Aaron Dell
Aaron Dell
31-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.
Under siege in Chicago
GSan Jose Sharks
March 11, 2020
Dell gave up six goals on 46 shots in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to Chicago.
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Dell's 40 saves were a season high but weren't enough to mask the six-spot in the goals against column. It was the fifth straight loss for Dell, who has shown well at times this season but has been unable to completely wrest the full-time starting role away from struggling incumbent Martin Jones. The upcoming stretch won't get any easier for Dell in the Sharks, who will continue their road trip with stops in St. Louis, Dallas and Colorado.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Starting in Windy City
GSan Jose Sharks
March 11, 2020
Dell will guard the road goal during Wednesday's clash with Chicago, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
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First start since Feb. 25
GSan Jose Sharks
March 7, 2020
Dell made 36 saves Saturday in a 2-1 overtime loss to Ottawa.
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Guarding goal versus Sens
GSan Jose Sharks
March 6, 2020
Dell will be in the crease when the Sharks host the Senators on Saturday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
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Loses third straight
GSan Jose Sharks
February 26, 2020
Dell allowed four goals on 27 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Flyers on Tuesday.
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Starting in Philadelphia
GSan Jose Sharks
February 25, 2020
Dell will guard the goal during Tuesday's road game versus the Flyers, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.
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