Blake Coleman
Blake Coleman
29-Year-Old CenterC
Calgary Flames
2021 Fantasy Outlook
One of the big fishes of free agency, Coleman was caught by Calgary on a six-year deal. A late-blooming power forward, Coleman exceeded 30 points for the third straight season as a member of the Lightning's stellar third line last year. The 29-year-old often played more of a middle-six role, and it's versatility that gives him some added appeal in fantasy. He can play center or wing, although he's mostly been a winger in the NHL, and he can play throughout the lineup effectively. While he won't set any scoring records, the Texas native will bring some heaviness to the Flames' core, and he's likely good for close to 200 hits in a full season. He's shown 30 points to be his floor, but he could challenge for 40-plus points if he sees regular top-six usage and more power-play time than the 21 seconds per game he got last year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $29.4 million contract with the Flames in July of 2021.
Signs six-year deal with Calgary
CCalgary Flames
July 28, 2021
Coleman signed a six-year, $29.4 million contract with the Flames on Wednesday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Coleman has been a rock-solid middle-six option for the Devils and the Lightning over the past three seasons, totaling 57 goals, 42 helpers, 535 shots on net and a whopping 525 hits while averaging 16:29 of ice time per contest through 199 appearances. The 29-year-old forward won't see much power-play time with Calgary, but he'll likely skate on the Flames' second line, and he's capable of threatening the 20-goal and 45-point marks over the course of a full season while dishing out plenty of hits.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:28
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:21
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:13
 
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
15:28
0:21
2:13
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Tallies again Friday
CTampa Bay Lightning
July 2, 2021
Coleman scored an empty-net goal and added three hits in Friday's 6-3 win over the Canadiens in Game 3.
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Scores game-changing goal
CTampa Bay Lightning
June 30, 2021
Coleman scored a goal on three shots and added three hits Wednesday in a 3-1 win over Montreal in Game 2.
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Throws body in Game 1 win
CTampa Bay Lightning
June 28, 2021
Coleman added an assist and a team-high 11 hits in Monday's 5-1 win over the Canadiens in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
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Helps out on game-winner
CTampa Bay Lightning
May 30, 2021
Coleman registered an assist, two PIM and five hits in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Hurricanes in Game 1.
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Pockets assist
CTampa Bay Lightning
May 24, 2021
Coleman registered an assist, three shots on goal, three hits, two blocked shots and two PIM in Monday's 4-1 loss to the Panthers in Game 5.
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