Neal Pionk
Neal Pionk
23-Year-Old DefensemanD
New York Rangers
Out
Injury Lower Body
Est. Return 1/29/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Pionk performed well in his first NHL action last season, posting 14 points in 28 games, including five on the power play. He'll almost certainly wind up spending the full season with the big club this time around, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the 23-year-old defenseman skating on the second defensive pairing and second power-play unit. The University of Minnesota-Duluth product has good offensive instincts on the blue line and held his own with a minus-1 rating as a rookie, so there's a lot to like about Pionk, especially in dynasty formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an entry-level contract with the Rangers in May of 2017.
Out through All-Star break
DNew York Rangers
Lower Body
January 15, 2019
Pionk (lower body) will not return until after the NHL's All-Star break, according to Rangers coach David Quinn, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
ANALYSIS
The 2019 NHL All-Star Weekend will take place Jan. 25-26. Evidently, Pionk's going to miss all three games prior to the star-studded action in San Jose, which is terrible news for a Rangers team that relies heavily on the burgeoning defenseman. Despite going undrafted, Pionk averaged close to a half-point between his first 70 contests at the top level. As if that wasn't enough, Quinn will have to find alternatives for both the power play and penalty kill.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:42
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:56
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    3:01
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
22:23
1:15
2:21
2018–19
22:42
1:56
3:01
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Will play Sunday
DNew York Rangers
January 13, 2019
Contrary to a previous report, Pionk (lower body) will be in the lineup for Sunday's game in Columbus.
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Out Sunday
DNew York Rangers
Lower Body
January 13, 2019
Pionk (lower body) will not be in the lineup for Sunday's contest in Columbus,
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Possibility for Sunday
DNew York Rangers
Lower Body
January 12, 2019
Pionk (lower body) "might" be an option for Sunday's game against the Blue Jackets, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
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Scratched with lower-body issue
DNew York Rangers
Lower Body
January 12, 2019
Pionk will miss Saturday's game with a minor lower-body injury, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
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Multi-point effort in loss
DNew York Rangers
December 22, 2018
Pionk scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
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