Justin Faulk
Justin Faulk
27-Year-Old DefensemanD
St. Louis Blues
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Faulk's 49-point campaign from 2014-15 looks like an aberration, but he's still a useful source of offense from the blue line. The 27-year-old defenseman has scored between 31 and 37 points in each of the four subsequent campaigns, adding over 200 shots on goal in each of the last three seasons. Carolina's improved roster also finally helped mask Faulk's defensive shortcomings, as he finished with a career-best plus-9 rating in 2018-19 after combining for a minus-85 mark over the previous four years. If Faulk can maintain the improved rating, there's little not to like about him later in drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a sever-year, $45.5 million contract extension with the Blues in September of 2019.
Notches assist
DSt. Louis Blues
November 6, 2019
Faulk managed an assist, four blocked shots and two hits in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Oilers.
Faulk's contribution to the offense came on Robert Thomas' second-period goal. It's been a bit of a slow adjustment to the Blues for the 27-year-old, who is up to six helpers in 17 games. Faulk topped 30 points in each of the last six campaigns, but he also never skated less than an average of 22 minutes per game in any season with the Hurricanes. He's averaging only 20:39 in 2019-20, which could account for some of his struggles on offense.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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 secondary helper
DSt. Louis Blues
November 3, 2019
Faulk recorded an assist, a shot on net and a hit in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win against the Wild.
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Drops to third pairing
DSt. Louis Blues
October 17, 2019
Faulk will play on the third defensive pairing alongside Vince Dunn in Thursday's game against the Canucks, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
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Dealt to St. Louis
DSt. Louis Blues
September 24, 2019
The Hurricanes traded Faulk and a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Blues in exchange for Joel Edumndson, Dominik Bokk and a 2021 seventh-round pick Tuesday. Faulk has also signed a seven-year, $45.5 million contract extension with St. Louis.
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Subject of trade talks
DCarolina Hurricanes
September 10, 2019
The Hurricanes have a deal in place that would send Faulk to the Ducks, Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
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Two helpers in Game 4
DCarolina Hurricanes
May 3, 2019
Faulk registered two assists and seven hits in Friday's 5-2 win over the Islanders in Game 4.
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