Brady Skjei
Brady Skjei
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
New York Rangers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Skjei hasn't been able to repeat the production from his 39-point rookie season in 2016-17, posting 25 points in each of the two subsequent campaigns. Perhaps reuniting on a pairing with childhood friend Jacob Trouba, whom the Rangers acquired in an offseason trade, will help Skjei rediscover his offensive touch. Such a setup should also do wonders for Skjei's rating, as being a member of perhaps the league's worst blue line corps over the past two seasons has led to an ugly minus-31 mark. At the end of the day, Skjei won't be an offensive juggernaut, but he can deliver strong all-around results, especially if the Rangers move from rebuilders to contenders. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $31.25 million contract extension with the Rangers in July of 2018.
Posts helper in opener
DNew York Rangers
October 4, 2019
Skjei had an assist in 22:47 of ice time in Thursday's 6-4 win over Winnipeg.
ANALYSIS
Skjei spent most of the night on the first pairing with Jacob Trouba as expected, though the pair was separated in the third period to help balance the defensive lines. Trouba showed off his offensive prowess with a three-point night, so perhaps sharing the ice with his childhood buddy can help Skjei rediscover the form that saw him post 39 points in 80 games as a rookie in 2016-17.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:23
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:12
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    3:20
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
21:02
1:12
1:31
2018–19
21:14
0:14
2:14
2019–20
19:23
0:12
3:20
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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 TSN.ca 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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Stuffs stat sheet in Philly
DNew York Rangers
March 31, 2019
Skjei potted a goal to go with three shots and five blocks in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Flyers.
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Fuels offense in loss
DNew York Rangers
March 2, 2019
Skjei recorded two assists in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Canadiens.
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Big game in OT loss
DNew York Rangers
February 24, 2019
Skjei scored two goals in Sunday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Capitals.
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Directs two shots on net
DNew York Rangers
February 19, 2019
Skjei (lower body) fired two shots on goal and recorded 21:47 of ice time in Tuesday's win over the Hurricanes.
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Ready to play Tuesday
DNew York Rangers
Lower Body
February 19, 2019
Skjei (lower body) participated in warmups before Tuesday's game with the Hurricanes, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
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