Kris Versteeg
Kris Versteeg
33-Year-Old Right WingRW
Chicago Blackhawks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After signing a one-year deal with the Flames in July of 2017, Versteeg struggled to stay healthy last season. He played just 24 games, dealing with a hip injury that cost him over two-thirds of the Calgary tour, and the veteran posted a mere three goals and eight points in limited action. Still, somewhat surprisingly, Versteeg remains unsigned as of mid-August. The Alberta native is a proven scoring forward with experience on the power play, so he should at least garner a training-camp invite with an NHL club. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL in April of 2019.
Signs AHL contract for 2019-20
RWChicago Blackhawks  Minors
April 22, 2019
Versteeg signed a one-year contract with AHL Rockford on Monday.
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Versteeg appeared in 643 games over an 11-year NHL career, spending time with the Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, Flyers, Hurricanes, Panthers, Kings and finally, the Flames. Most recently, the 32-year-old vet split time between Avangard Omsk of the KHL and the Vaxjo Lakers of the SHL, playing for both clubs during the 2018-19 season.
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After finishing the 2016-17 campaign with 37 points, Versteeg has now failed to break the 40-point threshold for five straight seasons. What’s interesting about the veteran journeyman is that he’s actually a decent offensive threat when given the opportunity -- his best campaign came in 2011-12, when he posted 54 points while averaging a career-high 19:55 of ice time, and he’s been a consistent regular on power-play units across the league. Nevertheless, his offensive production since then has been entirely mediocre, and he’s almost guaranteed to miss some games to injury every year. Versteeg is best suited to deeper leagues as well as daily contests when he gets an advantageous matchup.
It was a tale of two seasons for Versteeg in 2014-15. He started hot and stayed that way for the first 34 games, potting 27 points while showing real chemistry with Patrick Kane. Then, he absorbed the force of a puck with his hand and when he finally returned to the ice, he delivered just seven points in his last 27 games. And he was pretty much an afterthought in the postseason. Opportunity is upon him, but we’re not sure Versteeg can seize it. He hasn’t been the same player since his ACL blew out in 2013, and there are plenty of talented young forwards who have more upside. Sure, he’s only 29, but there are a lot of heavy miles on that slender frame. The third line might be his ceiling this season, although his hands and vision will make him a worthy alternate on the Hawks' second power-play unit.
Versteeg's return to the Blackhawks fold was not what everybody envisioned. He was inconsistent in the regular season and his role was reduced in the playoffs. His explanation? He said he was restricted by a knee injury last season. If this is correct, you can probably get him on the low side and hope he returns to his days where he averaged 20 goals and 25-30 assists. Just don't pay too much -- this is a classic risk/reward recommendation. You'll either look brilliant or stupid by picking him up, and only you know how your ego will hold up in that scenario.
His season ended after just 10 games with a knee injury, but a surgically repaired Versteeg may be a great fantasy steal. He only had four points before getting hurt, but posted 54 in 71 games the year before in 2011-12. He won't be at the top of most people's rankings, but he holds a ton of upside as a later-round draft pick.
Versteeg avoided arbitration, signing a four-year contract with the Panthers this offseason, and will now look to build upon a 2011-2012 campaign that saw the crafty winger set career-highs in goals (23) and points scored (54). A hip injury put a damper on an already productive season. Versteeg is on pace to start camp 100% healthy and will look to continue his productive ways, making him a savvy pick in the later rounds of drafts.
Versteeg tallied 46 points (21 G, 25 A) splitting time between the Flyers and Maple Leafs last season. The former Stanley Cup champion was acquired by trade during the offseason and will look to make himself a legitimate two-way scoring threat. Versteeg has scored at least 20 goals in three straight seasons and should not have an issue making it four straight for the offensively improved Panthers.
Gutsy? Check. Hard-working? You bet. Skilled? And then some. Sounds like the perfect, Brian Burke kind of guy. Who cares if he's only 5-9 and 180 pounds? He's a menace shorthanded and his offensive turning radius is tighter than Shawn White on his board. Versteeg poured in the points (44) in limited ice time in Chicago and then amped things up in the playoffs (14 in 22 games). He'll become beloved in Hogtown and you'll appreciate him on your fantasy squad, too -- to the tune of about 65 points and as many PIMs.
His numbers should go up even if there is talk about a sophomore slump, which bodes very well for his value after a 22-goal campaign during his first full season with Chicago. With Marian Hossa out for several weeks, Versteeg shoud benefit from being locked into one of the scoring lines. Yet another young Hawk with a strong two-way game (plus-15 rating), Versteeg's 54-point, campaign helped him get a Calder Trophy award nomination last season.
The 22-year-old right wing had a brief stint with the parent club in 2007-08, scoring two goals and adding two assists in 13 games. He is battling for one of the final roster spots in training camp and is bound to split his time between the AHL and NHL this season.
Versteeg played well in the preseason, but was sent down to Rockford of the AHL. Most likely will play the entire season for the IceHogs, but could come up to the big club near the end of the season.
Versteeg jumped from the Western Hockey League to the AHL by season's end, and certainly didn't look out of place in the men's league. But at 5'10" and 172 lbs, Versteeg is going to need to eat his Wheaties to compete at the next level. Monitor him but don't take the bait until you see sustained, regular contributions.
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Bound for KHL
RWFree Agent
August 17, 2018
Versteeg will sign with Avangard Omsk of the KHL, Ryan Leslie of Sportsnet reports.
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Done for season
RWCalgary Flames  Minors
Hip
March 23, 2018
Versteeg will miss the remainder of the season with a hip injury, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
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Activated off IR
RWCalgary Flames  Minors
March 14, 2018
The Flames activated Versteeg (hip) from injured reserve Wednesday.
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Practices fully
RWCalgary Flames  Minors
Hip
March 12, 2018
Versteeg (hip) donned a full-contact jersey while taking part in Monday's practice, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
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Skates in non-contact jersey
RWCalgary Flames  Minors
Hip
March 2, 2018
Versteeg (hip) joined his teammates on the ice Friday sporting a non-contact sweater, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
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