Blake Coleman
Blake Coleman
29-Year-Old CenterC
Tampa Bay Lightning
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Coleman enjoyed a solid year between the Devils and the Lightning in 2019-20, racking up 32 points and 191 hits in 66 contests. His production in the playoffs was even better, with 13 points in 25 games to help the Lightning lift Lord Stanley's chalice. Coleman's floor in 2020-21 will be third-line duties, but there should be a bit of competition between him and Tyler Johnson for a job on Anthony Cirelli's right flank. Whichever of those two players gets the second-line assignment will be the fantasy player to own -- Johnson has the edge in training camp, but the 29-year-old Coleman seems like the better option long term. Coleman will have a major advantage with his physicality, which makes him worth rostering in standard formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $5.4 million contract with the Devils in July of 2018. Traded to Tampa Bay in February of 2020
Tallies empty-netter
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February 8, 2021
Coleman scored an empty-net goal on two shots and added two hits in Monday's 4-1 win over the Predators.
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Coleman deposited his third goal of the year into an empty cage late in the third period. The 29-year-old forward has accumulated a respectable seven points, 23 shots and 12 hits through nine contests so far. Offense runs deep for the defending champions, making Coleman a viable fantasy option even in a third-line role.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:59
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:41
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:27
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
17:01
0:44
2:41
2019–20
17:02
0:30
2:47
2019–20
14:42
0:01
1:52
2020–21
15:59
0:41
2:27
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Coleman took another step forward with 22 goals and 36 points in 2018-19 after recording 13 goals and 25 points during his first full season in 2017-18. His shot total also climbed from 146 to 213, suggesting Coleman's enhanced production wasn't simply due to luck. Coleman also plays a physical brand of hockey, as evidenced by his 71 PIM last season. While neither his scoring nor his physicality stand out on their own, combine them and you get a useful deep-league asset with room for growth given his career trajectory thus far.
Coleman was a fantastic grinder in his first full NHL season, posting 25 points and 13 goals, including three shorthanded. He should hold down an important role in the bottom six and on the penalty kill, but it's hard to see the Texas native turning into the kind of scorer that really moves the needle in the fantasy realm. Coleman turns 27 in November, so he's probably past the point when you can expect major growth in his game. For what it's worth, he did lead the Devils with 216 hits last season.
Coleman was a third-round selection by the Devils in 2011 after playing his junior hockey with the USHL's Indiana Ice. Coleman played collegiately at Miami University last year, putting up 23 points in 39 games. Turning 21 in November, Coleman likely won't see NHL ice for a few seasons.
Coleman posted 92 points (34 G, 58 A) a year ago for the USHL's Indiana Ice to go along with 72 penalty minutes. As the Devils' third-round selection in this year's draft, Coleman isn't likely to show up in the NHL this season.
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Adds assist Friday
CTampa Bay Lightning
February 5, 2021
Coleman recorded an assist and three shots on goal in Friday's 3-1 win over the Red Wings.
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Two helpers in win over Wings
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February 3, 2021
Coleman notched two assists in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Red Wings.
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Benched for disciplinary reasons
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January 23, 2021
Head coach Jon Cooper said that Coleman was scratched for Saturday's loss to the Blue Jackets because he missed a team meeting, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
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Out Saturday
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Undisclosed
January 23, 2021
Coleman (coach's decision) isn't on the ice for warmups, indicating he won't be in the lineup for Saturday's clash with Columbus, Lightning Radio reports.
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Cleared from virus protocols
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January 20, 2021
Coleman is no longer listed in the COVID-19 protocol, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
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