Colton Parayko
Colton Parayko
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
St. Louis Blues
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Parayko entered the NHL at 22 years old after just 17 games in the AHL. "The Kid" went on to post at least 24 assists in each of his first three seasons with the big club -- the first Blue ever to accomplish that feat. It's not often a player can fire up his NHL career in that manner, so it's tough not to be optimistic about Parayko's ceiling. Now 25 years old, he boasts a 6-foot-6, 230-pound frame and a rocketing slap shot that the Blues hope he'll leverage into becoming a goal-scoring threat and power-play asset. He was more comfortable loading up his cannon last season as well, shooting 212 times. It won't be long before Parayko starts tickling the twine more, which would certainly vault him into the 50-point territory -- he had 35 points in 82 games last season. Parayko is a top sleeper candidate for fantasy owners who think he could blossom this campaign with a fiery new offense in front of him. Read Past Outlooks
Misses practice Thursday
DSt. Louis Blues
November 8, 2018
Parayko was excused from practice Thursday to attend to a personal matter, but is expected to be in the lineup against San Jose on Friday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
ANALYSIS
In his last five outings, Parayko has tallied two points, 10 hits and eight blocks while averaging 21:37 of ice time. The blueliner has been primarily utilized on the secondary power-play unit, but has still managed to record two of his five points with the man advantage. In each of his prior three seasons, the Alberta native reached the 30-point mark, and he should do so again this year.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    21:38
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:57
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:43
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
21:12
1:45
2:07
2017–18
22:37
1:56
1:54
2018–19
21:38
0:57
1:43
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
A lightly regarded prospect before he came to hockey’s highest level, Parayko came out firing in his first two NHL seasons, posting 33 and then 35 points, which earned him a five-year deal extension with the Blues this past offseason. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound blueliner unleashes rockets from the blue line, which have earned him a role on the power play -- he cracked double-digit points with the man advantage last season, mostly in a second-unit role. He gets it done on both ends of the ice, too, as he’s posted a combined plus-35 rating in his two campaigns. Now 24 years old, Parayko will have a more important role in the defensive rotation as well as on the power play now that Kevin Shattenkirk has left St. Louis. This should be the year that Parayko breaks the 40-point barrier and fires more than 200 shots on goal, which would make him a steady starter in nearly any fantasy format.
Parayko quite literally blasted his way onto the Blues lineup last season – his shot is heavy and hard, and comes at goalies at more than 100 mph. He got off to a lightning-fast start to 2015-16, notching 10 points in his first 14 games and breaking the glass behind the Vancouver net in early-October. Hey – maybe that's why Ryan Miller played scared the whole season. Parayko finished with nine goals and 33 points in 78 games, and was the Blues' most reliable possession defender in both shot generation and suppression categories... as a rookie! That's pretty darn impressive for a pick out of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, who was passed over by all 30 teams the first year he was draft eligible. Parayko's surprisingly nimble on his skates for a guy who stands 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, and he has all of the attributes of a star on the rise. He may surpass Alex Pietrangelo's production this year and could soon be among the top-10 two-way studs in the entire league. Seriously.
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Taking part in Saturday's contest
DSt. Louis Blues
November 3, 2018
Parayko (illness) took the ice for warm-ups, indicating that he'll suit up Saturday against the WIld, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
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Battling illness, game-time call
DSt. Louis Blues
Illness
November 3, 2018
Parayko is dealing with an illness, therefore, he'll be a game-time decision for Saturday's home contest against the Wild, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
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Scores in Thursday's win
DSt. Louis Blues
November 2, 2018
Parayko scored an even-strength goal in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Golden Knights.
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Registers second goal of year
DSt. Louis Blues
October 22, 2018
Parayko scored a goal in Monday's 5-4 win over the Jets.
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Fires three shots on goal
DSt. Louis Blues
October 20, 2018
Parayko directed three shots on goal and blocked three shots in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs.
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