Matt Calvert
Matt Calvert
29-Year-Old Left WingLW
Colorado Avalanche
Out
Injury Upper Body
Est. Return 5/31/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Calvert's high-energy playing style made him a fan favorite in Columbus, but it also left him susceptible to injuries, and he played in fewer than 70 games last year for the fourth time in the last five seasons. When he's on the ice, the 28-year-old does all the dirty work you could want on a checking line; fighting for pucks in the corners, laying hits, and occasionally lighting the lamp on a deflection or goalmouth scramble. Calvert will bring his intensity to the Avalanche after signing a three-year deal in the offseason, but don't expect his role to change in a new uniform. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $8.4 million contract with the Avalanche in July of 2018.
Unable to shake injury bug
LWColorado Avalanche
May 10, 2019
Calvert missed Wednesday's Game 7 loss to the Sharks due to an upper-body injury.
ANALYSIS
Although Calvert was unable to rejoin the lineup prior to Colorado's elimination from the playoffs, his upper-body injury isn't believed to be overly serious, so he should be back to 100 percent well ahead of next season's training camp. The veteran forward will play an important role for the Avalanche as a penalty-killing specialist in 2019-20, but his lack of offensive upside will keep him off the radar in most fantasy formats.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:12
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:13
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:15
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
13:21
0:08
1:42
2017–18
13:23
0:17
1:32
2018–19
14:12
0:13
2:15
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A prototypical energy player for a team’s checking line, Calvert’s willingness to get physical despite his lack of size continues to cost him, as he missed double-digit games last year due to injury for the third time in the last four seasons. When he’s on the ice he is capable of supplying a little offense, scoring double-digit goals for the third straight campaign, but the 27-year-old is facing increasing pressure from a number of young forwards coming up through the Blue Jackets’ system and could see his minutes continue to dwindle. After getting passed over by Las Vegas in the expansion draft, Calvert will head into the final year of his current contract looking to prove to prospective future employers that he can stay healthy
Calvert played in a career-high 73 games last year, but wasn't able to to turn the extra ice time into extra production, tying his previous career high with 24 points. He's purely a bottom-six grinder, and as young prospects like Oliver Bjorkstrand and Sonny Milano start pushing for NHL jobs, Calvert could find himself on the roster bubble.
Calvert's abrasive, high-energy style took its toll on his body last season and limited him to 56 games, but he did set career highs with 24 points and 53 PIM. He's a great fit for the Blue Jackets' third line, and could produce useful numbers in a multi-category league if he plays a full campaign, but his lack of size could continue to leave him susceptible to injuries.
The undersized Calvert solidified a spot for himself last season in the Blue Jackets' bottom six, providing energy, a blue collar work ethic and some surprising scoring punch down the stretch. He won't see enough top unit ice time to ever be a big fantasy contributor, but Calvert is showing signs of developing into a player the opposition hates to see hop over the boards.
Calvert hit the wall hard as a sophomore, managing just three assists in 13 NHL games, but his 17 goals, 36 points and 52 PIMs in 56 AHL games speak to his potential as a two-way forward. The Blue Jackets will be looking for grit and any offense they can get this season, so if Calvert can start to harness his skills, he has a chance to replicate those AHL numbers on the bigger stage.
Calvert didn't look out of place at all in his first taste of the NHL, scoring 11 goals and 20 points in 42 games while maintaining a positive plus-minus rating on a team that got outscored by half-a-goal a night on average. He's got some offensive upside once he's established himself as a big league regular, but for now look for him to pay his dues on an energy line, or riding the Columbus-Springfield shuttle.
Could have an NHL future as a second/third line winger, but he's still a year or two away from regular duty.
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Remains unavailable
LWColorado Avalanche
Upper Body
May 8, 2019
Calvert (upper body) wasn't on the ice for Wednesday's morning skate, which indicates he likely won't be in the lineup for Game 7 against San Jose, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
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Still sidelined with injury
LWColorado Avalanche
Upper Body
May 6, 2019
Calvert -- who sat out Game 5 due to an upper-body injury, per Josh Dubow of The Durango Herald -- was absent from Monday's game-day skate and figures to miss Game 6 against San Jose, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
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Notches assist
LWColorado Avalanche
May 2, 2019
Calvert posted an assist and two shots in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Sharks in Game 4.
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Will play in Game 4
LWColorado Avalanche
May 1, 2019
Calvert will lace up the skates for Thursday's Game 4 against the Sharks, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.
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Officially considered questionable
LWColorado Avalanche
Upper Body
May 1, 2019
Calvert (upper body) is considered questionable for Thursday's Game 4 against San Jose, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
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