Alexander Romanov

Alexander Romanov

24-Year-Old DefensemanD
New York Islanders
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Most players don't see a boost in offense when going to the Islanders, but Romanov's first year with the team saw him produce 22 points in 76 contests. He added 198 hits, 129 blocked shots and 100 shots on goal while filling a top-four role, though that came with virtually no power-play time. Still just 23 years old, Romanov could find another level on offense before reaching his peak, but he'll likely always be more of a sturdy defensive presence. The Islanders saw very little turnover from a team that squeaked into the playoffs, so Romanov's role should remain largely the same entering 2023-24. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract with the Islanders in August of 2022.
Picks up helper
DNew York Islanders
April 20, 2024
Romanov posted an assist in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 1.
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Romanov has earned six helpers over 10 contests since the start of April. The 24-year-old defenseman matched his career high with 22 points during the regular season, adding 157 hits, 171 blocked shots and a plus-23 rating in a top-four role. He's unlikely to put up gaudy scoring numbers, but he can be useful in fantasy formats that reward his physical play.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    20:50
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:03
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2021–22
20:24
0:06
2:35
2022–23
19:27
0:02
2:01
2023–24
20:50
0:03
2:00
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Islanders did virtually nothing to improve their roster this offseason, but they did go out and land Romanov from Montreal in a draft-day deal. The team then inked the restricted free agent to a new three-year, $7.5 million contract. Romanov has recorded 19 points in 133 career NHL games, so fantasy managers shouldn't be drafting him for his offense, but the rugged defender posted a whopping 227 hits and 144 blocks in 79 games a season ago, giving him significant late-round fantasy value in leagues which value those categories. Don't forget about him on draft day.
Romanov began his rookie season with two points in his first three games, but managed just four points in 51 games the rest of the way. The young Russian was banished to the press box for all but four of Montreal's postseason contests. Shea Weber will miss the entire 2021-22 season due to injury and is unlikely to play again, leaving increased responsibility for Romanov this coming year. Romanov averaged 17:05 of ice time per game last season and it wouldn't be the least bit surprising if he flirted with 20 minutes per night campaign. There's sneaky deep league value here for those looking for some points and upwards of 200 hits late in their draft.
Romanov comes to the Canadiens with plenty of opportunity. The defenseman only managed 11 points in 86 career KHL games with CSKA Moscow, but he's expected to compete for a bottom-pairing role with Montreal in 2020-21. Romanov, a second-round pick from 2018, won't unseat Shea Weber or Jeff Petry among the Canadiens' right-shot defenders, so he'll be able to play sheltered minutes during his first North American season. Scoring expectations for Romanov should be fairly modest given his track record, so fantasy managers may want to watch him from a distance unless he takes a dramatic leap forward.
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Notches assist in win
DNew York Islanders
April 6, 2024
Romanov posted an assist, three hits and four blocked shots in Saturday's 2-0 win over the Predators.
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Picks up two helpers
DNew York Islanders
April 5, 2024
Romanov had a pair of assists in the Islanders' 4-2 victory over Columbus on Thursday.
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Finds twine in win
DNew York Islanders
March 7, 2024
Romanov scored a goal on four shots and blocked two shots in Thursday's 7-2 win over the Sharks.
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On track to play
DNew York Islanders
February 13, 2024
Romanov (lower body) is expected to play Tuesday versus the Kraken, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
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Game-time call
DNew York Islanders
Lower Body
February 13, 2024
Romanov (lower body) will be a game-time decision versus the Kraken on Tuesday.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Trade imminent
DMontreal Canadiens
July 7, 2022
Romanov's negotiating rights are expected to be traded during the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Romanov posted 13 points in 79 contests in his second NHL campaign last year, but it appears the Canadiens are ready to move on from the 22-year-old. The Canadiens are not short on young defensemen, so it makes sense that they are interested in dealing from a position of strength.
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