Alex Chiasson
Alex Chiasson
28-Year-Old Right WingRW
Edmonton Oilers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Following a career year in 2018-19, one that saw Chiasson eclipse 20 goals for the first time in his career and finish with 38 points, the 28-year-old winger re-signed with Edmonton on the first day of free agency. If he's able to hold onto a top-six spot in the Oilers lineup, Chiasson could be a solid depth option in most fantasy formats, but with so many changes forthcoming in Edmonton, it remains to be seen where the veteran will fit into a rebuilding roster. If Chiasson winds up playing on a line with either Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl, his fantasy value will increase exponentially. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.3 million contract with the Oilers in July of 2019.
Re-signs with Edmonton
RWEdmonton Oilers
July 1, 2019
Chiasson inked a two-year, $4.3 million contract with the Oilers on Monday, Mark Spector of reports.
Chiasson had his best season yet as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in goals (22) and points (38) in 73 games with Edmonton. The 28-year-old winger's goal total will likely regress in 2019-20, but he should be able to crack the 30-point mark for a second straight campaign if he's able to hold onto his top-six role and a spot on one of the Oilers' power-play units.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Signed to a professional tryout offer during training camp, Chiasson proved to be a capable depth forward for Washington, garnering nine goals and 18 points in 61 games — not including two points in 16 contests during the Capitals' Stanley Cup run. The Quebec native never emerged as a consistent top-six winger, but he possesses enough skill to warrant a look as a depth forward and should latch onto a team as the season draws closer. That said, the 27-year-old's fantasy value would remain limited to deeper formats unless he commands more consistent ice time with another contender.
Yes, he recorded 10 more points in 2016-17 than he had the previous season, but that only adds up to 24 points for Chiasson, who once upon a time was widely considered a potential breakout star. The Montreal native’s modest scoring just didn't cut it in the majority of fantasy circles, and the Flames declined to tender him a qualifying offer, leaving him an unrestricted free agent who’s still searching for a team ahead of the coming campaign. Perhaps the only bright side is that the 26-year-old’s possession game is strong with a 52.05 Corsi For percentage, but unless he can find a team where he fits in just perfectly alongside a star center, Chiasson is unlikely to be on the fantasy radar in the majority of formats.
Just two years ago, Chiasson was the centerpiece of a trade for Jason Spezza after putting up a 35-point rookie season, but after suffering through two progressively more disappointing seasons in Ottawa, he was moved westward cheaply to the Flames in June, and they signed him to a one-year deal. Now he’ll go to work as their third-line right winger, looking to put the past behind him and get back to the glory days. There’s most likely no big breakout coming here, but Chiasson could be helpful to owners in deep leagues if he can mesh well with third-line center (and potential star) Sam Bennett. Watch his shot rate early in the year – when he’s putting pucks on net consistently, he can be dangerous.
Life in Ottawa last season turned out to be less friendly to Chiasson than life in Dallas the year before, as he experienced a significant drop in ice time and especially power-play time. Unsurprisingly, that resulted in a decline in offensive output, as he fell from 35 points in his first full NHL season to 26 last year. A big body at 6-foot-4, Chiasson hasn't quite learned to play a power forward's game yet, and it's again going to be tough for him to find his way into a more featured role this year, as Mark Stone and Bobby Ryan are locked in as the Sens' top two right wings.
Chiasson was acquired from the Stars in exchange for Jason Spezza, and while the youngster is by no means as valuable to fantasy owners as Spezza, it doesn't mean he's not a good player. The winger is expected to get top-six minutes from the start playing alongside David Legwand and Milan Michalek, and skating along two seasoned veterans might be just what the 23-year-old Chiasson needs to take the next step in his game. He racked up 13 goals and 22 assists in 79 games for the Stars last season, and could have an even bigger impact in his sophomore campaign.
Chiasson enjoyed a fine start in the AHL (32 points in 53 games) in his first season as a pro and hit the ground running with six goals in seven games when called up to the NHL. Unfortunately, that promise was cut short when he suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season. He showed a nose for the net in his brief NHL stint and figures to compete for a spot on the top two lines when training camp opens. His size will help him get to the front of the net and there's 20-goal potential there if he can get regular time among the top six.
Chiasson may be the most NHL-ready of Dallas' forward prospects after completing a collegiate career at Boston University. He racked up 46 points in 38 games there last year and saw some brief time in the AHL late in the season. Dallas' activity in the free agent market should keep Chiasson in the AHL to begin the year, but he projects as a top-six forward as he matures.
Chiasson had a standout sophomore season at BU, leading the team in scoring and was 2nd overall in underclassmen scoring in Hockey East. He projects as a solid power forward in the NHL, something the Stars have been good in developing in recent years (James Neal, Jamie Benn, Steve Ott and Brenden Morrow)
Chiasson will begin his career at Boston University this season after being selected 38th overall by Dallas in the 2009 draft. He has plenty of size and strength to project to a solid NHLer, though there have been questions about his work ethic at times.
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Posts two points
RWEdmonton Oilers
April 6, 2019
Chiasson scored a power-play goal an added an assist in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Flames.
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Snags two helpers
RWEdmonton Oilers
March 27, 2019
Chiasson bagged a pair of assists in Tuesday's 8-4 victory over the Kings.
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Picks up helper
RWEdmonton Oilers
March 16, 2019
Chiasson recorded one assist and two hits in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win against the Coyotes.
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Reaches 20-goal mark
RWEdmonton Oilers
March 13, 2019
Chiasson scored on the power play in a 6-3 loss to the Devils on Wednesday.
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Gathers helper
RWEdmonton Oilers
March 11, 2019
Chiasson picked up a power-play assist in a 3-2 overtime win versus the Rangers on Monday.
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