Marco Scandella
Marco Scandella
29-Year-Old DefensemanD
Buffalo Sabres
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There's not much to get excited about with Scandella. He's never scored more than 23 points in a season and will have trouble even sniffing that total here, as he'll likely be glued to the third pairing in what has become a much deeper Sabres defense corps. Scandella-level contributors are a dime a dozen, and you're better off turning to one that doesn't have a minus-28 rating over the past two seasons. Read Past Outlooks
$Agreed to a five-year, $20 million contract extension with the Wild in November of 2014.
Back in action
DBuffalo Sabres
November 14, 2019
Scandella (lower body) is in the projected lineup for Thursday's game against Carolina, NHL.com's Heather Engel reports.
ANALYSIS
Scandella has missed Buffalo's last six games due to a lower-body injury, but he was a full participant at Wednesday's practice, which was the first sign that he might be an option against the Hurricanes. The 29-year-old is expected to skate alongside Henri Jokiharju on the Sabres' bottom pairing Thursday.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:10
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:04
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:53
 
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1:31
2:41
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0:04
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Scandella is the type of two-way defenseman whose abilities don't translate well to fantasy. He scored 20 points for the third time in four seasons and averaged a career-high 23 minutes per game, but also finished with a minus-15 rating, his worst total since his rookie season. He's miscast as a top-pair defenseman and his minutes will be cut with the addition of 2018 first overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin on a blue line that's expected to begin the season with healthy bodies. Scandella's a dependable hitter and shot blocker, so he'll see plenty of ice against the opposition's top lines and on the penalty kill, but neither of those situations are favorable headwinds for the 28-year-old defenseman in standard fantasy leagues.
A logjam on the blue line and a cap crunch led to Scandella’s trade from Minnesota to Buffalo, where he’s expected to play a top-four role and help improve the team’s penalty kill. Scandella appeared in 71 games with the Wild last season, but the former double-digit-goal scorer finished the season with just four markers, 13 total points and a minus-2 rating -- shocking on a team that had multiple players post ratings north of plus-30 -- while seeing his ice time cut back by more than two minutes per game. he'll see more action in Buffalo on a relatively young blue line, though, maybe even serving as Rasmus Ristolainen’s stay-at-home complement on the top pairing. With the 27-year-old's modest offensive abilities are more than counterbalanced by his commitment to defensive play, it’s unwise to expect a major spike in scoring from Scandella.
A double-digit-goal season in 2014-15 had Scandella looking ready for a breakout, but he put forth a quiet five goals and 21 points while mostly being deployed in a defense-oriented role last year. That role is the crux of his issue – he sees much more time on the penalty kill than the power play, and he appears ticketed for a third-pairing role once again. Scandella’s done a lot with the minutes he’s gotten, but there’s a limit to what he can achieve while buried on the depth chart.
Scandella is coming off a banner year offensively. The 25-year-old blueliner set career marks in goals (11) and points (23) despite playing just 64 games. Unsurprisingly, Scandella's breakout was aided by a personal best in shooting percentage, as he converted on 9.8 percent of his chances, a mark more than three points higher than his career average. Playing in the team’s top-four while also seeing ice time on the power play, Scandella has strong upside when it comes to offensive production from the blue line, and at 25, is entering the prime years of his development. At an imposing 6-foot-3, Scandella presents an interesting counter to undersized defensive partner Jared Spurgeon, and could also raise his hit and blocked shot totals to new heights if health permits.
Scandella tallied three goals and 14 assists through 76 games last season. In many ways, it's tough to see these as breakout numbers for the young defender, but thy were career-highs. His upside isn't gigantic, but with the departure of Clayton Stoner, Scandella should see consistent time in the top-four for Minnesota.
Scandella is a tough, stay-at-home defender who spent most of 2012-13 in the AHL. But he's pretty much guaranteed a roster spot in 2013-14 because he'll need to clear waivers to get sent down. And there are probably a dozen or more teams that would love to have a wide wing span, no-nonsense defender to help them keep their kitchen clear. Now, he has struggled with plus-minus in the past, but the addition of Ryan Suter and the emergence of Jonas Brodin has helped stabilize the Wild's back end. And that environment might give Scandella a boost. His best contribution to fantasy will be blocked shots -- he has no issues throwing himself in front of 95 mph slap shots. Draft him only if you need that specialization.
Welcome to the top four, Mr. Scandella. His plus-minus was atrocious (minus-22 in 63 games) last season, but the arrival of Ryan Suter will take the defensive pressure off all of the Wild's young blueliners. Scandella plays a smart, steady game and makes a solid first pass. He also has underrated offensive skills, courtesy of a big slapper that shows well on the power play. His game will definitely grow this season and 25 points is within reach.
Scandella, a 21-year-old defenseman, made the important jump to the NHL last season but experienced a reality check after posting a minus-9 rating with just two points in 20 games with the Wild. The smooth skater also spent 33 games with AHL Houston, Minnesota's minor league affiliate, collecting three goals and 16 assists in the regular season. It's worth noting that Scandellla dealt with a concussion and a broken finger in 2011, otherwise his NHL numbers could have been more impressive. The offseason departure of Brent Burns leaves a gaping hole in the Wild defense, making Scandella a candidate for an expanded role at the NHL level in 2011-12.
Hockey is in Scandella's blood. His uncle was one-time NHL player Sergio Momesso and his brother plays for the Italian national team. The defenseman has the skills to be a good player one day in the NHL. He has great mobility, is a strong skater and possess great balance, which is important for a defenseman to have. However, he's not a very physical player. He has good size, 6-foot-2, 190 lbs, for a 20-year-old. This 2008, second round pick, has a few more seasons in the minors.
Scandella has the size and talent to be a shut-down defenseman, but he's likely a couple of years off from being considering for a roster spot with the Wild.
The Wild took Scandella in the second round (55th overall) of this summer's entry draft. He'll likely start this season in Houston of the AHL.
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Practicing Wednesday
DBuffalo Sabres
Lower Body
November 13, 2019
Scandella (lower body) will join the team for practice Wednesday.
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Lands on IR
DBuffalo Sabres
Lower Body
November 3, 2019
Scandella (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Sunday.
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Set to miss more time
DBuffalo Sabres
Lower Body
October 27, 2019
The team announced Sunday that Scandella (lower body) is slated to miss 2-to-3 weeks.
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Ruled out versus Wings
DBuffalo Sabres
Lower Body
October 25, 2019
Scandella (lower body) will not be in the lineup against Detroit on Friday.
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Injured Thursday
DBuffalo Sabres
Lower Body
October 24, 2019
Coach Ralph Krueger said following Thursday's loss to the Rangers that Scandella is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
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