Brandon Manning
Brandon Manning
28-Year-Old DefensemanD
Chicago Blackhawks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After posting career highs in numerous categories, Manning signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Blackhawks, but they reportedly expect the 28-year-old to contribute more defensively and physically than on the scoresheet. That's probably the right assumption since Manning -- even with a career-high 111 shots on goal -- needed a 6.3 shooting percentage, which was nearly 2.5 percent higher than his career norm, to score seven goals. He finished 2017-18 with 19 points, an even rating, 56 PIM and 113 hits in 65 games. Owners should draft Manning for PIM, hits and blocks; if he registers more than five goals and 15 points again, that's a bonus. Read Past Outlooks
Scores in overtime loss
DChicago Blackhawks
October 11, 2018
Manning potted a goal in Sunday's 7-6 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs.
ANALYSIS
The former Flyer has been skating in a bottom-pairing role with his new club, and is averaging just 15:27 of ice time per game. Manning may be the odd man out once Gustav Forsling (wrist) returns in mid-November, so there's no reason for him to be owned in fantasy leagues at this point.
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2018–19 Depth Chart Status
#3 Left Defenseman
CHI LD PP Depth Chart
2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:46
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:01
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:38
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
18:03
0:10
1:38
2017–18
17:57
0:17
1:16
2018–19
15:46
0:01
1:38
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Manning scuffled through a subpar 2016-17 campaign -- 12 points and a minus-12 rating over 65 games -- and then underwent offseason back surgery. Now 27 years old with a resume that's not impressing anyone, he may have a hard time even breaking into the Flyers’ lineup this season, leaving his fantasy value close to nil even in leagues that count his modest contributions in hits and blocked shots.
The 23-year-old Manning had a short stint in the NHL last season, appearing in just six games for the Flyers. He didn't have a stellar year in the AHL, posting 19 points and a minus-six in 46 games, but many consider him to be one of the Flyers' better defensive prospects. Given the team's defensive issues, it's realistic to expect him to see more NHL time this year. Still, even if he stays full-time in the NHL, expect modest fantasy production while adjusts to the stiffer competition.
After solid play in the AHL with Adriondack, Manning was given a chance to play several games with the Flyers as injuries opened spots on the roster; he did not post a point in four NHL contests. He’ll likely fill in again for injured Flyers as needed, but won’t see enough ice time to have a big enough impact in most fantasy leagues.
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Procures two-year deal with Chicago
DChicago Blackhawks
July 1, 2018
Manning signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Blackhawks on Sunday, according to TSN.
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Should wear new sweater in 2018-19
DPhiladelphia Flyers
April 26, 2018
Manning, a pending unrestricted free agent, is unlikely to be retained by the Flyers, according to general manager Ron Hextall, Dave Isaac of the Courier Post reports.
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Records seventh goal Sunday
DPhiladelphia Flyers
March 26, 2018
Manning scored a first-period goal and registered four shots through 19:04 of ice time during Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to Pittsburgh.
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Delivers big offensive outburst in win
DPhiladelphia Flyers
February 24, 2018
Manning scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 5-3 victory over the Senators.
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Breaks goalless streak
DPhiladelphia Flyers
February 18, 2018
Manning scored a goal and added an assist in a 7-4 victory over the Rangers on Sunday.
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