Alex Pietrangelo
Alex Pietrangelo
31-Year-Old DefensemanD
Vegas Golden Knights
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Debuting in Vegas following his storied run with the Blues, Pietrangelo had a solid (7 goals, 23 points in 41 games), if unspectacular season in 2020-21. He missed three weeks in March with an undisclosed injury before playing in every game, playoffs included, the rest of the way. There were both positives and negatives to take away from Pietrangelo's year from a fantasy perspective. On the plus side, he averaged more than 24 minutes of ice time per game (24:26) for a tenth straight year and he was shooting the puck (126 shots on goal) as much as ever. On the flip side, Pietrangelo's 2:38 worth of power-play time per contest was his lowest since the 2016-17 campaign. Pietrangelo's role as a top defensemen on one of the NHL's best teams is secure and that alone makes him a mid-round fantasy option, but youngster Shea Theodore is the Golden Knight rearguard to target in your leagues this fall. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $61.6 million contract with the Golden Knights in October of 2020.
Collects helper
DVegas Golden Knights
June 24, 2021
Pietrangelo registered an assist, six shots on goal, two hits, two blocked shots and two PIM in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canadiens in Game 6.
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Pietrangelo didn't go quietly, but the overtime loss Thursday ended the Golden Knights' season. The 31-year-old defenseman was productive in the playoffs with 12 points, 76 shots, 52 blocked shots and a plus-8 rating in 19 contests. He'll continue to be a strong top-four option on the blue line for Vegas heading into 2021-22.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    24:26
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:38
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:14
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
24:05
2:45
2:03
2019–20
24:11
3:06
1:50
2020–21
24:26
2:38
2:14
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After 12 years with the Blues which included the lifting of Lord Stanley's cup in 2019, Pietrangelo will be donning a new sweater for the first time in his NHL career after signing a massive seven-year, $61.6 million deal with the Golden Knights this offseason. A quick look at the offensively-gifted blueliner's career stat line shows exactly why Vegas paid up for his services. Pietrangelo is a capable power-play quarterback -- he just set new career bests in goals (16) and power-play points (22) in 2019-20 -- and one of the league's premiere two-way defenseman. It's certainly possible coach Pete DeBoer will utilize two defensemen on his No. 1 power-play unit this season, but everything should continue to run through Pietrangelo rather than Shea Theodore. While there will be a few other top-scoring blueliners available during this year's drafts, Pietrangelo should be one of the top-five defensemen to come off the board in redraft leagues and a lock to retain in keeper formats heading into 2020-21.
Pietrangelo helped lead the Blues from last to first, and while his regular season was mediocre with 41 points in 72 games, he stepped it up in the playoffs with 19 points in 26 contests, including the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Nevertheless, while the 29-year-old's leadership will never be questioned again, his offensive production comes in waves and it can be tough to pinpoint. Pietrangelo projects as a 50-point blueliner again in the 2019-20 campaign, but fantasy owners should be aware of the peaks and valleys in his stat line, which make him more appealing in rotisserie leagues than head-to-head formats.
After the Blues traded stud defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk during the 2016-17 season, Pietrangelo adapted well to the pressure of being the squad's top blueliner. He racked up career highs with 15 goals and 54 points while finishing ninth in the Norris Trophy voting. While his man-advantage contributions dropped from the previous season (19 points to 13), a slew of offseason additions including Ryan O'Reilly should reinvigorate Pietrangelo's power-play prowess. The Blues captain should be able to eclipse the 60-point mark with the help of a new-look offense, and his workhorse status makes him a comfortable early-round pick -- he's averaged over 25 minutes per game in each of the last six seasons and will be on the top pairing again.
Pietrangelo highlighted his first year as the Blues’ captain with a career-best 14 goals, and he cleared 45 points (14 goals, 34 assists) for the third time in four seasons; a big chunk of those points -- 19 -- came on the power play. His production ticked up at the end of the season thanks in no small part to the midseason departure of Kevin Shattenkirk; after the trade, Pietrangelo posted 18 points, including eight of his power-play points, in 20 games. Compare that to the 30 points he put up in 60 games before the trade, and the writing's on the wall. The No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft, Pietrangelo already has two 51-point seasons in his back pocket, and with a bigger power-play role on tap in the absence of Shattenkirk, he should easily clear 50 again -- and maybe even challenge 60.
Pietrangelo had a down year in 2015-16, at least from a fantasy perspective. He tallied under 40 points for the first time in a regular season, lockout aside. And the biggest drop of all came with power-play production, or the lack thereof in his case. Pietranglo actually saw close to three minutes (2:51) of power-play ice time per game, but managed a measly five points there (one goal, four assists). Ouch. Still, his ice time on the PP is down from a few years ago when he saw as much as 3:13 and it's likely to stay that way given the arrival of Colton Parayko's bomb of a shot. Pietrangelo is still a stud, but he's getting more defensive zone starts and penalty kill time than ever before. He and Jay Bouwmeester form a great shutdown pair, but that means his shifts are heavy and dirty – the kind that leave even Clydesdales exhausted. Pietrangelo may be settling into a Ryan Suter (pre-last season) role. And that means 38-45 points could become a mainstay rather than 50-plus. He's not the best fantasy defender in St. Loo and before long, he might not be the second-best one, either.
Pietrangelo posted his fourth career 40-plus point season in 2014-15, but since it came with a 22-tick drop in his plus/minus rating from the year prior, he likely saw his fantasy value decline in most formats. But by most other metrics, Pietrangelo was just as good, if not better last season, as he put a career-high 195 shots on goal (31 more than his 2013-14 total) and became more of a physical presence by doling out 70 hits. And though it didn't result in an upswing in goals last season, Pietrangelo's increased willingness to attempt shots could portend a return to the 50-point mark if he can notice some expected improvement on last year's 3.6 percent shooting rate. Still in the middle of his prime at 25 years old, Pietrangelo remains one of the game's best defensemen and could come at a discount this year.
At just 24 years old, Pietrangelo has already established himself as one of the NHL’s preeminent blueliners, showcasing both shutdown defensive abilities and imagination as a scorer and distributor beyond his age. Save for a slight downgrade in goals, Pietrangelo’s past campaign was a near carbon copy of his last full season of 2011-12, providing a reasonable baseline of what to expect from the defenseman moving forward. While not possessing the same offensive aptitude as fellow high-end fantasy blueliners such as Erik Karlsson and Shea Weber, Pietrangelo accents his value in other ways, particularly in the plus-minus and blocked shots categories. The Blues’ wealth of capable scorers at both even strength and on the power play might make Pietrangelo more deferential to his teammates than most players of his caliber, but his high floor of production and relatively clean injury history make him a rather stable early-round investment for fantasy squads.
Pietrangelo saw a dip in production during last year's lockout-shortened season. After posting career highs in goals and assists in 2011-12 and talk of many future Norris trophies, the 23-year-old delivered just 24 points in 47 games and saw a dramatic drop off in power-play production. But we're giving him a mulligan for that and fully expect him to return to numbers similar to his 51-point breakout two years ago. He remains a top-five defenseman in the fantasy game and a cornerstone to the Blues and your fantasy squad.
Pietrangelo is the unquestioned leader on the defense for the Blues and the team's leader in minutes played. It was a slow offensive start for Pietrangelo in 2011-12, but for the second straight season, he had a stellar second half -- 40 of his 51 points came in the final 44 games from January through the end of the regular season. Don't get down on him if he's not putting up the offense right away. He will. Like many top defensemen in the league, Pietrangelo is on ice for both special teams, with 24 points coming on the power play. He should be one of the top five defensmen selected in any draft.
It looks like the Blues played it just right with Pietrangelo, giving him just enough time in the AHL to develop before handing him an important role with the major league club in 2010-11. He showed improvement over the course of the season, posting a plus-18 with 11 goals and 32 assists. Though there are better true defenders on the roster, Pietrangelo is the unquestioned No. 1 and offensive leader from the blue line. He’s expected to quarterback the power play unit and we should see more offense as he becomes comfortable taking chances.
Pietrangelo had another productive season at the junior level and will make the jump in 2009-10. Does that mean the AHL or the NHL? At this point, there's an opening for a sixth defender on the Blues' blue line because the team opted not to re-sign Mike Weaver. It appears Pietrangelo will have a chance to earn that spot, and he's created some buzz within the organization and throughout the fan base. The Blues could use the offensively-skilled Pietrangelo in their transition game, but he's not likely to crack the top-four this coming season.
At 19, Pietrangelo sits atop the Blues' prospect pile. He played in eight games for St. Louis last season before they sent him back to Niagra of the Ontario Hockey League, where he had 29 points in 36 games. He's a puck-moving defenseman -- something the parent club needs -- who is a high-end offensive talent. Eric Brewer's absence to start the season should create room on the active roster for him, but he's probably not ready to be a top-four defender yet.
The offensive-minded blueliner was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 Entry Draft. He signed an entry-level contract with the Blues and has an outside chance to make the squad out of camp, considering the injury to Eric Johnson and the Blues' lack of offense from their defensemen last season. It is rare that an 18-year-old defenseman makes it to the NHL, but Pietrangelo could very well buck that trend in these circumstances.
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Stays hot with goal
DVegas Golden Knights
June 18, 2021
Pietrangelo scored a goal on three shots and blocked four shots in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canadiens in Game 3.
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Scores both goals in loss
DVegas Golden Knights
June 16, 2021
Pietrangelo scored twice on seven shots and added five hits in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 2.
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Two points in series-clinching win
DVegas Golden Knights
June 10, 2021
Pietrangelo scored a goal on two shots, dished an assist, went plus-2 and added two PIM in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Avalanche in Game 6.
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Assists in consecutive games
DVegas Golden Knights
June 6, 2021
Pietrangelo managed a power-play assist, five blocked shots, three hits and two shots on net in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Avalanche in Game 4.
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Records helper Friday
DVegas Golden Knights
June 4, 2021
Pietrangelo registered an assist, four blocked shots, three shots on goal and two hits in Friday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche in Game 3.
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