Chris Tierney
Chris Tierney
25-Year-Old CenterC
Ottawa Senators
2019 Fantasy Outlook
While he recorded a career-high 39 assists in 2018-19, Tierney's first season with Ottawa was a bit of a disappointment from a goal-scoring perspective. The 25-year-old only potted nine goals while recording a minus-22 rating in 81 games last campaign. In comparison, with the Sharks in 2017-18, the 2012 second-round pick had 17 goals and 40 points in 82 contests. However, the good news is Tierney's scoring dropoff can almost entirely be attributed to the nearly seven point decrease in shooting percentage he experienced from 2017-18 to 2018-19. Assuming his conversion rate regresses to the mean, Tierney should approach the 15-goal mark in 2019-20, and potentially surpass the 50-point threshold for the first time in his career. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.875 million contract with the Sharks in July of 2018.
Sends helper
COttawa Senators
November 15, 2019
Tierney managed an assist in Friday's 2-1 win over the Flyers.
Tierney set up Filip Chlapik's go-ahead goal in the second period, which produced the final score. The 25-year-old center has just three assists in his last nine games, but Tierney is at nine points in 19 games overall this year. He's currently playing center on Ottawa's fourth line -- a role that won't lead to much offense for the two-time 40-point man.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Tierney had a breakout season in 2017-18, setting career highs in goals (17), assists (23), and shots on goal (118) while averaging 16:00 of ice time in 82 contests. The 24-year-old pivot proved he's more than just a role player, and he was initially rewarded for his efforts, signing a two-year, $5.875 million contract with the Sharks this offseason before being packaged off to Ottawa as part of the Erik Karlsson deal. If Tierney gets opportunities with Ottawa's power-play unit, he could threaten the 20-goal mark and the 50-point threshold in 2018-19.
A role player primarily deployed in shorthanded situations, Tierney requires optimal offensive efficiency in order to captivate fantasy audiences. However, the shifty bottom-six pivot is on the upswing, having reached career highs in goals (11) and points (23) last season. The 23-year-old will remain in the Bay Area after penning a one-year, $735,000 contract extension as a restricted free agent in July. While he could be motivated for a more lucrative deal next summer, be weary of spotty production as Tierney embarks on his fourth NHL campaign.
After a solid rookie campaign that saw Tierney put up 21 points in 43 games, his scoring pace was cut in half last season when he managed just 20 points – and an ugly minus-16 rating – in 79 games. The 22-year-old was a little better come playoff time in producing at a clip of 0.38 points per game, but he’ll need to show a lot more to be more than just a blip on the fantasy radar when the Sharks open up the season in defense of their Western Conference title. Tierney definitely has the pedigree to do just that, as evidenced by his 40 goals and 49 assists across 67 games in his final season with OHL London and 29 points in his first 29 games with AHL Worcester, so be sure to keep a close eye on him in both daily and season-long formats.
Tierney heads to the AHL after spending four seasons with the pro-like London Knights of the OHL. Last season was particuarly impressive for the overager -- he racked up 40 goals and 49 assists, with just 12 penalty minutes, through 67 games. He has good size at 6-1, though he needs to add some weight. He's probably a top-nine guy in the NHL -- overage numbers in the OHL are always deceiving (remember, some of his opposition is only 17). Wait for his name to appear consistently in a line score before considering him for your roster.
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Supplies assist
COttawa Senators
October 27, 2019
Tierney managed an assist and a pair of blocked shots in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Sharks.
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Notches goal and assist
COttawa Senators
October 23, 2019
Tierney scored a goal and an assist with two shots and a plus-3 rating in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Red Wings.
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Scores shorty in loss
COttawa Senators
October 10, 2019
Tierney potted a shorthanded goal in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Blues.
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Returns but invisible
COttawa Senators
March 23, 2019
Tierney returned from illness Saturday against Edmonton and logged 11:46 in a 4-3 overtime win.
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Set to return
COttawa Senators
March 23, 2019
Tierney (illness) will skate Saturday against Edmonton.
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