Nikolaj Ehlers
Nikolaj Ehlers
23-Year-Old Left WingLW
Winnipeg Jets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
An upper-body injury cost Ehlers 20 games last season and as a result, he recorded his lowest point total (37) in his four-year NHL career. Still, the 2014 ninth overall selection was able to top the 20-goal mark for a third straight year. A spot on the second line with Patrik Laine will be up for grabs during training camp, one which Ehlers should have the inside track on. If he can cement himself as a reliable top-six option and can stay off injured reserve, the Dane has the playmaking ability to get back to being a 60-point producer and top-end fantasy option in 2019-20. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $42 million extension with the Jets in October of 2017.
Goals in three straight
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November 20, 2019
Ehlers' 10th goal of the season turned out to be the game-winner in a 2-1 win over Nashville on Tuesday.
Ehlers' five shots on net were a team-high, with one shot managing to find the back of the net. Since going five straight games without a point, Ehlers has found the goal column in three straight and now has 27 points in 22 contests in 2019-20.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Entering his fourth season in the league, perhaps Ehlers most significant trait has been his consistency -- something that sometimes gets undervalued in fantasy contests. In each of the previous two campaigns, the puck-moving winger has played in all 82 games and hit both the 25-goal and 60-point thresholds -- leaving little reason to doubt he can repeat those feats again in 2018-19. The Dane's ability to find the back of the net often gets overlooked considering he is playing on a line with an elite-level sniper in Patrick Laine. Although more often on the second unit, Ehlers also is a factor on the power play, where he tallied seven goals and six helpers while averaging 2:02 of ice time last year.
There was no sophomore slump for Ehlers this past season, as he blew his 38-point rookie total out of the water by amassing 25 goals and 39 assists. The fleet-footed 21-year-old seems to have found a home on the left side of the Jets’ top line alongside Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. In a testament to his superb conditioning and utility, Ehlers played in all 82 games and averaged 17:29 of ice time -- including 2:37 with the man advantage. He also ranked third on the team in shots on goal with 204 to complement a steady 12.3 percent conversion rate. The ninth overall pick from 2014 is a dual threat in the sense that he can both score and set up goals with aplomb, and the Jets benefit from his versatility. Crossing the 30-goal and 70-point thresholds is well within the realm of possibility for the Dane as he attempts to steer his team toward its first-ever division championship -- and possibly beyond.
Ehlers may not have been a Calder Trophy nominee, but he still had a solid rookie campaign that has Winnipeg looking toward the future. After dropping 15 goals and 23 assists last year, the 20-year-old will look to avoid a sophomore slump. Secured on the top line and hungry for 20-plus tallies, the ninth overall pick from 2014 makes for a dynamic wing combination with Blake Wheeler on the opposite side. Ehlers has a very bright future with the Jets and already has dynasty owners hungry for bigger things. The winger may not have a full-on breakout this year, but he should still continue getting better, rewarding fantasy owners who gamble on his upside.
If you don't count Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, Ehlers is the best prospect in all of hockey. With his explosive speed and outstanding scoring ability, Ehlers has lit up the QMJHL for two seasons in a row, racking up consecutive 100-plus-point campaigns. The former first-round pick has yet to make his NHL debut, but it’s possible he will get the chance to do so in 2015-16. However, fantasy owners shouldn’t depend on him to carry much fantasy value this season. Ehlers is only 19 years old, and the last thing the Jets want to do is rush him into NHL action before he’s ready. Although he may not have much immediate fantasy value, he's an extremely gifted prospect who represents an outstanding foundational piece for owners in dynasty leagues. Ehlers has the potential to be a star of the league in the future, but fantasy owners will need to be patient with his development.
Ehlers lit up the QMJHL for 104 points in 63 games last season, winning Rookie of the Year honors in the league while often outperforming Halifax teammate and Lightning top prospect Jonathan Drouin. The performance rocketed him up the board at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, with the Jets more than satisfied to select him at ninth overall. The 18-year-old’s calling card is his explosive speed, and he could slot in as an annual top scorer on the wing once he adds a little more bulk to his slight 5-foot-11, 165-pound frame. Since the 2013-14 campaign marked Ehlers’ first full season in North America, expect the organization to proceed slowly with the Danish dynamo, whose ultimate destination for the upcoming season should be determined during training camp. While he’s unlikely to claim an NHL roster spot this fall and thus provide limited single-season value, Ehlers represents a salivating foundational piece for those in dynasty leagues.
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Scores goal in win
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November 15, 2019
Ehlers scored a goal on two shots in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Panthers.
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Buries GWG
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November 1, 2019
Ehlers scored a goal on two shots in Friday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
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Three-point effort in loss
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October 29, 2019
Ehlers scored twice and added an assist in Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Ducks.
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Two more points in loss
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October 22, 2019
Ehlers scored a goal and supplied an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Kings.
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All alone on offense
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October 17, 2019
Ehlers scored the Jets' lone goal in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Islanders.
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