Nick Bonino
Nick Bonino
30-Year-Old CenterC
Nashville Predators
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Let's face it - Bonino's first year in Nashville was pretty much a bust. Signed as a free agent in the offseason, Bonino was brought in to center the Predators' second line, but after scoring just one point in the first five games followed by a lower-body injury, the Preds realized he was not the right fit. Cue the arrival of Kyle Turris, who showed instant chemistry with Craig Smith and Kevin Fiala, pushing Bonino down to a checking-line role on the third line. Bonino still averaged 15:38 in ice time, however 2:05 of that was spent killing penalties. He finished the regular season with just 25 points - 12 fewer than the previous season with Pittsburgh, and he didn't see any meaningful time on the power play, either, compared to the 1:44 average ice time and 11 points he registered with the Pens. Looking ahead, it's hard to envision a situation where Bonino sees any more on-ice responsibility than he did last season, provided Ryan Johansen and Kyle Turris stay healthy. From a fantasy perspective, Bonino is more a case of "buyer beware" because you just never know what kind of season he's going to deliver. Read Past Outlooks
Early season struggles continue
CNashville Predators
October 12, 2018
Bonino was held off the scoresheet for a fourth consecutive game in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Jets.
Bonino did log a season-high 17:39 in ice time, but this was mostly due to spending 7:43 on the power play. Despite the elevated playing time, he still finished the game with zero shots on goal and spent most of his time at even strength on the third line. Bonino scored a career-worst 25 points last season, and this year isn't shaping up to be any better. Avoid him.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
During his two years with the Penguins, Bonino was stuck as a third-line center behind likely Hall of Famers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but he still managed to rack up a respectable 66 points in 143 regular-season outings, not to mention robust postseason production -- though he missed the final four games of the Stanley Cup Finals to a broken leg. Now with the Predators, the 29-year-old figures to center the second line and potentially the No. 1 power-play unit, which would naturally come with an uptick in ice time. Assuming he comes back in full health, fantasy owners shouldn't be surprised to see Bonino challenge the career-high 49 points he tallied during the 2013-14 campaign.
Few players have gone from shockingly bad to shockingly good the way Bonino did in 2015-16. Despite averaging 0.46 points per game through his first six NHL seasons, the center scored only four goals and 13 points in his first 50 games with Pittsburgh. Fortunately for him, a midseason trade and ensuing line shakeup changed Bonino’s fortune and that of the Penguins. Along with the Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel, coach Mike Sullivan put Bonino at center on a unit which would go on to become the vaunted HBK Line. The center collected 16 points in the final 13 regular-season contests and added 18 points in 24 playoff games en route to the Stanley Cup. Bonino’s play lends itself to injury – he blocked 50 shots while playing through a postseason elbow infection – but look for at least a half-point-per-game pace from him when that trio is together.
Bonino got off to a red-hot start in his first season with Vancouver, but went through a massive cold stretch during the middle of the year before finishing the season strong. The 26-year-old’s inconsistent play may have been one of the reasons he was shipped to Pittsburgh during the offseason in exchange for the more versatile Brandon Sutter. Coming off a 15-goal, 39-point season, the 6-foot-1 center comes to a Pittsburgh team that already has its top two pivot positions filled by superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Thus, Bonino will likely slot in as the team’s third-line center. The Penguins are so loaded with the offseason acquisition of Phil Kessel that their second power-play unit, which is projected to include Bonino along with Olli Maatta, David Perron and Chris Kunitz, will likely produce a ton of goals. Bonino managed just one power-play tally last season after striking a career-high seven times with the man advantage in 203-14 with the Ducks, so look for him to bounce back in that department. Although he isn’t a major point producer, he has a terrific shot that should make a 20-goal season with the offensively loaded Penguins a realistic objective.
Bonino and Luca Sbisa arrived from the Ducks in an offseason deal that saw star forward Ryan Kesler head south. Bonino is coming off a great year in Anaheim in which he recorded a career-high 22 goals and 49 points. He was absolutely lethal on the power play, recording seven goals and 20 points. And he proved his regular season was no fluke later on in the playoffs, helping the Ducks to the second round with four goals and eight points in 13 postseason games. With his new squad, Bonino should slot in as the team’s second-line center, while serving as a fixture on the power play. Much is expected of Bonino, but he’s no Ryan Kesler. Prior to last season, the 26-year-old had never recorded more than 18 points in a season. He should be a decent fantasy contributor in Vancouver, but don’t expect much more than 20 goals.
Despite having a torn hamstring in March, Bonino was able to return and record 13 points in the 27 games in which he played. He also logged four points during the Ducks' first round playoff loss to the Red Wings. This will be an important season for Bonino. Not only is a contract year, but it's also his first real shot at a significant top-six role. He will compete for the job of second-line center and will provide decent production if he wins it. Left-coast guys tend to drop in drafts, so you might be able to score him as a later-round keeper as a result. Watch him carefully in camp.
Bonino played a career-high 50 games last season, registering five goals and 13 assists. He should remain a depth forward for the Ducks and does not provide a great amount of fantasy value.
Bonino, who played sparingly in 26 games with the Ducks last year, signed a one-year deal with the team this past July. He went scoreless averaging 9:48 of ice time in the NHL, and mostly played with Syracuse in the AHL. The rookie center will be competing for time on the fourth line this season and should see a lot of action in the preseason.
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Joining Team USA for World Championship
CNashville Predators
May 11, 2018
Bonino was added to the USA roster for the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
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Leads Predators in series clincher
CNashville Predators
April 22, 2018
Bonino posted a goal and three points with a plus-3 rating in a 5-0 victory over the Avalanche on Sunday night. The Predators won the first-round series 4-2.
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Scores team's only goal
CNashville Predators
April 20, 2018
Bonino slid a goal in off his skate, but his side didn't get anything else in the net in a 2-1 loss to Colorado in Game 5 on Friday.
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Records multi-point night
CNashville Predators
April 1, 2018
Bonino scored a goal and an assist in a 7-4 loss to the Sabres on Saturday.
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Posts rare assist in win over Avs
CNashville Predators
March 17, 2018
Bonino snapped a four-game pointless streak with an assist in Friday's win over the Avalanche.
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