Matthew Tkachuk
Matthew Tkachuk
21-Year-Old Left WingLW
Calgary Flames
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After being selected sixth overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Tkachuk has wasted little time making a name for himself in the NHL. The 20-year-old forward racked up 37 goals and 97 points in 144 games over his first two seasons in Calgary. He's also amassed 330 shots on goal while maintaining a physical edge, doling out 145 hits during that span. Tkachuk was a threat on the power play a season ago, netting 17 points. However, given the additions of James Neal and Elias Lindholm, it'll be interesting to see how new bench boss Bill Peters elects to use Tkachuk on special teams in 2018-19. Even if his time on the man advantage is limited, the Arizona native profiles as a solid offensive contributor and banking on a 50-point campaign is by no means crazy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Flames in July of 2016.
Struggles continuing
LWCalgary Flames
February 12, 2019
Tkachuk skated in his 200th NHL game Tuesday, a 6-3 loss to the Lightning.
The milestone was about the only positive for the left winger, who remains scoreless in five games in February. Over that span, he has provided fantasy owners with four hits, 12 shots on goal, five PIM and a minus-4 rating. He's still young at only 21 years old, but the recent dearth of points has put a damper on his breakout season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Tkachuk’s strong rookie campaign may have been lost in all the hype over the star debuts of fellow 2016 draftees Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, but his 48 points (13 goals, 35 assists) were good enough for sixth among rookies in 2016-17. Those scoring figures become even more impressive when you realize that the 19-year-old averaged a mere 14:40 of ice time last season; that was at least partially due to Tkachuk’s rookie-leading 105 penalty minutes, but even when accounting for that, it appears that Calgary’s coaching staff wanted to keep the rising star fresh for the future. If the youngster can spend less time in the penalty box and more time on the ice -- including on the power play, where he averaged 2:01 last season -- he'll be an excellent candidate to break out as a sophomore.
Nabbed with the sixth pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the son of borderline NHL Hall of Famer Keith Tkachuk will get a chance to stick with the Flames straight out of camp and maybe even win a top-six role. He has little left to prove in junior hockey, as Tkachuk’s only OHL campaign resulted in 107 regular-season points, then an absurd playoff performance: 20 goals and 20 assists in 18 games. The 18-year-old has good size, skates reasonably well, sees the ice brilliantly, and can shoot and pass with the best of them; in short, he has the complete package to be just as big a star as his father, if not quite the same sort of player. Tkachuk plays a more refined style of hockey than his dad in some respects, but he’s still going to pester opponents while doing the hard work down low and in tight that the Flames need from him. He’s a must-own player in keeper leagues and a worthy late-round flier in yearly formats.
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Pushing into elite tier
LWCalgary Flames
January 13, 2019
Tkachuk scored two even-strength goals Sunday in a 7-1 trouncing of the Coyotes.
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Career-high 50 points
LWCalgary Flames
January 7, 2019
Tkachuk dished out a power-play assist in Monday's win over the Blackhawks.
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Reaches new heights offensively
LWCalgary Flames
December 31, 2018
Tkachuk collected two goals -- including a power-play marker -- to complement another pair of assists in Monday's 8-5 home win over the Sharks.
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Pots game-winner
LWCalgary Flames
December 15, 2018
Tkachuk scored his 14th goal of the season in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Wild.
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Posts four assists for second time
LWCalgary Flames
December 12, 2018
Tkachuk registered four assists and seven shots on goal in a 6-5 overtime victory against the Flyers on Wednesday.
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