Cody Ceci
Cody Ceci
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
Ottawa Senators
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Ceci, 24, should be a solid defensive presence on the Senators blue line for years to come (provided he's not traded). But while defense-first players are critical in winning hockey games, they don't usually emerge victorious in the fantasy world. The exception is leagues where blocked shots count, as Ceci ranked eighth in the league with 171 of those to go along with 163 hits. While he isn't a total liability on the offensive side of things having notched 14 assists last year, the Ontario native doesn't provide strong plus-minus numbers (minus-27 last year), and it's evident that in most formats, there are better options available. Read Past Outlooks
$Awarded a one-year contract worth $4.3 million by an arbitrator in August of 2018.
Impressive performance in Carolina
DOttawa Senators
January 18, 2019
Ceci picked up two assists while adding seven blocked shots, three hits, one shot and a plus-2 rating in Friday's 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.
The blocked shots were a season high for Ceci, but he's been very active in his own zone lately, recording at least three blocks in five straight games. The 25-year-old blueliner isn't typically known for his offense, but he has five points (all helpers) in the last seven games while remaining on pace for triple-digit hits and blocked shots for the third straight season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Ceci had a somewhat disappointing season from an offensive perspective in 2016-17, tallying 17 points (two goals, 15 assists) in 79 games on the heels of 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 2015-16. The 23-year-old blueliner did, however, average an impressive 23:12 of ice time per game while registering 111 hits and 159 blocked shots by season’s end, making him a useful option in fantasy leagues that reward those categories. If Ceci can bounce back offensively and continue to munch minutes while racking up hits and blocked shots, he could offer deep-league value in 2017-18, but owners in most formats will want to take a wait-and-see approach.
Entering his age-22 season, Ceci is trending distinctly upward, which should result in him being the second Senators blueliner taken in fantasy drafts. He hit 10 goals for the first time in his career last season, adding 16 assists, a plus-9 rating and 130 blocked shots. The second pairing is ultimately his home behind Erik Karlsson, placing the youngster next to veteran Dion Phaneuf, which should benefit his game in the long run. Although 2012's No. 15 pick may be a few years from exploding, consistent improvement is just what the doctor ordered and he’ll deliver with a guaranteed role. Take him late (if he lasts) and don’t look back, as Ceci should provide excellent value.
Ceci has everything a Senators fan could want in a defenseman. He's a hometown boy, an Ottawa native who played his junior hockey for the OHL's Ottawa 67's. The 21-year-old is a big body at 6-foot-3, and he's only going to bulk up more as he ages. Last year's 21 points in 81 games were fairly modest, but Ceci should see significantly more ice this year as a top-four defenseman, and he could notice a spike in production accordingly. He's shown plenty of scoring ability in both juniors and the AHL, and a more featured role -- especially on the power play -- could make 2012's 15th overall pick a player to watch in fantasy circles this year. Grab him cheap and enjoy the profits.
The 20-year-old defenseman was the 15th-overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, and carved out a regular spot on the Sens blue line during the second half of last season. He only posted three goals and six assists in 49 NHL appearances last season, but there's certainly an expectation that his production will climb as he's given more responsibility with age. There's no guarantee that jump in output will come this season, but he's worth keeping an eye on in the early weeks of the season since he could be the kind of waiver pick up that clinches a competitive league if he explodes offensively.
Ceci was the 15th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, and is still just 19 years old. He racked up 64 points in 69 games in the OHL in 2012-13, and recorded a goal and an assist in three games with AHL Binghamton at the end of last season. If he keeps up his near point-per-game production in his first full season as a pro, it's certainly conceivable that he could come up to the NHL. It looks like a long shot at this point, as another year or two of seasoning before the NHL would probably help, but Ceci is certainly a player to keep an eye on for the future.
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Scores goal, schooled in own zone
DOttawa Senators
December 28, 2018
Ceci scored once on three shots Friday, but he was still saddled with a minus-3 rating in a 6-3 road loss to the Islanders.
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Nets goal against Wings
DOttawa Senators
November 15, 2018
Ceci scored his third goal of the season to open the scoring Thursday, helping his team earn a 2-1 win over Detroit.
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Set to return Friday
DOttawa Senators
October 24, 2018
Ceci (upper body) will be activated off injured reserve and return to the lineup versus Colorado on Friday, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports.
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Ruled out Tuesday
DOttawa Senators
Upper Body
October 23, 2018
Ceci (upper body) will not play Tuesday night against the Bruins, Brent Wallace of reports.
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Won't play Saturday
DOttawa Senators
Upper Body
October 18, 2018
Ceci (upper body) won't return until next week at the earliest, Brent Wallace of TSN reports.
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