Michal Kempny
Michal Kempny
30-Year-Old DefensemanD
Washington Capitals
IR-NR
Injury Achilles
Est. Return 5/3/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Kempny underwent Achilles surgery in October. That procedure carries a recovery timeline of six-to-eight months, which puts his return in April in a best-case scenario. The 30-year-old blueliner was a solid middle-pairing option with 18 points, 72 blocked shots and a plus-19 rating in 58 contests last year. Zdeno Chara and Jonas Siegenthaler figure to cover for Kempny's absence for the bulk of the 2020-21 campaign, and fantasy managers in all formats can safely skip over him in their drafts. Even if he returns during the regular season, his value will be limited to deeper formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $10 million contract with the Capitals in June of 2018.
Skates with taxi squad
DWashington Capitals
Achilles
April 8, 2021
Kempny (Achilles) skated with the Capitals' taxi squad Thursday, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
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Kempny has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on his Achilles tendon in October. Getting on the ice with Washington's taxi squad is certainly a step in the right direction, but he's undoubtedly still a ways off from returning to game action. The 30-year-old blueliner could, however, be ready to rock in time for the playoffs. He picked up 18 points while posting a plus-19 rating in 58 games last season.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
19:11
0:01
1:39
2019–20
18:38
0:04
1:35
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Kempny was an integral part of the Capitals' Stanley Cup run in 2018, but he managed to exceed expectations the following season. The Czech defender set career highs in goals (six), points (25), plus/minus (plus-24) and ice time (19:11) in 71 games during the 2018-19 season and cemented his place on Washington's top defensive pairing until a torn hamstring ended his season in mid March. Kempny is expected to be healthy for training camp, but he may struggle to get back into form.
Kempny had a rollercoaster season in 2017-18. Failing to garner consistent playing time with the Blackhawks, the rearguard ended up as one of the more impactful trade-deadline acquisitions in recent history, becoming a mainstay, top-four cog for the Capitals during their Stanley Cup run. Kempny was rewarded with a four-year, $10 million contract extension and he is expected to return alongside John Carlson for the near future. An offseason to get further acclimated to his new surroundings and consistent top-four minutes could set the stage for better offensive totals in 2017-18, but his fantasy value remains somewhat limited until he can find a higher gear.
Kempny was solid in his 2016-17 rookie campaign, notching eight points (two goals, six assists), 67 shots on goal and 76 hits in 50 games with the Blackhawks. The Slovakian blueliner should establish himself as a regular member of Chicago’s lineup this season; while he should improve upon his numbers from a season ago, there’s no reason to believe his expanded role will translate to fantasy appeal in 2017-18.
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Starts skating
DWashington Capitals
Achilles
February 19, 2021
Kempny (Achilles) skated on his own prior to Friday's practice, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
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Suffers Achilles injury
DWashington Capitals
Achilles
October 6, 2020
Kempny has undergone successful surgery on his Achilles tendon and will miss the next 6-8 months.
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Watching from press box Sunday
DWashington Capitals
August 16, 2020
Kempny won't suit up for Sunday's Game 3 versus the Islanders, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
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Bags apple Sunday
DWashington Capitals
August 10, 2020
Kempny registered an assist, two shots and six hits during Sunday's 2-1 round-robin win over the Bruins.
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Rejoins team
DWashington Capitals
July 14, 2020
Kempny took part in Tuesday's practice, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
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