Derek Dorsett
Derek Dorsett
32-Year-Old Right WingRW
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Injuries hindered Dorsett so much in the past two seasons that he decided to hang up the skates. At only 31 years of age, it looked like he still had some hockey left in him, as he was enjoying a successful start in 2017 with seven goals and 74 PIM in just 20 games. In terms of production, he went out on a high note. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $10.6 million contract extension with the Canucks in April 2015.
Hangs up the skates
RWVancouver Canucks  Free Agent
November 30, 2017
Dorsett (neck) has decided to officially end his NHL career due to health risks incurred from playing again.
Dorsett returned to Vancouver on Tuesday to undergo evaluation from the team's medical staff, which must have revealed something involving his neck that would involve further risks if he continued to play. The 30-year-old finishes his career having amassed 127 points (51 goals, 76 assists) and a whopping 1,314 penalty minutes over 515 contests.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Injuries limited Dorsett to just 14 games in 2016-17, where he managed four points and 33 PIM. While he’s now healthy and ready for the upcoming season, Dorsett isn't known for his offense and is usually slotted into a bottom-six role. The feisty winger did manage seven goals and 25 points in his first season with Vancouver, but he’s more regarded for his whopping PIM and hit totals. Dorsett is most certainly a gamble entering the 2017-18 fantasy season, but even if he does stay healthy, he'll make more of an impact with his physical presence than he will with his scoring.
Dorsett was a productive bottom-six forward in his first year with Vancouver, contributing seven goals and a career-high 25 points in 79 games. While he only averaged 12:02 of ice time and doesn’t play on the power play, Dorsett was valuable in some deeper leagues due to his whopping 175 PIM, two shorthanded goals and three game-winning tallies. While the 28-year-old won’t put up big offensive numbers, he dished out 166 hits in 2014-15 and has recorded at least 100 PIM in each of his six full NHL seasons, so he's very valuable in specialty formats. The epitome of a bottom-six forward, don’t expect the feisty Dorsett to make any huge leap in terms of offensive production this year.
Dorsett played in 51 games last season with the Rangers, tallying four goals and four assists alongside 128 PIM, and arrived in a Vancouver in late-June trade. The 27-year-old has appeared in an average of 57 games over the past four seasons, with his best season coming with Columbus in 2011-2012 where he notched 12 goals and 20 points. He is unlikely to provide much fantasy value outside of PIM and will battle for a spot on the team’s fourth line.
Acquired in part for Marian Gaborik at last season's trading deadline, Dorsett has yet to appear in a regular season game for the blue shirts. Having come over from Columbus' IR with a broken clavicle, it wasn't until the first round playoff match up with the Washington Capitals that the Rangers got their first look at their new bruiser. Currently under contract for another two years, the 6'0, 190-pound Saskatchewan native registered a minus-1 with an assist, 28 hits and 28 penalty minutes through 11 playoff games last season. While the veteran enforcer of five seasons has some flair for offense (27 goals, 38 assists), with 727 penalty minutes through 280 NHL career games, Dorsett is a sure bet for exclusive checking line minutes. At this point, he should only be considered if your statistical need is hits and penalty minutes.
Dorsett was one of the few Blue Jackets to perform better than expected in 2011-2012, posting career highs in goals (12), points (20) and PIMs with 235 in 77 games. He fights above his weight class often enough to be an injury risk, making a repeat of those numbers unlikely, but with Columbus likely trying to build a physical, scrappy team in the wake of Rick Nash's departure, Dorsett could well end up as the team's poster boy. In deep leagues that reward penalty minutes, enforcers with double-digit goal and triple-digit PIM totals are a nice way to round out your roster.
Dorsett was extra-feisty last season, nearly matching Blue Jackets' enforcer Jared Boll with 184 PIMs while chipping in 17 points in 76 games. He's developing into one of the NHL's best agitators, and a 25-point, 200-PIM season isn't out of the question.
Fourth line agitator managed 14 points and 105 PIMs in just 51 games in '09-'10.
Hard-nosed rookie scored five points with 150 PIMs in 52 games on the Blue Jackets' fourth line, and should provide more of the same in '09-'10.
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Returns to Vancouver for evaluation
RWVancouver Canucks  Free Agent
November 21, 2017
Dorsett (neck) returned to Vancouver on Tuesday to be evaluated by the Canucks' medical staff.
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GM appeals instigator ruling
RWVancouver Canucks  Free Agent
November 11, 2017
Canucks GM Jim Benning is appealing Dorsett's instigator penalty from Thursday night's loss to the Ducks, Ben Kuzma of The Vancouver Province reports. This is noteworthy because if the appeal is denied, the winger would receive a two-game suspension if he commits a third instigator infraction.
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Nets seventh goal in victory
RWVancouver Canucks  Free Agent
November 8, 2017
Dorsett tallied his seventh goal of the season in Tuesday's win over the Flames.
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Stays hot against Detroit
RWVancouver Canucks  Free Agent
October 22, 2017
Dorsett scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season in Sunday's win over Detroit.
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Puts together impressive fantasy night
RWVancouver Canucks  Free Agent
October 20, 2017
Dorsett scored his second goal of the season and was tagged for 17 PIM in Thursday's loss to the Bruins.
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