Jonathan Ericsson
Jonathan Ericsson
35-Year-Old DefensemanD
Detroit Red Wings
Out
Injury Lower Body
Est. Return 9/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Simply put, Ericsson is not a viable source of fantasy points. He only put up three goals and 10 assists at even strength over 81 games last season, but the rearguard turned it up a notch defensively based on a career-high 133 hits and 84 blocked shots. Ericsson, who's listed at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, has two years remaining on a contract valued at $4.25 million annually -- that's a chunk of change for an offensively challenged blueliner, though the Red Wings have retained GM Ken Holland and that helps Ericsson's standing with the Eastern Conference club. Expect Ericsson to log his usual 19-odd minutes per game in 2018-19. Read Past Outlooks
$Re-signed with the Red Wings on a six-year, $25.5 million extension in November 2013.
Unlikely to face buyout
DDetroit Red Wings
Lower Body
April 19, 2019
Ericsson (lower body) isn't likely to be subjected to a buyout from the Red Wings, Helene St. James of The Detroit Free Press reports.
ANALYSIS
The Red Wings named Steve Yzerman as their new general manager Friday -- he succeeds Ken Holland, who slides into a senior vice president role -- but despite Yzerman having gone the buyout route with select players in his previous tenure directing the Lightning franchise, Ericsson isn't likely to be bought out since there's only one year remaining on his contract. This probably isn't what Detroit fans want to hear, as Ericsson only stacked five points against a minus-10 rating through 52 games this season, but he is a solid shutdown veteran, and there's value in keeping him around to mentor the growing crop of young blueliners.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:13
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:01
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:20
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
19:13
0:08
2:04
2017–18
19:19
0:05
2:37
2018–19
17:13
0:01
2:20
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Having recorded only nine even-strength points in 51 games last season, Ericsson once again failed to move the needle in fantasy. The Red Wings are partial to their Swedes, but Ericsson spent a career-high 58 percent of his even-strength shifts in the defensive zone last year. Considering that he's only recorded three points while killing penalties over a decade of service time, don't expect Ericsson to arbitrarily evolve into a shorthanded specialist, though he does have the size (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) and grit to accumulate about as many PIM as games played. He broke his wrist in February, but should be all systems go for training camp.
Despite that he’s entering his 10th campaign with Detroit, Ericsson has never exceeded 15 points in a single season and his ice time has dipped in three straight years, falling to 18:32 in 2015-16. The Swedish defenseman is hardly a factor on the man advantage, as his power-play time amounts to seconds rather than minutes. Now for the positives: Ericsson is a leader on the blue line and knows the system well. Additionally, the offseason hiring of Doug Houda to oversee the defense could invigorate him. There’s reason to believe that the big skater will improve in 2016-17, but it’s safe to pass over him in fantasy since he’s been locked into a shutdown role for quite some time.
Ericsson missed the playoffs and part of the season with a finger injury last season, finishing with 11 points in 48 games. Ericsson is a solid, if unspectacular, defender that will typically score 10-15 points a year. While that doesn't typically hold much value in the fantasy world, to an NHL coach like Mike Babcock, unspectatular, steady defensive play is a highly-valued commodity.
Ericsson had a solid, if unspectacular, season in the first post-Lidstrom year in Detroit, posting 13 points in 45 games. While he may have been expected to contribute more offensively, he did steadily improve as the season went on and will start 2013-14 on the first defensive line. He should put up 20-30 points in 2013-14, making him a middle of the road fantasy defenseman.
As offensive blueliners go, Ericsson doesn't appear to have much forthcoming in terms of growth. Perhaps he'll earn the nod alongside Niklas Kronwall as the second member of the Wings' top defensive pairing, but the 28-year-old has never exceeded 15 points in a season and anything beyond 20-25 seems like a long shot even with a larger role. Further, he'll have a stable of offensive-minded competition for time with the man advantage, which also limits his offensive ceiling. Rolling the dice on a Detroit blueliner could pay dividends, but Ericsson is hardly the best option for that gamble.
Although it wasn't a big leap forward at the offensive end for Ericsson last season, he played a much more consistent game on the blue line and parlayed that growth along with the retirement of Brian Rafalski into a three-year commitment from the Wings over the summer. It's entirely possible that he'll be deployed alongside of Nicklas Lidstrom at even strength, which would make him a nice sleeper to bolster his offensive numbers this season. That's far from locked in, however, and it would be wise to keep a close eye on head coach Mike Babcock's defensive pairings during training camp as free-agent addition Ian White and prospect Brendan Smith could bump Ericsson into a third-pairing role with penalty-killing duty as his special teams contribution.
Tabbed by many for a potential breakout season a year ago, Ericsson was a colossal bust by most accounts and he appeared to lack certainty with his play in the defensive end. The season started off on a high note to the tune of eight points (3 G, 5 A) in the team's first 11 games. The aforementioned shaky defensive end work soon followed, and Ericsson started to spend time as a healthy scratch in the press box. The Wings signed Ruslan Salei to be a third-pairing option this season, so Ericsson will have to battle Jakub Kindl for ice time during training camp. In fairness, Ericsson suffered a deep bone bruise in his knee and that may have hampered him more than he let on. There's still a lot of potential here, but his leash will be short if he can't be more consistent with his decision making.
The Red Wings called up Ericsson in early March and that was the last he saw of Grand Rapids, as the Wings soon entrusted him with a regular spot in their blue-line corps. Displaying plenty of polish, Ericsson logged over 18 minutes per game during the team's run to the Stanley Cup finals and chipping in eight points and an impressive plus-nine rating over 22 postseason contests. With the Red Wings, he'll be a third-pairing guy for now, but down the road he could become productive enough at the offensive end to make a larger fantasy impact. With an opening for a point man on their second power-play unit, the Wings could look to Ericsson to fill the void, which would also boost his short-term fantasy value.
With Chris Chelios back in tow for another season at age 46, Ericsson may find himself in Grand Rapids (AHL) to begin the season. There's still tons of upside here in the long run, as Ericsson is a big, physical two-way blueliner with good hands and a huge shot. Keeper leaguers should continue to demonstrate patience with him, as he remains the team's top blue-line prospect, and Ericsson should have a regular spot in Detroit by 2009-10.
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Season ends mercifully
DDetroit Red Wings
Lower Body
April 6, 2019
Ericsson (lower body) is shaping up to be scratched from Saturday's season finale against the Sabres, per Dave Hogg of NHL.com.
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Unlikely to play Sunday
DDetroit Red Wings
Lower Body
March 31, 2019
Ericsson (lower body) is not expected to be in Sunday's lineup against the Bruins.
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No-go Friday
DDetroit Red Wings
Lower Body
March 29, 2019
Ericsson (lower body) won't suit up against the Devils on Friday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Leaves game versus Sabres
DDetroit Red Wings
Lower Body
March 28, 2019
Ericsson (lower body) left in the first period of Thursday's game against Buffalo and will not return.
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Tosses body in return
DDetroit Red Wings
March 25, 2019
Ericsson (lower body) returned with eight hits in 17:20 during Monday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
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