John Klingberg
John Klingberg
28-Year-Old DefensemanD
Dallas Stars
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Klingberg's offense took a hit in 2019-20, with career lows in goals (6), assists (26), points (32) and games played (58). It wasn't for a lack of opportunity, as Klingberg averaged 2:33 on the power play and racked up 17 points with the man advantage. The 28-year-old's decline can be partially attributed to the Stars' weak team offense of just 2.58 goals per game during the regular season. He's also missed large chunks of time to injuries over the last two seasons. Klingberg could be a solid bounce-back candidate in 2020-21, as he's shown the ability to play at a 45-to-50-point pace in the past. He'll also usually chip in around 80 blocked shots. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $29.75 million contract extension with the Stars in April 2015.
Generates assist in loss
DDallas Stars
February 25, 2021
Klingberg produced an assist and two hits in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Panthers.
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Klingberg set up Jamie Benn on the Stars' second goal of the game. With a goal and three assists in his last five outings, Klingberg has steadied his offense. He had a three-game drought before his recent return to form. The 28-year-old blueliner has 14 points, 28 shots on net, 13 PIM and a minus-2 rating through 15 appearances.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:45
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    4:19
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:15
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
24:32
2:59
0:45
2019–20
22:10
2:33
0:18
2020–21
22:45
4:19
0:15
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A hand injury cost Klingberg six weeks early in the season, but when he was on the ice he was as productive as ever, putting together a scoring pace that would have resulted in 13 goals and 58 points over a full 82 games. The 26-year-old remains a key component in the Dallas offense, but he actually fell just below three minutes of ice time a night with the man advantage, as Miro Heiskanen's emergence gave coach Jim Montgomery another option on the point. Klingberg is still the top offensive threat on the blue line, though, and with the forward ranks getting beefed up with additional star power this offseason, his slick passes could be converted into even more assists this season.
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.
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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Opens scoring quickly
DDallas Stars
February 24, 2021
Klingberg scored a goal on three shots in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Panthers.
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Helps out on power play
DDallas Stars
February 13, 2021
Klingberg recorded a power-play assist, three shots on goal and two PIM in Saturday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Hurricanes.
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Grabs power-play assist
DDallas Stars
February 11, 2021
Klingberg produced a power-play assist and two shots on goal in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Hurricanes.
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Two helpers in big win
DDallas Stars
February 2, 2021
Klingberg picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Blue Jackets.
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Still surging
DDallas Stars
January 30, 2021
Klingberg posted a power-play assist, three blocked shots and two PIM in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes.
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