Aaron Dell
Aaron Dell
30-Year-Old GoalieG
San Jose Sharks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Dell faltered in the 2018-19 campaign, as his 3.17 GAA and .886 save percentage through 20 starts and 25 total games kept him isolated from a top-60 ranking among NHL goaltenders. Still, the Alberta native managed a winning record (10-8-4) behind San Jose's plus-28 goal differential, and Dell will now take aim at a fourth straight season of cracking double-digit wins. Improving in shorthanded situations is critical if Martin Jones' understudy plans to right the ship. Last year, he permitted 17 goals on 84 shots for a dismal .798 save percentage when the Sharks were on the penalty kill, and Dell can ill-afford further regression now that he's entering a contract year. From a fantasy perspective, the respectable win totals keep Dell from falling off the map entirely, but he's a tough sell in season-long leagues due to the sparse workload and fading splits. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.8 million extension with the Sharks in February of 2018.
Yields three goals in relief
GSan Jose Sharks
April 16, 2019
Dell let in three goals on 20 shots in Tuesday's 5-0 loss to the Golden Knights in Game 4.
Dell played the final two periods after starter Martin Jones was given the hook. Dell has been the better of the two netminders, although that is a relative term given his 3.37 GAA and .861 save percentage. It's unclear who coach Peter DeBoer will name as starter for Thursday's must-win Game 5.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Dell was pretty solid as Martin Jones' backup last campaign, compiling a 15-5-4 record while posting a 2.64 GAA and a .914 save percentage in 29 appearances. The 29-year-old is a competent backup, but he's not going to push Jones for San Jose's starting job, and he'll be hard-pressed to surpass 30 appearances in 2018-19. Unless Jones sustains a long-term injury, Dell's fantasy value will be limited to owners in need of a spot starter this season.
Only a handful of backup goalies can entice fantasy owners like the 28-year-old from Alberta. Coming off a rookie season operating as the understudy to Martin Jones, Dell crafted an 11-6-1 record along with robust peripherals (2.00 GAA, .931 save percentage) over 17 starts and 20 games in all. It didn't take long for daily players to meticulously track his scheduled starts, using the low-priced goaltender as a building block for lineups otherwise stacked with elite-level skaters. As a true testament to his perseverance, Dell kept Lithuanian prospect Mantas Armalis -- now an unrestricted free agent -- off the NHL's ice for the entire campaign. Consider handcuffing Dell to Jones in season-long leagues and lock him up in DFS when the matchups are juicy.
All signs point to Dell competing with Mantas Armalis for the backup goalie gig in San Jose this upcoming season. While Armalis is the bigger puck plugger, it's Dell who should have the upper hand while playing second fiddle to Martin Jones since he's the one experienced with minor-league affiliate AHL San Jose. With the Baby Sharks, he's fashioned a 32-24-8 record, 0.924 save percentage, and 2.24 save mark averaged out over the past two seasons. Health permitting, starting backstop Martin Jones should grab over 60 starts which leaves Dell as little more than handcuff in the fantasy realm.
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Earns loss in relief
GSan Jose Sharks
April 13, 2019
Dell allowed two goals on 16 shots during a long relief appearance in a 5-3 loss to the Golden Knights on Friday. The first-round matchup is tied 1-1.
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Holds off Oilers
GSan Jose Sharks
April 4, 2019
Dell stopped 25 of 27 shots in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Oilers.
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Draws rare start
GSan Jose Sharks
April 4, 2019
Dell will start between the pipes for Thursday's road game against the Oilers, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
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No match for Flames
GSan Jose Sharks
March 31, 2019
Dell allowed five goals on 28 shots in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Flames.
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Guarding crease Sunday
GSan Jose Sharks
March 31, 2019
Dell will square off against the Flames on Sunday.
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