Aaron Dell
Aaron Dell
31-Year-Old GoalieG
New Jersey Devils
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Dell played 33 games for the Sharks last year, posting a 12-15-3 record with a 3.01 GAA and a .907 save percentage. That was enough for him to snag a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs, where he'll compete with Jack Campbell for the backup role behind Frederik Andersen. Part of Dell's struggles last year can be attributed to how bad the Sharks were as a team. A better defense in Toronto should help improve Dell's numbers across the board if he gets a chance to play, but Campbell should be favored for the No. 2 job. The 31-year-old Dell is likely not going to be an option for fantasy managers barring a trade to a team with a need in the crease. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Maple Leafs in October of 2020.
Takes loss against Rangers
GNew Jersey Devils
April 17, 2021
Dell stopped 24 of 28 shots in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Rangers.
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New York's final two goals were scored into an empty net. Dell has started only one other game since March 4, and the rust showed as the Rangers beat him three times in the first 12 minutes. The 31-year-old settled down after that and the Devils closed to within a goal by the third, but they weren't able to find an equalizer. Through five appearances on the year, Dell carries a rough 3.63 GAA and .875 save percentage.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
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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.
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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Gets starting nod
GNew Jersey Devils
April 17, 2021
Dell will defend the blue paint during Saturday's road game versus the Rangers.
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Gets first win of season
GNew Jersey Devils
April 8, 2021
Dell made 24 saves in Thursday's 6-3 victory over Buffalo for his first win of the season.
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Set to start against Sabres
GNew Jersey Devils
April 8, 2021
Dell is slated to get the starting nod versus Buffalo on Thursday, per Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site.
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Gives up two in relief
GNew Jersey Devils
March 4, 2021
Dell stopped two of four shots after entering in relief of MacKenzie Blackwood in Thursday's 6-1 loss to the Rangers.
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Gets little help against Isles
GNew Jersey Devils
March 2, 2021
Dell stopped 18 shots in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Islanders.
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