Victor Rask
Victor Rask
25-Year-Old CenterC
Minnesota Wild
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Rask's 2017-18 season was nothing short of a colossal disappointment. After coming tantalizingly close to the 50-point plateau the previous two seasons (with 45 and 48 points, respectively), Rask finished with just 31 points in 71 games - the worst output of his career. Once pegged as a potential No.1 center for the Canes, Rask played mostly on the third and fourth lines last season, and even sat as a healthy scratch for two games in November. Unfortunately, his production never really improved following the benching, although he did have 11 points in 17 games before missing the final seven games of the season with a shoulder injury. Rask will miss several months after lacerating two fingers in a kitchen accident in training camp, but will eventually aim to get his career back on track following an organizational shakeup at the end of last season that resulted in new ownership, a new GM (Don Waddell) and a new head coach (Rod Brind'Amour). Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $24 million contract with the Hurricanes in July of 2016.
Preparing for Wild debut
CMinnesota Wild
January 19, 2019
Rask will debut for Minnesota on Saturday against the Blue Jackets, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Coach Bruce Boudreau obviously has already done his homework on Rask, who was traded from Carolina on Thursday for Nino Niederreiter, telling reporters Saturday morning that the center is a "good two-way player" with a "sneaky shot." Rask definitely could use a change of scenery after producing only six points through his first 26 games of the 2018-19 campaign, but in fairness, he did get off to a late start due to a kitchen accident that resulted in lacerated fingers.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:48
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:07
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
  • Average Time On Ice:
    12:02
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:50
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:05
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
17:18
2:08
0:23
2017–18
15:23
2:07
0:01
2018–19
14:48
2:07
0:00
2018–19
12:02
1:50
0:05
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After signing a six-year, $24 million contract last July and being named one of the Hurricanes’ alternate captains, Rask looked like he was going to be a leader on the ice after opening the season with 15 points in his first 17 games. However, he was wildly inconsistent after that, scoring just eight goals over his last 65 games. He went pointless during one 14-game stretch from mid-January to mid-February and finished the season with just 45 points and a minus-10 rating. At just 24 years old, there is still plenty of time for Rask to establish himself as a legitimate top-six player in the NHL, but he needs to develop more consistency on a nightly basis. Cracking the 50-point plateau would be an important first step.
Rask took a big step up in his second NHL season, tallying 48 points (21 goals, 27 assists) in 80 appearances, a 15-point spike over his rookie campaign. Primarily splitting time between the second and third lines last season, the 23-year-old Swede should be back in the mix for a top-six role. Specifically, he is a leading candidate to center the Canes’ second line in the absence of longtime captain Eric Staal, who was traded to the Rangers in February and subsequently signed with Minnesota in the offseason. Rask did have minor shoulder surgery in May, but the Hurricanes expect him to be healthy prior to the start of the upcoming campaign. Having signed a six-year, $24 million contract in July, the young pivot will be a building block of the franchise for years to come.
Expectations were high right out of the gate for Rask last year, as he was tabbed early on by GM Ron Francis as one of the rookies who was expected to make the team out of training camp. In fact, not only did Rask secure himself a roster spot following a strong preseason, but he was bumped up to center the team’s first line after Jordan Staal opened the season on IR with a broken leg. Overall, Rask enjoyed a very productive rookie season, finishing the year with 33 points in 80 games. This upcoming season, Rask is expected to return to his role as the team’s second-line center alongside Nathan Gerbe and Chris Terry.
A former second-round pick by the Hurricanes in 2011, Rask, 21, seems to be on the cusp of an arrival to the parent club. The 21-year-old supplied 16 goals and 23 assists over 76 games with AHL Charlotte last season, his second in the minors. After an impressive showing in the annual prospects tournament in Traverse City, Mich. in September, Rask will be given the opportunity to earn a roster spot with the ‘Canes out of training camp. He’ll face some stiff competition for the spot, and would more than likely be relegated to a third- or fourth-line role in his rookie season, if he makes the squad.
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Headed north
CMinnesota Wild
January 17, 2019
Rask was sent to Minnesota from Carolina in exchange for Nino Niederreiter on Thursday.
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Flourishes on fourth line
CCarolina Hurricanes
January 8, 2019
Rask dished out two assists during 10:44 of action in Tuesday's win over the Islanders.
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Fourth-line status Thursday
CCarolina Hurricanes
December 27, 2018
Rask is expected to center the fourth line Thursday against the Capitals.
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Struggling in checking-line role
CCarolina Hurricanes
December 12, 2018
Rask scored a power-play assist in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs, giving him just two points in nine games since returning from a hand injury in late November.
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First time tickling twine
CCarolina Hurricanes
November 28, 2018
Rask scored a first-period goal in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Canadiens.
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