Brady Skjei
Brady Skjei
24-Year-Old DefensemanD
New York Rangers
Injury Lower Body
Est. Return 2/17/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Skjei was the only Ranger to suit up for all 82 games last season, but he went through a major sophomore slump, posting 25 points and a minus-27 rating after contributing 39 points and a plus-11 mark as a rookie. While rebuilding that rating will be a challenge on a team that parted with a number of key veterans at last year's trade deadline, Skjei's excellent combination of size (6-foot-3, 211 pounds) and skating ability should earn him plenty of ice time and opportunities to contribute to the offense. He's unlikely to see time on the top power-play unit with a healthy Kevin Shattenkirk around, but there's still plenty to like about Skjei. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $31.25 million contract extension with the Rangers in July of 2018.
Departs with injury
DNew York Rangers
Lower Body
February 15, 2019
Skjei won't return to Friday's game versus the Sabres after suffering a lower-body injury, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Skjei doesn't light up the scoresheet but he logs major minutes and adds a physical component. The severity of the injury is unknown, but Skjei will look to get healthy for Sunday's game versus the Penguins.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Skjei enjoyed a big year as a rookie, surprising with an assist-heavy 39 points in 80 games despite mostly playing a third-pairing role that saw him average a meager 17:28 of ice time per game. With Dan Girardi having been bought out, Skjei will jump up to a second-unit role, but his power-play duties may not be in for much growth from last year’s 1:23 per game thanks to the offseason signing of stud offensive blueliner Kevin Shattenkirk. Still, a leap to about 20 minutes of average ice time should result in Skjei easily clearing 40 points in his sophomore campaign. The 23-year-old is also an asset in leagues that count hits, as he dished out 147 of those last year.
Fresh off his second season with the University of Minnesota, where he collected 14 points and 30 penalty minutes in 40 games, Skjei enters the upcoming campaign with plenty of appeal in dynasty formats. The 21-year-old signed an entry-level deal with the Rangers this past spring, and made his debut with AHL Hartford shortly thereafter. While we wouldn’t be surprised to see Skjei receive a taste of NHL action at some point this season, the organization is brimming with depth on the blue line, so it’s more likely the highly touted defenseman will get a full uninterrupted year of work with Hartford.
One of the Rangers' most-prized prospects, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Skjei recorded a plus-15 rating to go along with 14 points for the University of Minnesota last season. Word around the blogosphere is that the team is trying to convince the 20-year-old to skip his final two years of eligibility at the college level and go pro, but any overtures by the Rangers have not been accepted to this point. Reports suggest Skjei is not exactly jumping at the chance to leave college, with the desire to compete for a national championship with his hometown Gophers proving to alluring. At the moment, it looks like Skjei will remain a promising young prospect for only dynasty owner’s eyes.
The Rangers' first round pick (2012) is quickly drawing comparisons to another two-way defenseman from the University of Minnesota, Ryan McDonagh. Grant McCagg of predicts that Skjei “May have the size/skating ability to be given top three minutes on an NHL blue line someday.” In addition to posting a goal and two assists and a plus-20 with the Minnesota Gophers in 2012-13, the 6'2, 200-pound defenseman registered four goals and 19 assists in 60 games while with the U.S. National U18 Team. Skjei, 19, is certainly worth a glance in dynasty leagues every so often as the Rangers will likely begin to part with some of their excess defensive corps by the time Skjei has developed.
Skjei was taken with the Rangers' first-round pick in the 2012 entry draft. He'll play this season with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, but Skjei obviously has the talent to make some noise for the Rangers within the next few years.
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Seeing big minutes
DNew York Rangers
January 9, 2019
Skjei finished with two shots and a plus-1 rating in a team-high 25:19 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Vegas.
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Finds back of net
DNew York Rangers
December 16, 2018
Skjei scored the opening goal of the game versus Vegas on Sunday.
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One point in last nine
DNew York Rangers
November 30, 2018
Skjei finished with two shots and a minus-2 rating over 20:01 of ice time in Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Senators.
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Tallies assist in road defeat
DNew York Rangers
October 28, 2018
Skjei recorded an assist in Sunday's 4-3 loss to Los Angeles.
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Heavy ice time, still comes up empty
DNew York Rangers
October 22, 2018
Skjei was held pointless during Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Flames.
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