Esa Lindell
Esa Lindell
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
Dallas Stars
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Lindell's third NHL campaign was his best yet, as he set career highs in goals (11), points (32), hits (143), blocked shots (161) and average ice time (24:20). The 25-year-old is a strong two-way asset, and while he's overshadowed on the Dallas blue line by John Klingberg and emerging star Miro Heiskanen, Lindell would easily be a top-pairing defenseman on a lot of rosters. His lack of consistent power-play time puts a cap on his fantasy ceiling and isn't in a situation likely to change given all the talent around him. However, he still offers plenty of value in formats that utilize secondary categories, and even in standard fantasy leagues, Lindell shouldn't be overlooked. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $34.8 million contract extension with the Stars in May of 2019.
First goal comes on power play
DDallas Stars
October 19, 2019
Lindell netted a power-play goal and added three blocked shots in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Flyers.
The tally was Lindell's first of the year, and also stood up as the game-winner. It's been a rough start to the year for the Finnish defender, who has two points, 13 shots on goal and a minus-4 rating in 10 games. He posted 32 points in 82 appearances last season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A third round pick in 2012, Lindell has developed into a reliable jack-of-all-trades for the Stars, skating in all situations and handling his assignments with poise and confidence. The 24-year-old is capable of more offense than he showed last year given his plus vision and passing skills, but Tyler Seguin and John Klingberg are locked in as point men on the first power-play unit, putting a firm cap on Lindell's opportunities and ceiling. With Dallas looking for more consistent secondary scoring behind its big guns, though, he could be given more latitude to use his natural instincts for joining the rush. Lindell will continue his development in 2018-19 as a key piece of a young and improving Stars blue-line brigade.
Lindell made a good impression in his first full NHL season, showing poise and strong passing skills while registering a surprising plus-8 rating in 73 games for a Stars team that had trouble keeping the puck out of the net. While fellow prospect Julius Honka arguably has more offensive upside, Lindell’s length and willingness to jump into the rush makes him nearly as dangerous. That said, both of them could have a significant role with the man advantage as soon as this year. don't expect a big jump in Lindell’s point total in 2017-18, but the 23-year-old figures to be a key part of the Stars’ future on the blue line.
Lindell made his NHL debut during the 2015-16 season, but it didn't stick. He played just four total games. The young defender has a good chance of making an NHL gig stick this time. He's one of the most exciting defensive prospects in the league, as evidenced by his being named to Finland's World Cup team at such a young age. He's a strong puck-mover with a good first pass and the ability to be an offensive threat from the blue line.
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Records helper Tuesday
DDallas Stars
October 9, 2019
Lindell provided an assist and three shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime with over the Capitals.
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Inks six-year extension
DDallas Stars
May 16, 2019
Lindell signed a six-year, $34.8 million contract extension with the Stars on Thursday.
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Nets game-winner
DDallas Stars
May 3, 2019
Lindell scored a goal and added five blocked shots in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blues in Game 5.
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Finds scoresheet twice in win
DDallas Stars
April 17, 2019
Lindell tallied two assists in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Stars.
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Rare goal in commanding win
DDallas Stars
March 26, 2019
Lindell produced a goal among four shots in Monday's 5-2 win over the Jets.
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