Alex Pietrangelo
Alex Pietrangelo
30-Year-Old DefensemanD
Vegas Golden Knights
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $8.8 million AAV deal with the Golden Knights in October of 2020.
Garners assist in Vegas debut
DVegas Golden Knights
January 14, 2021
Pietrangelo had an assist, three blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Ducks.
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Pietrangelo led all Vegas blueliners with 25:30 -- the team used an unconventional 13-forward, five-defensemen roster for the season opener. Pietrangelo has exceeded 40 points in each of the last four seasons and in eight of the last 10. If Thursday is anything to go by, he's going to play a ton of minutes as the top rearguard for the Golden Knights in 2020-21.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    27:28
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:11
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:21
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
24:05
2:45
2:03
2019–20
24:11
3:06
1:50
2020–21
27:28
1:11
1:21
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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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Getting acclimated with new club
DVegas Golden Knights
January 4, 2021
Pietrangelo, who signed a seven-year, $61.6 million contract following eight seasons with the Blues, participated in the first scrimmage with the Golden Knights on Monday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
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Signing with Golden Knights
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October 12, 2020
Pietrangelo and the Golden Knights agreed to a seven-year contract worth $8.8 million annually Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
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Closing in on deal with Vegas
DFree Agent
October 11, 2020
Pietrangelo and the Golden Knights are closing in on a deal, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
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Visiting Vegas
DFree Agent
October 10, 2020
Pietrangelo is traveling to Vegas to meet with the Golden Knights, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
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Could hit free agency
DSt. Louis Blues
September 18, 2020
According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Pietrangelo and the Blues have cut off their contract negotiations.
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