Zach Sanford
Zach Sanford
26-Year-Old Left WingLW
St. Louis Blues
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Sanford hit career highs in nearly every notable category before the NHL paused in March, recording 16 goals, 14 assists, 90 shots and 109 hits. The 26-year-old found a connection with Ryan O'Reilly and David Perron, but unfortunately, that may not be a reality this year. Mike Hoffman is in the fold, and Vladimir Tarasenko should be back from a shoulder injury in February, likely closing the door on a top-six role for Sanford. The 6-foot-4 winger projects for the third line, but he could handle occasional power-play minutes as a net-front presence if injuries surface. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Blues in July of 2019.
Garners assist
LWSt. Louis Blues
January 13, 2021
Sanford had an assist and three blocked shots in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Avalanche.
ANALYSIS
Sanford had the secondary helper on Jordan Kyrou's game-winning goal in the first period. The 26-year-old Sanford was productive in 2019-20 with 30 points in 58 games. He added 109 hits and 32 blocked shots, so don't expect multiple blocks per game from the winger. He should challenge for a similar 30-point output this season despite being limited to the third line, and he'll supply solid physicality to make up for when he doesn't score.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:01
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:25
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
0:00
0:00
0:00
2018–19
12:35
0:10
0:33
2019–20
13:44
0:41
0:27
2020–21
15:01
1:25
2:00
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Sanford missed most of the 2017-18 season with a shoulder injury and never got a call from the big club, but he was a fixture with the Blues last year, compiling 20 points, 48 hits and 37 blocked shots in 60 games. Although he wasn't called on much in the playoffs, he made the most of his four appearances in the Stanley Cup final, notching a goal and four points over five games to take down the Bruins -- his hometown team. Sanford's skill is evident, as he has an excellent shot and his 6-foot-4 frame helps him win battles in the corners, so the Blues just need him to stay healthy in order to become a more consistent middle-six asset. With a two-year, $3 million contract under his belt, he has a solid chance of approaching 25 points in the upcoming campaign.
Sanford was projected as a top-nine talent in 2017-18 before he suffered a shoulder injury just 15 minutes into training camp. The 23-year-old may have missed his shot for that role after the Blues made a flurry of moves this offseason to bolster the forward depth. Nonetheless, the Blues are excited about Sanford, who has the size (6-4, 207 pounds) to be a pesky net-front presence, so he'll be in the running for a spot on the fourth line with an opportunity to move up if injuries occur.
Sanford will be out until at least February with a shoulder injury, and even when he's healthy, he'll likely need to play in the minors for a while to get back in the hang of things. He had two goals and three assists in 13 games last season, proving his potential, but wait until he's able to return before consider snagging him.
Sanford is one of the better Washington prospects. Very raw but the foundation is in place for a solid pro career. He is several years away from the NHL but should be monitored in keeper leagues.
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Buries power-play tally
LWSt. Louis Blues
August 19, 2020
Sanford scored a power-play goal on three shots, added four hits and went minus-3 in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Canucks in Game 5.
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Supplies helper
LWSt. Louis Blues
August 16, 2020
Sanford notched an assist, four hits and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 3-2 overtime win over the Canucks in Game 3.
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Tallies game-winner Wednesday
LWSt. Louis Blues
March 11, 2020
Sanford netted a goal and dished three hits in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Ducks.
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Busts out of scoring skid
LWSt. Louis Blues
February 25, 2020
Sanford scored twice and added an assist with a career-high nine shots in Tuesday's 6-5 win over Chicago.
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Erupts with four goals
LWSt. Louis Blues
February 13, 2020
Sanford netted four goals on six shots and went plus-3 in Thursday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Golden Knights.
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