Jake Guentzel
Jake Guentzel
26-Year-Old Left WingLW
Pittsburgh Penguins
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Guentzel is a first-line, goal-scoring winger who thinks the game at the same speed as linemate and future Hall-of-Famer Sidney Crosby. And two seasons ago, that netted Guentzel 40 goals and 76 points. Last season, he missed significant time with a major shoulder injury, but he should be ready to roll come January. He will play a big role on the Pens' top power-play unit and alongside Sid the Kid at even strength. Guentzel is set to deliver the best point-per-game rate of his career. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension with the Penguins in December 2018.
Deposits shootout winner
LWPittsburgh Penguins
January 17, 2021
Guentzel collected an assist with two shots and two PIM in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over Washington. He also had two hits and scored the shootout winner.
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Guentzel beat Ilya Samsonov with a pretty five-hole deke to clinch the shootout. He also set up Evan Rodrigues' first goal of the season on the game's opening shift. The 26-year-old Guentzel was limited to just 39 games in 2019-20 but still managed to scored 20 goals and 43 points. He is one of top left wingers in fantasy hockey, especially when he's playing alongside Sidney Crosby.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:48
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    4:35
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
19:21
2:07
0:29
2019–20
20:38
3:10
0:15
2020–21
19:48
4:35
0:00
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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It was yet another banner year for Guentzel in 2018-19, as he set career highs in goals (40), assists (36) and shots (227) while posting a plus-13 rating in 82 games. The tenacious winger has improved every year since making his NHL debut in 2016-17, and has cemented his role skating on Sidney Crosby's wing on the Penguins' top line over the past two seasons. The one knock on the youngster's game has been a lack of productivity on the power play, however, it appears that could be at an end now that Phil Kessel is no longer in the picture. With a spot now open on the No. 1 power-play unit, Guentzel figures to see himself bumped up to the top group in 2019-20. The additional ice time and opportunity that will come with that role could help Guentzel surpass the 80-point mark for the first time in his career this season, making him an elite fantasy option in all formats.
Guentzel set career highs in goals (22), assists (26) and shots on goal (171) in 2017-18 -- his second year but first full campaign. While he's only 5-foot-11 and 167 pounds, the speedy winger is not afraid to throw his body around, as he dished out 142 hits last year. After trying out many different combinations, Pittsburgh may have finally found a long-term winger for Sidney Crosby in “Jake N Bake,” who provides a solid scoring touch, high-end skating ability and a strong hockey IQ. If he remains locked in on the top line, there is little doubt the 22-year-old will set another round of career bests this upcoming season.
After tallying 33 points in 40 regular-season games and following that up with a rookie-record 21 in 25 playoff contests, Guentzel is a near lock to join the ever-prolific Sidney Crosby on the Penguins’ top line to start the 2017-18 campaign. A natural center, the 22-year-old’s meteoric ascension could cause many a fantasy owner to overreach, but the savvier types know that he’s facing a limited role on the man advantage and his 19.8 shooting percentage from last year is not sustainable. While the speedy pivot starred in the AHL and doesn't seem like a candidate for a sophomore slump, breaking the bank on a player with less than a full season’s worth of NHL experience might not be the best course of action -- even with Crosby at his side.
The Penguins snagged Guentzel in the third-round pick of the 2013 draft. At 5-foot-9, 153 pounds, the smallish centerman will need to prove himself every step of the way. The 19-year-old scored 29 goals and 73 points in 60 games for Sioux City of the USHL last year. Guentzel is likely several seasons away from fighting for a roster spot.
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Collects two points
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August 3, 2020
Guentzel scored an empty-net goal and added an assist in Monday's 3-1 win over the Canadiens in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
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Good to go Monday
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July 13, 2020
Guentzel (shoulder) was a full participant in Monday's training camp session.
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Taking part in Phase 2 skates
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Shoulder
June 10, 2020
Guentzel (shoulder) will join his teammates on the ice as part of Phase 2 of the NHL's Return to Play. According to coach Mike Sullivan, "Jake is participating in the informal skates this week with other players. His progress is as anticipated and we're very encouraged where he's at," Seth Rorabaugh of TribLive.com reports.
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Could return once play resumes
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Shoulder
March 25, 2020
Guentzel (shoulder) remains on track in his recovery and could be an option for the Penguins once (if) the season resumes. General manager Jim Rutherford told reporters, "I would expect that, knowing Jake Guentzel, he's going to be ready," Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Sidelined 4-6 months
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Upper Body
December 31, 2019
Guentzel underwent shoulder surgery Tuesday and will miss 4-6 months.
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