Keegan Kolesar

Keegan Kolesar

27-Year-Old Right WingRW
Vegas Golden Knights
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Injuries occasionally saw Kolesar move up the lineup for Vegas in 2022-23, but he's best deployed as a fourth-liner. He had 18 points, 279 hits, 68 PIM and 63 shots on goal in 74 contests last season while occasionally seeing time in the middle six. Kolesar fills the need for a physical forward for the Golden Knights, especially with a lackluster forward prospect crop for a team that somewhat sacrificed its future to win the Stanley Cup in 2022-23. He should continue to have a fair amount of job security, but fantasy managers can get their grit on draft day from higher-scoring forwards than Kolesar. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.2 million contract with the Golden Knights in August of 2022.
Manages assist Sunday
RWVegas Golden Knights
April 14, 2024
Kolesar notched an assist, four hits and two blocked shots in Sunday's 4-3 overtime win over the Avalanche.
ANALYSIS
Kolesar has two goals and two assists over six games in April. That's already more offense than he's had in every month but January this season. The 27-year-old has 18 points, 71 shots on net, 269 hits, 49 PIM and a minus-8 rating through 77 contests overall, a level of production nearly identical to last season.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    10:52
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:02
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:22
 
Ice Time
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Short-Handed
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12:40
0:28
0:34
2022–23
11:28
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2023–24
10:52
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0:22
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Role expected to grow
RWVegas Golden Knights
January 18, 2023
Kolesar is expected to see more time as a penalty-killer while Mark Stone, who's week-to-week with an upper-body injury, is on the shelf, The Athletic's Jesse Granger reports.
ANALYSIS
Kolesar has only averaged 0:08 of ice time as a penalty-killer through 43 games this season, a figure that should grow significantly during Stone's extended absence. Kolesar's picked up five goals and 10 points as a bottom-six option for Vegas this year.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Kolesar became a bottom-six mainstay for Vegas a season ago, playing in 77 of the club's 82 games. The offense was predictably limited (seven goals, 24 points), but Kolesar added a massive physical presence to the lineup, finishing the year with 246 hits, a number that placed him tenth overall in the league. Recently inked to a new three-year, $4.2 million contract this past August, the 25-year-old Winnipeg native will fill a similar role for the Golden Knights in 2022-23, making him an intriguing cheap source of hits in the latter stages of your fantasy draft.
Kolesar became a regular part of the Golden Knights' lineup in 2020-21, registering three goals, 10 assists, 107 hits and 30 PIM in 44 games. That was enough to convince the front office that fan favorite Ryan Reaves was expendable, and Reaves was subsequently shipped to the Rangers in the offseason. Kolesar enters 2021-22 as Vegas' fourth-line right wing, although he's also occasionally played on the third line and at center when injuries have struck. While the limited role obviously suppresses his ceiling, the Manitoba native should be a reliable source of hits and PIM in 2021-22. However, fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to rack up more than 20 points.
Kolesar made his NHL debut in 2019-20, producing two hits in his lone contest with the Golden Knights. He's been paying his dues with AHL Chicago over the last three years, where he's racked up a modest 67 points in 151 outings. Unfortunately for Kolesar, the Golden Knights have two more proven players with similar playing styles on the roster, as Ryan Reaves and William Carrier will hold down jobs on the fourth line. Should one of the veterans get hurt, the 23-year-old Kolesar would fit in seamlessly with the checking line, but that won't give him much in the way of fantasy value.
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Goals in consecutive games
RWVegas Golden Knights
April 12, 2024
Kolesar scored a goal and added three hits in Friday's 7-2 win over the Wild.
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Lone Vegas tally in loss
RWVegas Golden Knights
April 10, 2024
Kolesar notched a shorthanded goal and complied six hits in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Oilers.
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Slides assist in win
RWVegas Golden Knights
April 2, 2024
Kolesar notched an assist, two shots on goal and four hits in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Canucks.
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Knocks in game-winner
RWVegas Golden Knights
March 21, 2024
Kolesar scored a goal and added five hits in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Kraken.
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Dishes two assists
RWVegas Golden Knights
March 19, 2024
Kolesar produced a pair of assists and nine hits in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Lightning.
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