Ryan Suter

Ryan Suter

39-Year-Old DefensemanD
Dallas Stars
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Suter's four-year contract from the summer of 2021 is not aging well. The 38-year-old saw 20:23 worth of ice time per contest last season. He's now a liability in his own zone due to his reduced speed, but he remains an incredibly durable player who's missed all of four games in the last seven years. His cap hit ($3.65 million) makes it impossible to bury him in the minors, and his no-movement clause means he's likely to be around absorbing top-four minutes and second-unit power-play time again in 2023-24. Having said that, Thomas Harley could relegate Suter to the third pairing eventually. Suter can still put up solid numbers in blocked shots and hits, but he will likely struggle to eclipse the 30-point mark in 2023-24 after producing just 25 in 2022-23. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $14.6 million contract with the Stars in July of 2021.
Pots goal Monday
DDallas Stars
February 19, 2024
Suter scored a goal on five shots, blocked two shots and added two PIM in Monday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Bruins.
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Suter's goal was his second of the season. He's earned four points over his last six outings. Nils Lundkvist (concussion) and Jani Hakanpaa (upper body) are not traveling with the Stars, and Miro Heiskanen (personal) was unavailable Monday, opening the door for Suter to see bigger minutes in all situations. While it may be a temporary change, it could help the 39-year-old blueliner kick-start his offense. He's at 14 points, 74 shots on net, 56 hits, 77 blocked shots and a plus-9 rating through 56 appearances.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:29
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:06
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:12
 
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Short-Handed
2021–22
23:39
2:06
1:35
2022–23
20:23
1:37
1:30
2023–24
19:29
0:06
1:12
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Suter continues to chug along at age 37, giving the Stars solid minutes at both ends of the rink. One of the more durable players of his generation, Suter played in all 82 games a season ago, posting 30-plus points (32) for the fourteenth time in the past fifteen years. Suter averaged 23:39 per game, including 2:06 with the man advantage, so it's clear the Stars plan on leaning heavily on him again in 2022-23. There isn't a ton of upside here, but the departure of John Klingberg to Anaheim in free agency should help stabilize Suter's role, making him a worthy late-round fantasy pick in most formats.
Suter's offensive production was down (3 goals, 19 points in 56 games) a season ago, but he still averaged north of 22 minutes of ice time per game (22:11) for a 16th straight year. Caught in a potential cap crunch, the Wild bought out the final four years of Suter's contract this summer, allowing him to sign a four-year, $14.6 million deal with Dallas as an unrestricted free agent. It's a lot of money and a ton of term for a guy who turns 37 years of age this coming January, so hopefully Suter can excel in what should be a slightly smaller role with the Stars. Suter is nothing more than a late-round guy in fantasy leagues at this stage of his career.
Suter continued his excellent and consistent play with 48 points (18 on the power play) in 69 contests last year. Had the league not been put on pause in March, he likely would have logged the third 50-point campaign of his career. Suter did, however, see his ice time drop 2:04 from 2018-19 -- his 24:38 per game in 2019-20 was his lowest ice time average since 2009-2010. Nonetheless, the 34-year-old blueliner has shown no signs of slowing down, although he was held out of the Wild's last playoff game with a foot injury. He'll almost certainly be ready for the start of the 2020-21 campaign, and fantasy managers should consider Suter a top-20 option for their virtual blue line.
Suter was a true iron man last season, suiting up in all 82 games for the seventh time in his career. He logged major minutes also, averaging 26:42 and 3:04 on the power play. He also notched 47 points, with 15 of those coming with the man advantage. Even as he is set to turn 35 next season, Suter is still one of the best fantasy assets on the back end in the league. He'll also expected to get one of his defensive partners back from injury in Mathew Dumba, which will lift some burden off Suter's shoulders.
Suter began to show his age a little in 2017-18, though you might not know it from a quick glance at his stats. The 33-year-old was still a strong offensive force off the blue line, topping his career high with 51 points, but his ice time continues to inch downward and he averaged his fewest minutes per game since he left Nashville. His plus-minus rating was also in the negatives, albeit barely, for the first time in nearly a decade. As a fixture on the Wild power play, Suter possesses an excellent floor for his production, and even if the coaching staff continues its efforts to reduce his mileage, he's still going to be the first defenseman over the boards in every key situation given his experience, hockey IQ and rock-solid consistency.
One of the most reliable defensemen in recent history, Suter led the league while setting a new career best with a plus-34 rating this past season. Perhaps less is more for the 32-year-old, who averaged 26:55 of ice time per game, his lowest mark since joining the Wild, but still tallied yet another 40-point season -- a notable drop from his 51 in 2015-16, but that assist-heavy total was out of line with his typical production. Intensely consistent and durable, Suter has played a full schedule in four of his past five seasons, but it’s also become apparent that he needs some help if the Wild want to snap out of their playoff slump. Still in the midst of his lengthy prime, the Wisconsin native should be in for another typically excellent season as the Wild’s top blueliner, though he’s not quite as elite in fantasy as he is in real life.
Suter’s a pillar on the Minnesota blue line, but for fantasy purposes, he’s typically been a reliable and unspectacular performer. It took only a little spike in assists, though, to push his point total over 50 for the first time last year, and he put up 21 of those on the power play. There are reasons to be optimistic about a repeat – Suter’s always enjoyed big minutes on the man advantage (and in every other situation), and he took a career-high 188 shots on goal last year, reflecting increased offensive involvement. He’s also an ultra-reliable source of positive rating, and if your league happens to count ice time and blocked shots, he’s a superstar.
When it comes to workhorses, other than maybe the Kings’ Drew Doughty, no one can match Suter’s ice time and the steady hand he provides to an otherwise youthful Wild blue line. Logging a league-high 29:04 of ice time per game last season -- a figure that’s somehow not the highest of his career -- Suter played nearly half of every game, working on the power play, killing penalties, and serving as an alternate captain. From an offensive standpoint, Suter scored only two goals but added 36 assists, which was tied for the team lead with Jason Pominville. While he may not find the net very often or even look for his own shot, Suter's high assist totals and heavy ice time make him a sure bet to find himself among the first or second wave of defensemen drafted.
Suter is an elite defenseman, but his production is quieter than most other big guns on the back end. His best total points output for a season to date is in the mid-40s. He's never scored 10 goals a season and maybe never will. But he led the NHL in ice time (29:25) for the second-straight year -- that's more than two minutes more than the second-place finisher, Ottawa's Erik Karlsson. Suter also posted a solid plus-15 rating, eight goals and 35 assists to finish 18th in scoring among blue liners. If ever there were a time Suter might come close to that coveted 50-point plateau, it would be in 2014-15, particularly with talented forwards like Zach Parise, Jason Pominvile, Mikko Koivu and Thomas Vanek surrounding him on the top power-play unit. That kind of production would elevate him into the NHL's top-10 from the back end. Draft accordingly, as there’s still might be some upside to be had.
Suter's first season in Minnesota was a success as he was runner-up for the Norris Trophy and finished third among defensemen with 32 points. Part of his success may have come from leading the NHL in average ice time (27:16). He also developed a good rapport with rookie Jonas Brodin on the Wild's top pairing that can only help improve his efficiency as Brodin becomes even stronger. Suter will get heavy time on the power play again and should remain a top defenseman in most leagues.
Along with Zach Parise, Suter opted to leave the only NHL home he’d ever known and head to the Twin Cities, signing the same 13-year, $98-million contract that Parise did with the Wild. Suter had been remarkably consistent during his time with Nashville, averaging 41.5 points the last four season while cracking 45 points twice. The dominant question surrounding Suter will be how he will fare without Shea Weber on the ice. Suter is not a shooter and will be counted on to run Minnesota’s power play. Much like Parise, Suter has skills on the ice that do not translate into statistics. He’s a solid point producer, but won’t get you many goals and he should not be the focal point of your team’s defense.
Paired with team captain Shea Weber for most of last season, Suter chipped in admirably on the offensive front with 39 points (4G, 35A) and would have challenged his career high of 45 points if not for a leg injury that caused him to miss 12 regular season games. Suter also led the team in the plus-minus category with a +20 rating, largely the result of rock-solid play in his own end, something that is rapidly becoming Suter's number one strength. This season, look for Suter to reprise his role as one of the Preds' top two blueliners. Additionally, he is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, and stands to earn a significant raise on his current four-year, $14 million contract. Whether he re-ups with the Preds or tests the free agent waters next summer still remains to be seen.
Compared to 2008-09, Suter's numbers dipped a bit last season, but he was still a serviceable fantasy option as a key member of the Predators' blue line. He also showcased his play-making talents by representing Team USA in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. You might not think of him as a consistent player from week-to-week, but year-to year, his numbers consistently fall near the 35-point range.
Suter was an assist machine last season, tallying 38 of them, 15 of those on the power play. However, his plus/minus took a nose dive, going from a plus-3 in 2007-2008 to a minus-15 in 2008-2009. Approaching the prime year of his career, Suter is a pretty high scoring defenseman, and while he won't bring you that many goals, if he can fix his plus/minus issues this season he could be a tremendous fantasy player.
This season Suter will evolve from one of the young Nashville blueliners to one of the veterans in the defense corps. In his second full NHL season with the Predators last year, Suter showed some improvement and became a steady offensive contributor. He posted seven goals and 24 assists in 76 games and became the Predators' second-highest scoring blueliner behind Marek Zidlicky. With Zidlicky now gone to Minnesota, we expect Suter to raise the bar another notch higher in the upcoming season. More power-play time is on tap for this young defenseman and he should respond well with a 40-point campaign.
Suter may not get the attention that fellow blueliners Marek Zidlicky and Shea Weber receive, but he's just as talented. Suter racked up eight goals and 16 assists in just his second full season on the NHL level last year. He should see his role and ice time increase in 2007-08 and we expect him to raise the bar offensively as well. We expect Suter to reach the 30-point plateau this season.
Suter played 71 games last season in his first NHL experience with the Predators. He showed some offensive flare at times and will be relied on this season in the Predators' young defense corps. Suter will have some fantasy value in deeper leagues.
Suter's bloodlines are impeccable -- his uncle Gary won the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year to kick off a 17-year career, and his father Bob played on the 'Miracle on Ice' US Olympic squad. Ryan should end up doing both of them proud, as he's already distinguished himself in international hockey and should be threatening to crack his first NHL lineup by the age of 21. The sky is quite literally the limit with this kid.
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Dishes two helpers in big win
DDallas Stars
February 16, 2024
Suter posted two assists and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 9-2 win over the Predators.
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Adds assist Wednesday
DDallas Stars
February 7, 2024
Suter notched an assist, two shots on goal and two hits in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Maple Leafs.
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Notches two helpers in win
DDallas Stars
January 21, 2024
Suter provided a pair of assists, two hits and four PIM in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Devils.
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Supplies assist in win
DDallas Stars
January 11, 2024
Suter logged an assist, three blocked shots and a plus-4 rating in Wednesday's 7-2 win over the Wild.
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Nets first goal of campaign
DDallas Stars
December 31, 2023
Suter scored a goal on three shots and went plus-3 in Sunday's 8-1 win over the Blackhawks.
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