Justin Faulk
Justin Faulk
26-Year-Old DefensemanD
Carolina Hurricanes
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Faulk was a major disappointment last season as he finished with just 31 points and a career-worst minus-26 rating. Once considered a leader on the team (and co-captain last season along with Jordan Staal), Faulk has shown flashes of brilliance in the past (49 points in 2014-15), but he's seen his value plummet in recent years along with his scoring ability. Following the Canes' major acquisition of Dougie Hamilton from Calgary in June, the team is set to enter the 2018-19 season with a top-three blue-line corps of Hamilton, Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce, thus rendering Faulk largely expendable, and excellent trade bait in its search for a proven No. 1 goaltender. Thus, don't be surprised if he's playing for a different team come October. Production-wise, the 26-year-old Faulk is still considered to be in his prime, so a return to the 40-point range is not out of the question. Read Past Outlooks
No longer a 40-point scorer
DCarolina Hurricanes
November 18, 2018
Faulk has just three assists in his last 10 games, and just eight points on the season thus far (one goal, seven assists).
Faulk scored a career-high 49 points back in 2014-15 and, at the time, looked to be establishing himself as an elite scoring defenseman for years to come. Unfortunately, it's been all downhill for Faulk since then, as his point totals have consistently landed in the mid-30's ever since that record season four years ago. Now skating on the Canes' second defensive pairing with Calvin de Haan, he is currently on pace for yet another 30-plus campaign, giving him only modest fantasy value in most formats.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Faulk failed to live up to expectations yet again in 2016-17, posting an underwhelming 37 points for the second consecutive season. Furthermore, from a plus-minus perspective, his minus-18 last year ranked him second worst among Hurricanes defensemen, and marked the third straight time he landed in negative double-digit territory. Overall, there was a time when Faulk was considered one of the NHL’s most promising young blueliners following his 49-point season in 2014-15 (12th among NHL defensemen), but he has regressed badly over the past two seasons and no longer carries this distinction. The good news is that after missing 18 games with an assortment of injuries two seasons ago, Faulk played in 75 of 82 last year, making his durability less of a concern heading into the 2017-18 campaign. At just 24 years old, Faulk still has an impressive offensive skill set, meaning a rebound season is certainly not out of the question. However, with a mediocre supporting cast in Raleigh, the chances of returning to elite form are not encouraging. He remains very much a high-risk, high-reward player from a fantasy perspective.
Faulk had a terrific start to the 2015-16 season with 30 points in his first 36 games leading up to Dec. 27, but faded badly after that. He had just four points in his next 18 games before suffering an ankle injury in early February, missing the better part of six weeks, and returning for the Hurricanes' last nine regular season games. Faulk remains one of the game's better offensive defensemen, however, he continues to be hampered by a weak supporting cast, and also needs to show he can maintain a strong level of consistency for a full season. He should definitely be on your draft list next year, but don't overpay to get him
After emerging on the fringe of the fantasy radar with a 32-point campaign in 2013-14, Faulk took a quantum leap forward this past season. The 23-year-old announced himself as a dangerous offensive defenseman, potting 15 goals and supplying 49 points in 82 games. The puck-moving blueliner finished third among all NHL defensemen with seven power-play goals, helping the Hurricanes’ man advantage unit operate at an impressive 18.8 percent success rate. He also finished fourth among all NHL rearguards with a whopping 238 shots on goal and contributed a clutch four game-winning tallies. Faulk’s willingness to jump into the play and his tremendous offensive instincts could make him a top-10 fantasy blueliner entering the 2015-16 season, if he's not already being universally viewed as such. The youngster epitomizes everything you could want in an under-25 defenseman, and with talented newcomer James Wisniewski potentially set to become Faulk’s new power-play partner, there's no reason the 2010 second-round draft pick can’t make a run at the 50-point mark this season.
Last season, Faulk set career-highs in points (32), games played (76), shots on goal (152) and blocked shots (102), while proving to be one of the Hurricanes’ better blue line options, playing on the top defensive pairing alongside Andrej Sekera. In return, the team inked Faulk to a six-year, $29 million contract extension in March, which should keep him in Raleigh long term. From a fantasy standpoint, perhaps the biggest knock against Faulk is his supporting cast, as the ‘Canes are one of the weaker teams in the league offensively (2.50 goals per game in 2013-14; 22nd in the league), giving him few high-scoring teammates to dish the puck to every night. However, at just 21 years old, Faulk has not yet hit his prime and figures to keep getting better.
Faulk is a talented offensive defenseman with upside. He had 15 points in 38 games last season. He is just 19 but the potential is there for him to become a solid value buy for alert fantasy owners. But, your window for a steal maybe fast closing as Faulk is a strong candidate to make the U.S. roster for the upcoming 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
If you find yourself looking for a promising, young defenseman, be certain to target Faulk, who finished second among rookie defensemen in points with 22. Faulk saw substantial power-play time in his 66 games and led the Hurricanes in average time on ice; 12 of his 22 points came on the power play. A hapless defensive club, Carolina looked to get their 2010 second-round selection involved with the big club early and often this past season, and will likely give him a similarly high number of opportunities to develop in 2012-2013. Faulk is of more value in keeper leagues and has much upside in deep single-season seasons as well.
Evidently in need of blueliners for the future, the Hurricanes selected five defensemen between seven rounds of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, with the American-born Faulk hearing his name called in the second round (No. 37 overall). As a freshman for the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2010-11, Faulk registered 33 points (8 G, 25 A) and 47 penalty minutes in 39 games before winning a national title with his collegiate club in 2011. The high-scoring rearguard also was able to get a head start on his pro career by appearing in three rounds of the 2011 Calder Cup playoffs with the Charlotte Checkers, the Hurricanes’ minor league affiliate. It’s reasonable to expect more seasoning out of Faulk before he heads to the NHL, but his signing a three-year contract with the Hurricanes last April tells us that Carolina is serious about the young prospect. He’ll be one to consider for keeper leagues in the near future.
The Hurricanes went after Faulk with the 37th pick of the 2010 Entry Draft. At an even 6-foot, Faulk is on the shorter side for a defenseman, but he compensates by handling the puck well and having a rifle for a shot. Faulk is just another hint that Carolina wants to pump more offense into their blue line for the future.
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Notches helper in loss
DCarolina Hurricanes
November 3, 2018
Faulk snapped a three-game point drought with an assist in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Coyotes.
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Two helpers in win
DCarolina Hurricanes
October 7, 2018
Faulk added a pair of assists in Sunday's 8-5 win over the Rangers.
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In danger of losing top-pairing role
DCarolina Hurricanes
September 6, 2018
Faulk, who sustained an upper-body injury to cut his 2017-18 campaign short, could slide down the depth chart in favor of Brett Pesce this season, Scott Burnside of The Athletic reports.
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Drawing trade interest
DCarolina Hurricanes
Upper Body
May 17, 2018
Faulk (upper body) is garnering league-wide attention, as he's a candidate to be traded with the Hurricanes said to be in the market for a goaltender, NHL.com reports.
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Future in question after disappointing season
DCarolina Hurricanes
Upper Body
April 22, 2018
Faulk (upper body) took a step back in 2017-18, finishing with just 31 points in 76 games (eight goals, 23 assists) and with a career-worst minus-26 rating.
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