Neal Pionk
Neal Pionk
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
Winnipeg Jets
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was a reason the Jets wanted Pionk as part of the Jacob Trouba deal last summer, and the offensively-gifted blueliner paid dividends for the club by setting career highs in assists (39), points (45) and shots on goal (177) last season. Additionally, the dynamic youngster logged 2:56 of power-play ice time per game, which enabled him to rack up 25 of his 45 points with the man advantage. Heading into the 2020-21 campaign, Pionk is unlikely to unseat Josh Morrissey as the preferred defenseman with the No. 1 power-play unit in 2020-21, but he should still see plenty of opportunities with the second group. At just 24 years of age, the Nebraskan is just entering his prime and could set even higher personal bests during the upcoming campaign unless there's another shortened season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Jets in July of 2019.
Sets up equalizer
DWinnipeg Jets
February 25, 2021
Pionk posted an assist, two shots on goal and two PIM in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Canadiens.
ANALYSIS
Pionk had the primary helper on Blake Wheeler's game-tying goal at 14:31 of the second period. The helper extended Pionk's point streak to five games, during which he has two goals and four assists. The 25-year-old was held without a hit for just the second time in 19 contests this year. He has 16 points (three goals, 13 apples), 32 shots on net, 43 hits and 22 blocked shots.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:21
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:59
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:25
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
21:10
1:30
2:53
2019–20
23:23
2:56
0:54
2020–21
22:21
1:59
1:25
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Pionk has shown some promise offensively with 40 points in 101 NHL games, but he's also struggled mightily in his own zone and owns a minus-17 rating. Getting traded from the Rangers to the Jets in the offseason will result in a reduced role for Pionk after he averaged 21:10 of ice time last season, but he'll also benefit from playing sheltered minutes on one of the league's most talented teams. While Pionk's scoring ability is intriguing, his shortcomings in the defensive end will make it tough for him to carve out anything more than a third-pairing role with Winnipeg.
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.
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Strikes on power play
DWinnipeg Jets
February 21, 2021
Pionk scored a power-play goal on three shots in Sunday's 4-3 overtime win over the Canucks.
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Assists on insurance tally
DWinnipeg Jets
February 19, 2021
Pionk produced an assist, two hits and a plus-2 rating in Friday's 2-0 win over the Canucks.
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Stays hot with goal
DWinnipeg Jets
February 17, 2021
Pionk scored a goal on two shots and blocked three shots in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Oilers.
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Provides pair of helpers
DWinnipeg Jets
February 15, 2021
Pionk recorded two assists, four hits and two PIM in Monday's 6-5 win over the Oilers.
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Closes out scoring in win
DWinnipeg Jets
February 11, 2021
Pionk scored his first goal of the season in Thursday's 5-1 win over Ottawa. He also had three shots, two blocks and two hits.
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