John Klingberg

John Klingberg

31-Year-Old DefensemanD
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
IR-LT
Injury Hip
Est. Return 9/15/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Klingberg couldn't get a long-term deal last summer, so he instead settled for a prove-it contract with the Ducks. By the end of the year, he was in Minnesota following a trade with the Wild. He ended the campaign having accumulated 33 points (10 on the power play), 84 blocked shots and a minus-25 rating over 67 regular-season games. The defensive flaws can be explained by spending time in Anaheim, but he really didn't end up proving anything more than he had in recent years. He's good for a little more than 0.5 points per game and can run a power play, which is likely all the Maple Leafs will look for from him after signing him to a one-year contract in July. A potential power-play role could prove fruitful, but at best, Klingberg's likely to land in the 55-60 point range with little other production in 2023-24. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $4.15 million contract with the Maple Leafs in July of 2023.
Done for season
DToronto Maple Leafs  Free Agent
Hip
December 6, 2023
Maple Leafs general manager Brad Treliving said Wednesday that Klingberg will undergo hip surgery and miss the remainder of the season, David Alter of SI.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Klingberg will complete the campaign with five assists, 11 hits and 14 blocks in 14 contests. The 31-year-old defenseman, who has a $4.15 million cap hit, was put on the long-term injured reserve list Nov. 23. He can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    20:33
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:24
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2021–22
22:13
2:50
0:15
2022–23
20:52
2:07
0:02
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19:56
3:34
0:01
2023–24
20:33
3:24
0:00
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In what would be his final season in Dallas, Klingberg played in 74 games, posting 40-plus points (47) for the sixth time in eight years. He also finished with exactly 20 power-play points, the fourth time he has reached that level. On a more sour note, Klingberg's minus-28 rating was horrific. The Swede entered unrestricted free agency this past offseason looking for a lucrative long-term deal, but instead signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Ducks. Klingberg is betting on himself, and while he will be playing for a worse team, he'll be locked into a massive role for his new club, meaning his fantasy value should hold steady. Klingberg is a No. 2 defender in fantasy drafts this fall.
With 36 points (17 on the power play) in just 53 games last year, it's safe to say Klingberg's back on track after his 32-point campaign in 2019-20. The Swede may no longer be the biggest name on the Stars' blue line, but he brings a steady mix of offense and defense to complement the likes of Miro Heiskanen, Esa Lindell and the newly-acquired Ryan Suter. With three high-scoring defensemen, it'll be interesting to see how head coach Rick Bowness distributes the power-play time, but Klingberg will likely get first dibs regardless. He should exceed 40 points and challenge for 50 while pumping 150 shots on net and adding a blocked shot per game as a lock in the top four. Even better -- he's entering a contract year and will likely want to play well enough to command a significant raise over his $4.25 million per year salary from his current deal.
Klingberg's offense took a hit in 2019-20, with career lows in goals (6), assists (26), points (32) and games played (58). It wasn't for a lack of opportunity, as Klingberg averaged 2:33 on the power play and racked up 17 points with the man advantage. The 28-year-old's decline can be partially attributed to the Stars' weak team offense of just 2.58 goals per game during the regular season. He's also missed large chunks of time to injuries over the last two seasons. Klingberg could be a solid bounce-back candidate in 2020-21, as he's shown the ability to play at a 45-to-50-point pace in the past. He'll also usually chip in around 80 blocked shots.
A hand injury cost Klingberg six weeks early in the season, but when he was on the ice he was as productive as ever, putting together a scoring pace that would have resulted in 13 goals and 58 points over a full 82 games. The 26-year-old remains a key component in the Dallas offense, but he actually fell just below three minutes of ice time a night with the man advantage, as Miro Heiskanen's emergence gave coach Jim Montgomery another option on the point. Klingberg is still the top offensive threat on the blue line, though, and with the forward ranks getting beefed up with additional star power this offseason, his slick passes could be converted into even more assists this season.
Running the point for an offense as top-heavy as Dallas' can pay some big dividends, and Klingberg cashed in last year to the tune of career high in assists, points and power-play points. The 25-year-old possesses elite vision and passing skills, which he uses to clear his own end effectively as well as provide golden opportunities for the likes of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn to light the lamp. Last year's production may just be scratching the surface of what Klingberg's capable of as well, as despite a career-high 204 shots on goal he failed to score double-digit goals for the first time in three years, and his minuscule 3.9 percent shooting is due for some positive regression.
Although Klingberg wasn't able to match his offensive output from 2015-16, in many ways last year was the young blueliner’s best to date in the NHL. Despite skating big minutes for a team that allowed the second most goals in the league, he kept his plus-minus rating in the black, and his defensive play continues to improve as reflected in his career-best 117 blocked shots. Heading into his fourth season, Klingberg will be joined on the Stars’ top pairing by stay-at-home veteran Marc Methot, which should free him up to jump into the rush more often just as Methot’s former partner Erik Karlsson did. Expecting Karlsson-like numbers from Klingberg might be asking too much, but with the team adding offensive talent up front in the offseason as well, Klingberg could threaten the 60-point mark once again.
After busting into the NHL as an offensive juggernaut from the back end in his rookie year, Klingberg’s used his first full season to cement his status as one of the league’s elite blueliners with a 58-point campaign, good for fifth at his position. But even though he’s a power-play force, having racked up 22 points in those situations, Klingberg’s anything but a liability on his own end, as he posted a matching plus-22 rating. Considering the Stars were below average in both defense and goaltending, that accomplishment highlights just how impressive the Swede’s two-way game is – and just how great life can be when you get to feed the puck to superstars Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. With six years left on the contract extension he signed in April of 2015, he’ll be providing Dallas (and fantasy owners) with great value from the blue line into the next decade.
Precious few rookie defensemen in the last couple decades -- and especially those without much of a draft pedigree -- have exploded onto the scene with a force approaching that of Klingberg's arrival in the NHL last season. After only 13 career games at the AHL level, the Swedish defenseman came up to Dallas and dominated almost from the word go, quickly growing into a clutch performer and an integral weapon on the Stars' power play. That's the role he'll occupy this year, and with a full 82-game slate, he should be able to improve on last seasons's numbers. While it'll be tough for him to maintain that very high 11.2 shooting percentage, Klingberg can reasonably be expected to increase the number of pucks he launches on goal this season, giving him a legitimate shot at double-digit markers again.
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Being evaluated
DToronto Maple Leafs  Free Agent
Hip
November 27, 2023
Klingberg (hip) has a doctor appointment scheduled for this week in New York to determine the next step in his recovery process, David Alter of Sports Illustrated reports.
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Put on LTIR
DToronto Maple Leafs  Free Agent
Undisclosed
November 23, 2023
Klingberg (undisclosed) was placed on the long-term injured reserve list Thursday.
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Will miss next two games
DToronto Maple Leafs  Free Agent
Undisclosed
November 22, 2023
Klingberg (undisclosed) will miss Toronto's games against Chicago on Friday and Pittsburgh on Saturday, per David Alter of Sports Illustrated.
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Not playing Sunday
DToronto Maple Leafs  Free Agent
Undisclosed
November 18, 2023
Klingberg (undisclosed) has been ruled out of Sunday's tilt in Sweden versus Minnesota, David Alter of Sports Illustrated reports.
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Doubtful Friday
DToronto Maple Leafs  Free Agent
Undisclosed
November 15, 2023
Klingberg (undisclosed) is likely to miss Friday's game against Detroit, per Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun.
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Relationship with team souring?
DToronto Maple Leafs  Free Agent
November 16, 2023
James Mirtle told Sportsnet 590 The FAN that he believes Klingberg, who is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, is "precariously close" to not being part of the Maple Leafs anymore.
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Klingberg has played just 14 games with Toronto after signing a one-year, $4.15 million contract over the summer, but his poor defensive play seems to have soured his relationship with the Maple Leafs quickly. Klingberg has always been known as more of an offensive defenseman, but with five assists this campaign, he likely also hasn't been as big a factor in that regard as Toronto was hoping. The Maple Leafs are reportedly talking with Calgary about a potential trade involving a defenseman, and Mirtle suggested Klingberg might be sent the Flames' way in order to make the cap numbers work.
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