John Klingberg
John Klingberg
26-Year-Old DefensemanD
Dallas Stars
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Running the point for an offense as top-heavy as Dallas' can pay some big dividends, and Klingberg cashed in last year to the tune of career high in assists, points and power-play points. The 25-year-old possesses elite vision and passing skills, which he uses to clear his own end effectively as well as provide golden opportunities for the likes of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn to light the lamp. Last year's production may just be scratching the surface of what Klingberg's capable of as well, as despite a career-high 204 shots on goal he failed to score double-digit goals for the first time in three years, and his minuscule 3.9 percent shooting is due for some positive regression. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $29.75 million contract extension with the Stars in April 2015.
Buries power-play goal
DDallas Stars
March 19, 2019
Klingberg scored a goal in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Panthers.
ANALYSIS
Klingberg has racked up three goals and five assists in nine games in March, and he's put his name on the scoresheet in four of the last five games. With 39 points in 55 games this season, Klingberg hasn't come close to matching the 67 points from 2017-18, so hopefully owners counting on the scoring of a No. 1 blueliner have been able to supplement that production elsewhere.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    24:39
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:56
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:51
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
23:21
3:11
0:13
2017–18
24:04
3:39
1:07
2018–19
24:39
2:56
0:51
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
Although Klingberg wasn't able to match his offensive output from 2015-16, in many ways last year was the young blueliner’s best to date in the NHL. Despite skating big minutes for a team that allowed the second most goals in the league, he kept his plus-minus rating in the black, and his defensive play continues to improve as reflected in his career-best 117 blocked shots. Heading into his fourth season, Klingberg will be joined on the Stars’ top pairing by stay-at-home veteran Marc Methot, which should free him up to jump into the rush more often just as Methot’s former partner Erik Karlsson did. Expecting Karlsson-like numbers from Klingberg might be asking too much, but with the team adding offensive talent up front in the offseason as well, Klingberg could threaten the 60-point mark once again.
After busting into the NHL as an offensive juggernaut from the back end in his rookie year, Klingberg’s used his first full season to cement his status as one of the league’s elite blueliners with a 58-point campaign, good for fifth at his position. But even though he’s a power-play force, having racked up 22 points in those situations, Klingberg’s anything but a liability on his own end, as he posted a matching plus-22 rating. Considering the Stars were below average in both defense and goaltending, that accomplishment highlights just how impressive the Swede’s two-way game is – and just how great life can be when you get to feed the puck to superstars Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. With six years left on the contract extension he signed in April of 2015, he’ll be providing Dallas (and fantasy owners) with great value from the blue line into the next decade.
Precious few rookie defensemen in the last couple decades -- and especially those without much of a draft pedigree -- have exploded onto the scene with a force approaching that of Klingberg's arrival in the NHL last season. After only 13 career games at the AHL level, the Swedish defenseman came up to Dallas and dominated almost from the word go, quickly growing into a clutch performer and an integral weapon on the Stars' power play. That's the role he'll occupy this year, and with a full 82-game slate, he should be able to improve on last seasons's numbers. While it'll be tough for him to maintain that very high 11.2 shooting percentage, Klingberg can reasonably be expected to increase the number of pucks he launches on goal this season, giving him a legitimate shot at double-digit markers again.
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Nets game-winning goal
DDallas Stars
March 5, 2019
Klingberg scored the lone goal in Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Rangers.
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Battling illness
DDallas Stars
March 4, 2019
Klingberg missed Monday's practice with an illness but is expected to suit up Tuesday against the Rangers, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official site reports.
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Explodes with three points
DDallas Stars
March 2, 2019
Klingberg scored what would be the game-winning goal and added a pair of helpers in a 4-1 win over the Blues on Saturday.
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Pumps five shots
DDallas Stars
February 26, 2019
Klingberg fired off five shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
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Avoids serious injury
DDallas Stars
February 15, 2019
Klingberg (undisclosed) will be in the lineup against Carolina on Saturday after X-rays came back negative, Sean Shapiro of The Athletic reports.
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