Antoine Roussel
Antoine Roussel
29-Year-Old Left WingLW
Vancouver Canucks
Injury Knee
Est. Return 11/21/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Roussel's 2018-19 campaign was cut short by a knee injury, suffered towards the end of the season, that limited him to 65 games. Prior to being shut down for the season, Roussel, 29, racked up 31 points, marking a new career-high for the veteran winger. He'll be pushed by younger, cheaper players this coming season, but Roussel -- who still has three years and $9 million remaining on his contract -- should wind up playing a familiar bottom-six role for the Canucks in 2019-20. Kick him up a few notches on your watch list if your league favors PIMs, as he's landed in triple-digit territory six years running. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $12 million contract with the Canucks in July of 2018.
Out until late November
LWVancouver Canucks
October 9, 2019
According to general manager Jim Benning, Roussel (knee) has been skating on his own, but he isn't expected to be cleared to return to game action until late November, Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 Vancouver reports.
Roussel has already missed Vancouver's first two games of the 2019-20 campaign and will likely miss at least 20 more before getting the green light to make his season debut. Once healthy, the 29-year-old Frenchman will slot into a bottom-six role for the Canucks. Roussel has only surpassed the 30-point mark once during his seven-year career, but he has a knack for racking up PIM, making him a decent plug-and-play option in formats that reward the rough stuff.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The 28-year-old winger is a man out of time, as his willingness to scrap is increasingly out of step with the modern NHL, and he doesn't bring much else to the table. Roussel's modest offensive contributions even dried up last season, as he failed to score double-digit goals or 25-plus points for the first time in a season in which he played at least 60 games. The Canucks signed him to a four-year deal in the offseason to provide them with an intimidating presence in their bottom six, but Roussel will likely need to regain his scoring touch if he's going to keep a regular spot in the lineup.
Roussel showed signs of becoming more than just a physical presence in the Stars lineup last year, scoring 12 goals in 60 games -- and five in his final 10 -- before a hand injury cost him the last five weeks of the season. The 27-year-old France native has also flashed some scoring prowess on the international stage, and Dallas will head into 2017-18 seemingly ready to give him a spot on the second line alongside Jason Spezza and Martin Hanzal, a role that should allow Roussel to establish new career scoring highs across the board if he can hang onto it. While he’s unlikely to suddenly turn into Wayne Simmonds, he could reach the 20-goal and 40-point plateaus for the first time.
Roussel is a member of a precious rare breed -- he's one of only nine NHL players ever to be born in France, and one of just two currently active in the league. He's also one of the most skilled tough guys in the NHL, a ruthless hitter and willing fighter who's already established a record as a reliable provider of a goal total in the teens and a point total in the 20s. Just 25 years old entering this season, Roussel has room for growth in his offensive game, but his breakout capacity remains limited while he's stuck as the third-line left wing with minimal power-play minutes behind superstar Jamie Benn and future star Valeri Nichushkin.
If the secret isn't out on Roussel in your league, you need to grab him. The French forward has a good nose for the net and loads of grit. His game is growing and he has a real shot at a gig on the left side of Dallas' second line. As the Stars coaching staff works with him, you should expect to see his offensive production grow and his PIMs decline as they help him rein in his hot temper. Still, he may provide up to 40 points this season and offer ample help in the penalty minutes category. He logged 209 PIMs last season -- third-highest in the NHL -- and will still likely deliver 200 this year. His coaches just can't bottle up that temper that quickly.
The feisty Frenchman was an ideal fit on Dallas' fourth line last season, chipping in seven goals in just 39 games despite averaging just 9:24 of ice time after being called up from the AHL in early February. He combines with teammate Ryan Garbutt to give the Stars a pretty nice fourth line -- as far as fourth lines go -- offering speed, hitting and the occasional goal.
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Starting season on IR
LWVancouver Canucks
September 12, 2019
Roussel (knee) is expected to start the year on injured reserve, the team announced Thursday.
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Done for season
LWVancouver Canucks
March 13, 2019
Roussel will miss the rest of the season with the knee injury he suffered in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Rangers.
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Suffers lower-body injury
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Lower Body
March 13, 2019
Roussel left Wednesday's game against the Rangers in the second period due to a lower-body injury and has been ruled out for the rest of the contest, Sportsnet's Irfaan Gaffar reports.
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Sees time on top line
LWVancouver Canucks
March 9, 2019
Roussel dished an assist and a hit in a 6-2 loss to the Golden Knights on Saturday.
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Pots eighth goal
LWVancouver Canucks
February 27, 2019
Roussel scored a goal on three shots in Wednesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Avalanche.
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