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
$Signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Blues in July of 2017.
Skating at full speed
DSt. Louis Blues
April 8, 2019
Parayko (undisclosed) practiced without limitations and will be ready to play in Game 1 versus the Jets on Wednesday, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
All indications point to Parayko missing the last two games simply for rest purposes. His two-way game will be vital for the Blues in the postseason, as he averaged 22:47 of ice time this season. Although his point total dropped below 30 points (28) for the first time in his career, Parayko set career highs in hits (127) and blocked shots (157) while posting a solid plus-20 rating through 80 games.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:47
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:18
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:25
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
21:12
1:45
2:07
2017–18
22:37
1:56
1:54
2018–19
22:47
1:18
1:25
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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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Should be ready for Game 1
DSt. Louis Blues
Undisclosed
April 6, 2019
Parayko (undisclosed) is expected to be ready for Game 1 of the Blues' first-round playoff series, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
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Late scratch Saturday
DSt. Louis Blues
Undisclosed
April 6, 2019
Parayko (undisclosed) wasn't on the ice for warmups, so it appears that he'll be rested for the regular-season finale against the Canucks on Saturday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
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Saturday status up in the air
DSt. Louis Blues
Undisclosed
April 5, 2019
Blues head coach Craig Berube said he's not sure if Parayko (undisclosed) will play Saturday, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
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Won't play Thursday
DSt. Louis Blues
Undisclosed
April 4, 2019
Parayko (undisclosed) won't suit up for Thursday's game against Philadelphia, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
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Productive in shootout loss
DSt. Louis Blues
April 3, 2019
Parayko notched two assists in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Blackhawks.
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