stanley Cups with the Hurricanes and Blackhawks, and is coming off one of his most productive seasons statistically. He finished 2013-14 with 23 goals and 31 assists in 78 games, and also chipped in 57 PIM. Perhaps his most impressive accomplishment, however, was finishing the season tied for third on the team with a plus-8 rating. The line of Ladd, Bryan Little and Michael Frolik often took on the toughest matchups night after night, so it’s encouraging that they were able to keep their heads above water in the NHL’s toughest division. Ladd missed the last four games of the season due to an elbow injury, but fantasy owners can be comfortable drafting him -- he’s had the entire offseason to recover and has only missed five total games over the last six seasons. His consistency and durability make him a solid piece for any fantasy roster.
Ladd managed an outstanding 18 goals, 28 assists and 46 points in the shortened 48-game 2012-13 season last year. Considering his career-high of 59 points took Ladd 82 games back in the 2010-11 season, there's no doubt fantasy owners were more than happy with the production they got from the Jets' captain last year. Playing on a line with Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little proved to help all three to the point where Ladd may very well flirt with 70 points and his first 30-goal season in 2013-14.
Having taken part in 163 of a possible 164 games over his past two seasons with Atlanta/Winnipeg, "the Captain" has been a steady source of goals with 57 over that span, also cracking 50 points the last two years. Don't expect 40 scores anytime soon, but so long as you can secure the veteran forward in a mid-to-late round, there is value to be had here.
Ladd had the best season of his career last year (29 goals, 30 assists for 59 points). His production earned him the honor of being named team captain to go along with a long-term contract extension. He surpassed Nik Antropov as the team's top forward and he's a good mid-round pick who will probably top 30 goals and 60 points this year, as long as the new contract he signed doesn't go to his head.
Just one of the many players the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks traded this summer, Ladd will fit in nicely as a contributor on an improving Thrashers squad. Although the former fourth overall pick (2004) probably won’t ever be the type of offensive player you’d normally expect from a top-five draft pick, he has proven to be an effective checker that can put the puck in the net once in a while. Depending on who his linemates are in Atlanta, Ladd could end up reaching the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career simply because of an opportunity for more ice time. If not, he’ll help create enough offensive chances on the fore-check to surpass 40 points.
Ladd had his best season in his short career with 15 goals and 34 assists and a plus 26 in the 2008-09 season. Worked well with Martin Havlat so will need to find another linemate to work with. Ladd like many of the Hawks will need to continue their development to the next level.
The Blackhawks acquired Ladd in a midseason deal with the Hurricanes last season. He had a career-high 30 points last season and is skating with the likes of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in training camp, so there is plenty of upside. If Ladd lands on one of the top two lines, he could easily put up career best numbers.
Just 21, Ladd offers a decent chance of a significant increase in his offensive numbers this season. He still has a ways to go in order to break into the very strong first two lines (Ray Whitney and Cory Stillman are ahead of him), but he has talent and youth on his side.
Ladd emphatically has a productive future with thia team. He won't turn 21 until December, but has shown that he can play at this level. He's among the likeliest Hurricanes to take a significant step forward in productivity this season, conceivably to the 55 point level, but more likely to about 40.
Ladd will be an excellent power forward that you'll be happy to have on your team. The only question is how long it will take him to develop to that level. Still just 19, he may be moved down to the minors to get him more ice time in anticipation of a later callup. This year he's probably worth only a late pick in draft-and-hold league, unless you're very risk tolerant.
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Aiming for November return
LWNew York Islanders
September 30, 2019
General manager Lou Lamoriello said Ladd (knee) should return in late November, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
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Headed for IR
LWNew York Islanders
September 12, 2019
Ladd (knee) will start the 2019-20 season on injured reserve, Brian Compton of reports.
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Still not healthy
LWNew York Islanders
September 11, 2019
Ladd (knee) is not expected to be ready to start the season with the Islanders, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
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Resumes skating
LWNew York Islanders
August 14, 2019
Ladd (knee) is skating in the lead-up to training camp and will be eased back into action, Brian Compton of reports.
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Facing five-month absence
LWNew York Islanders
March 26, 2019
Coach Lou Lamoriello revealed Tuesday that Ladd (knee) suffered a torn ACL on Sunday and will be sidelined for five months.
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