Anthony Cirelli
Anthony Cirelli
23-Year-Old CenterC
Tampa Bay Lightning
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Despite being limited to a mere 68 games last season, Cirelli still managed to set new personal bests in assists (28), points (44) and ice time per game (18:28). The two-way center still hasn't signed a new contract with the Lightning, no doubt partially due to the organization's tight cap situation. Assuming everything gets worked out, the 23-year-old Ontario native projects to fill the second-line center role for Tampa Bay this campaign, which would create plenty of opportunities for him to continue producing at a high level. In redraft formats, Cirelli will be a solid mid-round selection this year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $14.4 million contract with the Lightning in December of 2020.
Two-point night to start season
CTampa Bay Lightning
January 13, 2021
Cirelli finished with a goal, an assist, four shots and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Blackhawks.
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Cirelli's one of the league's best two-way forwards, and his versatile skill set was on full display in this one. The highlight of his night was a first-period deflection that left goaltender Malcolm Subban with no chance on a puck that was originally on track to miss the net. Cirelli scored 44 points in 68 games last season but could easily improve his per-game scoring pace in 2021 while centering Tampa Bay's second line and No. 2 power-play unit.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:39
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:03
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:27
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
14:51
0:18
2:43
2019–20
18:28
0:57
2:49
2020–21
14:39
2:03
2:27
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
Cirelli is an extraordinary young player who oozes character and skill. He not only earned Calder votes for his 39-point year in 2018-19, but he also got votes for the Selke. That's almost unheard of for a rookie. Cirelli has speed, smarts and skill, and he's already developing into an elite shutdown center after just one season. He has the potential to play up in the lineup, but he'll likely spend most of 2019-20 on the third line with speedster Mathieu Joseph. Cirelli's dynasty value is higher than single-year formats, but his game is developing quickly and it might only take a couple seasons for him to push Steven Stamkos to wing. Just file that away for future reference.
Cirelli has been underrated everywhere he's played. Nicknamed “Captain Clutch,” the slender pivot was the surprise hero of the Oshawa Generals' Memorial Cup win in 2015. The following season, he delivered 31 points in 22 playoff games for the Erie Otters during their run to the OHL Final. Then, Cirelli stepped right into the AHL postseason in 2017, impressing Bolts brass with his poise and confidence. Last season, he entered the parent-club lineup late but never left, playing 18 regular-season games (11 points) and 17 in the postseason (five points). Cirelli is a smart grinder who surprises with his skill. He's already trending toward an elite shutdown role and reserved a third-line center spot for 2018-19. Think pre-2017 Sean Couturier. Cirelli will get some love in the Calder Trophy race, but who knows what a few years might do for his game.
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Signs three-year contract
CTampa Bay Lightning
December 24, 2020
Cirelli signed a three-year, $14.4 million contract with the Lightning on Thursday.
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Still no deal for coming season
CTampa Bay Lightning
December 19, 2020
Cirelli remains unsigned and the Lightning are about $2 million over the $81.5 million salary cap heading into the 2020-21 season.
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Shows physical side
CTampa Bay Lightning
September 25, 2020
Cirelli produced an assist and a game-high 10 hits in Friday's 5-4 overtime win over the Stars in Game 4.
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Seals series in OT
CTampa Bay Lightning
September 17, 2020
Cirelli scored the game-winning goal in Thursday's 2-1 overtime win over the Islanders in Game 6.
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Back on ice in third period
CTampa Bay Lightning
September 17, 2020
Cirelli (knee) returned to the ice in the third period of Thursday's Game 6 versus the Islanders, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
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