Anthony Cirelli

Anthony Cirelli

24-Year-Old CenterC
Tampa Bay Lightning
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Cirelli had a strange season in 2020-21. His role on the Tampa Bay power play increased (1:56 of ice time per game) considerably with both Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos sidelined for most or all of the regular season, but Cirelli's overall production (9 goals, 22 points in 50 games) was way down compared to the prior year (16 goals, 44 points in 68 games). Cirelli is excellent defensively and that alone will earn him consistent ice time for arguably the league's best team in the Lightning, but his 15-goal, 36-point pace from last season isn't going to cut it for fantasy managers. It will, however, be interesting to see how much Cirelli's role changes with teammates Blake Coleman, Barclay Goodrow, Yanne Gourde and Tyler Johnson all leaving this offseason. Consider him a late-round pick with some upside until further notice. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $14.4 million contract with the Lightning in December of 2020.
On career-best pace
CTampa Bay Lightning
December 1, 2021
Cirelli had a goal and a power-play assist in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout loss to St. Louis.
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Cirelli helped the Lightning race out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, but Tampa Bay's offense dried up after that, allowing the home side to orchestrate a comeback. With seven goals and 14 points through 21 games, the 24-year-old Cirelli is on pace to top his career highs of 19 goals and 44 points, set in 2018-19 and 2019-20, respectively.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    20:16
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:24
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:22
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
18:28
0:57
2:49
2020–21
17:45
1:56
2:02
2021–22
20:16
2:24
2:22
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Two tallies in win over Wild
CTampa Bay Lightning
November 21, 2021
Cirelli scored two goals, one on the power play, in Sunday's 5-4 shootout win over the Wild.
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Buries goal in win
CTampa Bay Lightning
November 15, 2021
Cirelli scored a goal on two shots and added 17 PIM in Monday's 4-1 win over the Islanders.
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Two-point effort against Sens
CTampa Bay Lightning
November 6, 2021
Cirelli scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Senators.
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Keys win over Capitals
CTampa Bay Lightning
November 1, 2021
Cirelli scored a power-play goal and added a pair of assists Monday in a 3-2 win over Washington. He also had two PIM.
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Solid start to season
CTampa Bay Lightning
October 23, 2021
Cirelli has one goal and two assists in four games this season.
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