Erik Gustafsson
Erik Gustafsson
29-Year-Old DefensemanD
New York Islanders
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Gustafsson began last season in Philadelphia before being shipped to Montreal in April. His offensive production (12 points in 29 games) was fine as usual, but his sub-par defensive play banished him to the press box for long stretches at a time. Gustafsson has value as a power-play specialist who is severely sheltered at even strength, but NHL clubs would rather hand that opportunity to a younger player as opposed to a 29-year-old veteran. Gustafsson remains unsigned late into free agency for a reason. Look elsewhere for your late-round fantasy production. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a professional tryout offer with the Islanders in September of 2021.
Joining Islanders on PTO
DNew York Islanders
September 16, 2021
Gustafsson is set to sign a professional tryout offer with the Islanders, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
ANALYSIS
Gustafsson appeared in 29 games split between the Canadiens and the Flyers last season, picking up one goal and 12 points over that span. If the 29-year-old blueliner is able to secure a contract with the Isles during training camp, he'll likely be deployed as a rotational, bottom-pairing option during the upcoming campaign.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:23
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:53
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:24
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:27
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
Ice Time
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Short-Handed
2018–19
22:35
3:02
0:07
2019–20
18:01
1:41
0:00
2019–20
20:40
2:49
0:12
2020–21
13:23
1:53
0:00
2020–21
17:24
2:27
0:01
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Gustafsson started the 2019-20 campaign with the Blackhawks, totaling six goals and 26 points in 59 games before being dealt to the Flames at the trade deadline, where he added three helpers in seven regular-season contests and four apples in 10 postseason tilts. The 28-year-old Swede joined the Flyers on a one-year deal this offseason, and he's expected to settle into a top-four role and a spot on the second power-play unit with his new club in 2020-21. Gustafsson should be able to produce at around a 35-point pace with Philadelphia during the upcoming campaign, a third of which should come with the man advantage, but that won't make him anything more than a fringe bench option in most fantasy formats.
Gustafsson exploded last season, setting career highs in goals (17), assists (43), shots on goal (160) and power-play points (18) while averaging 22:35 of ice time in 79 appearances. The 27-year-old Swede was unable to gain the trust of former coach Joel Quenneville during his first three seasons in Chicago, appearing in just 76 NHL contests over that span, but rookie head coach Jeremy Colliton was far more willing to forgive Gustafsson's defensive lapses last year in order to utilize his strengths (quarterbacking the power play and joining the attack on the rush. That leap of faith paid dividends, and allowed Gustafsson to emerge as one of the NHL's top offensive-minded blueliners. The 2012 fourth-round pick finished sixth among all defensemen in scoring last campaign, and there's no reason to believe he won't be able to put up similar numbers in 2019-20. The fact that Gustafsson's set to become an unrestricted free agent ahead of the 2020-21 season is a bit of a concern from a fantasy standpoint, as the Blackhawks may be tempted to move him at the trade deadline if they're not in a playoff position, but fantasy owners shouldn't let that hypothetical deter them from snagging the left-handed rearguard as a high-end No.2 option during this year's drafts.
Gustafsson only appeared in 35 games with the Blackhawks last season, but he was pretty productive over that span, picking up five goals and 16 points while averaging 18:33 of ice time per contest. The 2012 fourth-round pick appears poised to slot into a middle-pairing role this campaign, and if he's given opportunities to contribute on the power play, he could realistically eclipse the 40-point mark, making him a fine depth addition to most fantasy rosters.
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Scores on power play
DMontreal Canadiens
June 7, 2021
Gustafsson scored a power-play goal on two shots in Monday's 3-2 overtime win over the Jets in Game 4.
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Provides power-play assist
DMontreal Canadiens
May 31, 2021
Gustafsson recorded a power-play assist in Monday's 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs in Game 7.
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Logs two helpers in loss
DMontreal Canadiens
April 25, 2021
Gustaffsson had two assists, one on the power play, and five shots on net over 12:13 of ice time in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Flames.
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Has minimal role Friday
DMontreal Canadiens
April 24, 2021
Gustafsson finished plus-1 over 7:12 of ice time in Friday's 4-2 loss to Calgary.
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In lineup Friday
DMontreal Canadiens
April 23, 2021
Gustafsson will make his Canadiens debut Friday against Calgary, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
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