Mathieu Perreault
Mathieu Perreault
31-Year-Old CenterC
Winnipeg Jets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Perreault is somewhat of an enigma for fantasy owners, as he is consistently slotted into a bottom-six role but still manages to show up on the ice with the man advantage. The natural center averaged just 12:14 of ice time last year, his fewest minutes since 2011-12, yet still logged 1:23 on the power play. While his absence from a scoring line limits his value, the 30-year-old should still be in contention for a seventh consecutive 30-point season in 2019-20, which makes him a viable late-round option and one that may fly under the radar. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $16.5 million contract extension with the Jets in July of 2016.
Finds net in blowout loss
CWinnipeg Jets
October 13, 2019
Perreault scored a goal on his lone shot in a 7-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Perreault opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game Sunday, although it was all Penguins for much of the remainder of the night. The 31-year-old winger is filling a bottom-six role at the moment and has generated just one shot on goal in four of his seven games. He played in all 82 games last season with the Jets and had 15 goals and 30 points.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Perreault is fresh off another productive season, recording 17 goals and 22 assists to fall one point shy of the reaching the 40-point threshold for the fifth straight year. The shifty center was a disappointment in the 2018 Western Conference finals -- as No. 85 failed to etch the scoresheet in any of the five games versus the Golden Knights -- though he still made modest defensive contributions based on nine hits, three blocked shots and a plus-2 rating. Perreault has accrued 56 power-play points since arriving in Winnipeg ahead of the 2014-15 campaign. While he'll continue to be in the minority of forwards rocking a heavy man-advantage role despite being no lock for even 15 minutes during a given contest, Perreault seems to make the most of his regular-season opportunities and remains a fine complementary fantasy forward.
Fantasy owners concerned about consistency should look no further than Perreault, who's recorded four straight 40-plus-point campaigns despite playing more than 70 contests just once over that stretch. If the diminutive winger can stay healthy for a full 82-game season, he could finally crack the 50-point threshold in 2017-18. The 29-year-old closed out the 2016-17 campaign with a flourish -- six goals and 11 helpers in the final 12 games -- and he will look to carry that momentum into October. Some fantasy owners will fade Perrault after watching him post back-to-back seasons with a minus-11 rating, but he more than makes up for that shortcoming with his contributions on the power play -- a role he will no doubt retain this season after averaging 2:38 of ice time in that spot last year.
Perreault almost completed his first full campaign, but missed 11 games due to a concussion that ended those dreams. Already with durability concerns, the talent is there but the health is not. He still managed nine goals, 32 assists and an unfortunate minus-11 rating while also registering a career-high 15 points on the power play – six tallies and nine helpers. Heading into his third campaign with the Jets, the team clearly has confidence in the 28-year-old center, as they dished out a four-year contract despite the injury bug consistently hitting the 2006 sixth-round pick. If he continues to trend upward and stay on the ice, Perreault could resume his top-six role and shell out a 40-plus season, with upside.
While Perreault delivered another fairly typical campaign in his first year as a Jet -- nearly replicating the offensive output of the year before in Anaheim -- it was another year plagued by health issues, as the 27-year-old was forced to miss 20 games due to injury. His durability is now a legitimate concern, as Perreault hasn’t been able to stay healthy for an entire season once in his professional career. However, when he’s on the ice, Perreault is a solid offensive contributor and fantasy asset. He will likely return to his role as a top-six forward and a member of the Jets’ second power-play unit in 2015-16. Perreault's role with and knack for point production when healthy make him an enticing fantasy option heading into the upcoming season, but owners need to take his durability issues into account when considering him in their drafts.
Perreault was a nice pickup by the Jets in the offseason, as his addition gives the team three solid centers all under the age of 27. He could be in line for a breakout season in Winnipeg, since the team’s deep stable of forwards should at least afford him some quality linemates. Perreault will be relied on to score a lot more than he was in Anaheim, but the increased opportunities could make him more valuable as a fantasy player than he was in prior years. Look for him and Mark Schiefele to battle for second-line centering duties, though a third-line role wouldn’t be disastrous for Perreault either. The Jets may not make a dramatic leap in the standings in 2014-15, but Perreault could be a key piece to any fantasy lineup if he takes his game up a level.
Perreault averaged around 11:40 minutes of playing time in 39 games last season due to being blocked at center by veterans. He still managed to earn 17 points on 11 assists and six goals but, Perreault’s value is limited by his lack of upside. His playing time is expected to increase so keep an eye on him as the season progresses as he might be able to help you short term off the waiver wire.
Another rising talent in the nation's capital, Perreault's strength is scoring as he put 16 goals in the net over 64 games last year. With limited ice time, just 12 minutes a game, Perrault didn't see as many scoring chances as other forwards. Perreault flexed his offensive muscle but unfortunately for him, the Capitals are ripe with centers and Perreault is blocked on the first and second lines. He is likely to start at center on the third line and could exceed previous yearly totals but expectations must be tempered; remember his name in keeper leagues and deep single season leagues.
Perreault has really silenced his critics to get his shot in the NHL. As another camp approaches, he will try to crack the roster and with some departures has a pretty good shot. He is an undersized kid but works like a wild man and has really provided some big points for the Caps. He is only 23 and has 56 career games under his belt. Consider him a lock to be helping this club one way or another this season, but not when it comes to fantasy.
A sixth round pick, Perreault has defied the odds about his size and proved he is capable of making it in the NHL. Last season he split the season between Washington and AHL Hershey. He spent a total of a little over a month in D.C. throughout the season. In 21 games in Washington Perreault showed his scoring ability by notching four goals and adding five assists. Some of his qualities consist of above average in the face-off circle, great vision and awareness, and a guy that shows up for the big games. Washington may be able to make room for him to start the season, if he does not just flat out earn a spot. They saw enough of him last year to know he can play at the NHL level, and may be their top prospect coming in to the 2010-11 season.
While his size is an issue, there is no questioning Perreault’s talent. He is quick and creative, with great vision, a quick shot and is a playmaker with the puck. He compiled 50 points (11G, 39A) in AHL Hershey last season and will find himself there again this season. He has a shot to make it to the NHL, but his lack of size really hurts his chances.
While his size is an issue, there is no questioning Perreault’s talent. He is quick and creative, with great vision, a quick shot and is a playmaker with the puck. He led the the QMJHL in scoring last season, compiling 114 points off of 34 goals and 80 assists. He has a shot to make it to the NHL, but his lack of size really hurts his chances. He should get a chance in the AHL this year, and needs to show off that speed and skill if he intends on staying around.
The small center -- he's listed at 5-foot-8 and 151 pounds -- finished third in the QMJHL last season behind fellow Capitals' prospect Francois Bouchard and linemate Thomas Beauregard with 119 points in 67 games. Frankly, the only real thing holding the 19-year-old back is his size. He'll likely get a shot in the AHL next season.
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Two-point effort in win
CWinnipeg Jets
October 4, 2019
Perreault scored a goal and added an assist in Friday's 5-4 shootout win over the Devils.
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Collects assist in return
CWinnipeg Jets
April 14, 2019
Perreault (undisclosed) picked up an assist and two PIM in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 3 of their first-round series.
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Back in action
CWinnipeg Jets
April 14, 2019
Perreault (undisclosed) will be in the lineup for Sunday's road game against the Blues, Murat Ates of The Athletic reports.
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Sitting out Friday
CWinnipeg Jets
April 12, 2019
Perreault (undisclosed) won't play in Game 2 versus the Blues on Friday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
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Hits 30-point plateau
CWinnipeg Jets
April 1, 2019
Perreault posted an assist, two shots and a plus-2 rating in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Blackhawks.
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