Matt Bartkowski
Matt Bartkowski
31-Year-Old DefensemanD
Minnesota Wild
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Matt Bartkowski in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Wild in June of 2019.
Inks two-way deal with Minnesota
DMinnesota Wild  Minors
June 11, 2019
Bartkowski signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Wild on Tuesday.
Bartkowski essentially spent the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign in the minors, notching four goals and 19 points while posting a plus-11 rating in 70 contests. The 31-year-old blueliner is nothing more than an organizational depth option at this stage in his career and will carry zero fantasy value in 2019-20.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Bartkowski spent most of last year as a healthy scratch with Calgary, suiting up for just 18 games. In those contests, he tallied three assists. Now, he'll look to turn things around with Minnesota, signing a two-way deal with the Wild this offseason. The 30-year-old blueliner will need to impress during training camp in order to claim a spot on the NHL roster to start the hockey year. Even if he does make it, Minnesota has a fairly deep group of defensemen, so Bartkowski could see another season full of healthy scratches. He doesn't have much fantasy value as the 2018-19 season fast approaches.
After being used sparingly over five years in Boston and playing 131 NHL games without scoring a goal, Bartowski appeared in a career-high 80 games as a third-pairing defenseman for the Canucks, scoring six goals and 18 points in 2015-16. His minus-19 rating, however, was second-worst among Vancouver blueliners, and though the 28-year-old is considered a good skater and able puck mover, he’s a depth option at best.
In his first full season with the Bruins, Bartkowski recorded 18 assists with a plus-22 rating and 30 penalty minutes in 64 contests in 2013-14, while helping fill the void created by an injury to Dennis Seidenberg. The 26-year-old Bartkowski - who has 84 NHL games under his belt - is still looking for his first regular-season goal, but despite the lack of tallies, he's a good skater, whose mobility and ability in the transition game are assets to the Bruins' deep blue line corps.
Bartkowski spent the bulk of the 2012-13 season with AHL Providence, where he recorded 24 points in 56 games. In 18 NHL games, including the playoffs, he recorded one goal and four points. Bartkowski was almost traded by the Bruins in a deal that would have landed the team Jarome Iginla, but the organization is probably glad that fell through, as the blueliner played solid and poised hockey while with the big club and is now in line to compete for a full time job in the wake of Andrew Ference’s departure. While he’s not likely to develop into a major fantasy force, Bartkowski skates well and makes a good first pass, traits that will help him perform well in the transition game.
Bartkowski, who recorded 22 points in 50 games for AHL Providence last season, is among the slew of blueliners jostling for position behind the Bruins’ top-six defenders. He has a good shot from the point and is a candidate for an in-season callup, but injuries would have to hit hard for him to achieve fantasy relevance at the NHL level.
Although he appeared in six NHL games this past season, Bartkowski spent most of his time in the AHL, leading the team's defensemen in scoring with five goals and 18 assists in 69 games. His minus-17 rating is worth noting, but his big shot is an asset that could help him earn duty with the big club in 2011-12. As it is, he's one of a handful of young blueliners the team has lined up to seamlessly cycle in when injuries hit.
Bartkowski, acquired from Florida last season in the Dennis Seidenberg trade, is a physical player with a big shot, who gives the Bruins' organization some added blue line depth. He's slated to start the 2010-11 season with AHL Providence.
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Dropped down a level
DMinnesota Wild  Minors
December 31, 2018
Bartkowski was assigned to AHL Iowa on Monday.
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Heads to big club
DMinnesota Wild  Minors
December 29, 2018
The Wild recalled Bartkowski from AHL Iowa on Saturday.
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Waived by Minnesota
DMinnesota Wild  Minors
September 29, 2018
Bartkowski was waived by the Wild on Saturday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
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Secures two-way deal with Wild
DMinnesota Wild  Minors
July 1, 2018
Bartkowski agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with Minnesota worth $650,000.
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Picks up helper in loss
DCalgary Flames  Minors
April 4, 2018
Bartkowski tallied an assist and fired six shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Coyotes.
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