Jake Guentzel
Jake Guentzel
24-Year-Old Left WingLW
Pittsburgh Penguins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension with the Penguins in December 2018.
Dealing with rib issue
LWPittsburgh Penguins
April 18, 2019
Guentzel was bothered by a rib injury during the playoffs, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
ANALYSIS
Considering Guentzel was able to power through the injury, there shouldn't be any concern among fantasy owners that this will carry into 2019-20. However, it does seem to explain why the youngster went ice cold versus the Islanders, notching just one goal after his phenomenal 40-goal campaign. Despite the postseason slump, Guentzel is almost certainly a lock to continue playing with Sidney Crosby next year on Pittsburgh's top line and could join the No. 1 power-play unit as well.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:21
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:07
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:29
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
0:00
0:00
0:00
2016–17
15:53
1:22
0:00
2017–18
16:29
1:46
0:14
2018–19
19:21
2:07
0:29
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
2013
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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Tallies lone score
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April 16, 2019
Guentzel scored the Penguins' only goal in a 3-1 loss to the Islanders in Game 4 on Tuesday. The Islanders swept the Penguins in the first-round series.
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Taps keg for 40th time this year
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April 6, 2019
Guentzel scored a goal Saturday in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Rangers.
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Best sniper on team of studs
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April 4, 2019
Guentzel scored his 39th goal of the season Thursday in a 4-1 win over Detroit.
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Creeping closer to 40 goals
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March 20, 2019
Guentzel scored a goal and tallied an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Hurricanes.
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Stays hot with two more points
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March 15, 2019
Guentzel scored his 36th goal of the season and also had an assist in Thursday's 5-0 win over Buffalo.
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