Joel Edmundson
Joel Edmundson
26-Year-Old DefensemanD
St. Louis Blues
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Edmundson has always struggled to stay healthy, and this was his fourth straight season of less than 70 games (64) because of it. While the 26-year-old is solid in the defensive zone and is willing to stick up for his teammates, Edmundson lacks an offensive spark and has never topped 17 points in a campaign. This limbo on the skillset spectrum has left his contract situation unresolved, and there's a good chance he won't be with the Blues when the season begins. Regardless of where he lands, Edmundson shouldn't be on fantasy radars. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $3.1 million contract with the Blues in August of 2019.
Earns one-year deal
DSt. Louis Blues
August 6, 2019
Edmundson was awarded a one-year, $3.1 million contract with St. Louis on Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
ANALYSIS
It's a modest increase for Edmundson, who will return to the Stanley Cup champions for at least one more season. The blueliner registered two goals, nine helpers and 102 shots last year in 64 games, in part due to injury. With Vince Dunn pushing for a bigger role, the veteran Edmundson could find himself serving as a healthy scratch from time to time throughout the 2019-20 campaign.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:23
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:08
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:05
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
17:46
0:02
1:53
2017–18
20:44
0:20
2:14
2018–19
19:23
0:08
2:05
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
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Edmundson has impressed as a complement to captain Alex Pietrangelo on the team's top pairing, but his stat line hasn't followed. The brawny blueliner generated six goals and two helpers in the first 21 games of 2017-18, but his pace slowed as the season extended and he finished with under 20 points (17) for the third third straight season. He also upped his shot count to 124 and battled defensively with 116 hits and 150 blocked shots in 69 games. However, for three years running, Edmundson's physical play has cost him at least 13 games due to injury. With respect to cap concerns, Edmundson was given a one-year, $3 million bridge deal and will need to produce at a high level all season to get a coveted, high-dollar contract after the 2018-19 campaign.
Edmundson was relatively quiet during the 2016-17 regular season, scoring just three goals coupled with 12 assists and a plus-11 rating while averaging less than 18 minutes of ice time. Then April rolled around, and things seemed to change. He scored a goal in each of the first two playoff games, ultimately ending tied with Vladimir Tarasenko for third on the club in playoff points with six. That performance was obviously unprecedented for Edmundson at the pro level, but it makes the 24-year-old a player worth monitoring this season. Edmundson should enjoy a steady top-four role in 2017-18, and if he can carry over that playoff outburst, he might win some power-play time and thus some fantasy value in deeper formats.
Edmundson is a big, tough mutha (6-foot-5, 210 pounds) who plays with an ugly snarl. His goalies love his workman-line crease clearing; opposing forwards shudder at the thought of coming down his wing. The Blues drafted him in 2011 with an eye to him one day filling Barret Jackman's boots and his time has come. You can count on him for hits and PIM, but not much else.
Edmundson really began to emerge over the course of the 2010-11 season, becoming a top-four defender for Moose Jaw in the Western Hockey League. He can play a two-way game and the Blues are anxious to see how he develops now that he's committed to hockey and begins to see what's out there for him as a hockey player.
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Seeking arbitration
DSt. Louis Blues
July 6, 2019
Edmundson filed for salary arbitration Friday.
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Receives qualifying offer
DSt. Louis Blues
June 25, 2019
Edmundson earned a qualifying offer from the Blues on Tuesday, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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On three-game point streak
DSt. Louis Blues
May 15, 2019
Edmundson registered an assist, two hits and two blocked shots in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Sharks in Game 3.
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Stays hot with pair of assists
DSt. Louis Blues
May 13, 2019
Edmundson picked up two assists in Monday's 4-2 win over the Sharks in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
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Scores rare goal in loss
DSt. Louis Blues
May 11, 2019
Edmundson scored a goal on three shots and added three hits in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Sharks in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
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