Sean Walker

Sean Walker

29-Year-Old DefensemanD
Colorado Avalanche
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Walker rebounded from a torn ACL which limited him to just six games in 2021-22, appearing in 70 of 82 regular-season contests for the Kings last season. His offensive contributions were minimal (three goals, 13 points), and his production in secondary categories (94 shots, 77 hits, 104 blocked shots) wasn't much better, but Walker is in line to open the upcoming year as a potential top-four rearguard for the Flyers following his acquisition in early June. Look elsewhere on draft day -- the potential increase in role is likely to be offset by the poor team around him. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $10.6 million contract extension with the Kings in September of 2020. Traded to the Flyers in June of 2023. Traded to the Avalanche in March of 2024.
Reaches 10-goal mark
DColorado Avalanche
April 8, 2024
Walker scored a goal on three shots, blocked three shots, added two hits and logged four PIM in Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Stars.
ANALYSIS
Walker flung a puck from the point and scored just 1:59 into the game. The defenseman has four goals and two assists over 14 contests since he was traded from the Flyers to the Avalanche. He's been a good fit in a bottom-four role, and it hasn't ruined his scoring pace despite losing an average of 2:15 of ice time per game with his new team. Walker is at 28 points, 144 shots on net, 108 hits, 117 blocked shots and a plus-8 rating through 77 appearances this season.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:57
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:07
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:34
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:36
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:38
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:10
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2021–22
18:22
1:46
0:53
2022–23
14:50
0:13
0:58
2023–24
17:57
0:07
1:34
2023–24
19:36
0:38
2:10
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Expected to hit open market
DColorado Avalanche
May 24, 2024
Walker is not expected to re-sign with Colorado, instead hitting the open market July 1, per Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Walker set new personal bests this season with 10 goals and 29 points registered in 71 games between the Flyers and Avalanche. The 29-year-old blueliner's productivity is generally dependent on his five-on-five numbers, as he has rarely been a factor with the man advantage during his NHL career.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Expected to be a key piece of the Los Angeles defense core last season, Walker lasted six games and a handful of shifts before tearing both his ACL and MCL against the Blues in late October. It obviously sidelined him for the remainder of the year, which was a shame because Walker would have had a chance at a major role given the Kings' surprising run to the playoffs combined with the injury to Drew Doughty. The lone blessing is that Walker suffered the ailment early in the year, so he should be at full health come training camp. The 27-year-old still isn't a fantasy option, but he should help Los Angeles win hockey games in 2022-23.
Walker has developed into a regular for the Kings, which is already a massive victory considering he went undrafted. In 117 games over the past two seasons, Walker has 10 goals and 42 points, in addition to a minus-25 rating. The plus-minus rating is obviously concerning, but it's more reflective of the lack of depth on the Los Angeles roster as opposed to anything Walker is doing wrong. The 26-year-old should continue to see regular minutes for the Kings, but his offensive upside will remain limited.
Walker took the long road to the NHL, going undrafted out of college and needing to prove himself for a season in the AHL before even getting an entry-level contract, but his hard work paid off when the Kings inked him to a four-year extension in September. The 26-year-old isn't the most defensively-sound blueliner, but his offensive instincts and skills are good and he added a bit of a scoring spark to the team's back end last season behind Drew Doughty. Walker didn't see much power-play time last campaign, as coach Todd McLellan preferred to use a fourth forward on the point, but he could earn more shifts with the man advantage if that approach changes in 2020-21. Expect him to slot into a bottom-four pairing this year alongside someone like Matt Roy or Mikey Anderson, who can cover for Walker's occasional lapses in his own end.
Undrafted out of college, Walker has blossomed with the Kings since being signed in 2017. The 24-year-old has scored a solid 13 goals and 45 points in 86 AHL games over the last two years, and in his first crack at the NHL last season, he chipped in three goals and 10 points in 39 games. While he doesn't offer great size, he can skate and move the puck -- two things the organization has been lacking off the blue line -- and he's responsible in his own end. Walker will head into camp looking to secure a regular spot on the roster, and given the lack of skill behind Drew Doughty in the Kings' defensive corps, he could get some opportunities on the power play even if he doesn't win a top-four role at even strength.
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Returns to lineup
DColorado Avalanche
April 1, 2024
Walker notched an assist and two blocked shots during Monday's 4-1 loss to the Blue Jackets.
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Cleared to play against Jackets
DColorado Avalanche
April 1, 2024
Walker (upper body) will be in action versus Columbus on Monday, Marc Moser of Altitude Sports reports.
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Suffers upper-body injury
DColorado Avalanche
Upper Body
March 30, 2024
Walker sustained an upper-body injury in Saturday's game versus the Predators, Ryan Boulding of NHL.com reports.
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Begins frantic comeback
DColorado Avalanche
March 25, 2024
Walker scored a goal on three shots, blocked two shots and delivered one hit in Sunday's 5-4 overtime win against the Penguins.
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Scores two goals Saturday
DColorado Avalanche
March 16, 2024
Walker scored twice on three shots, blocked two shots and went plus-2 in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Oilers.
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