Joel Edmundson
Joel Edmundson
26-Year-Old DefensemanD
Carolina Hurricanes
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Edmundson has always struggled to stay healthy, and this was his fourth straight season of less than 70 games (64) because of it. While the 26-year-old is solid in the defensive zone and is willing to stick up for his teammates, Edmundson lacks an offensive spark and has never topped 17 points in a campaign. There was uncertainty about his contract status with the Blues, but the two parties agreed on another one-year deal worth $3.1 million, which is a reasonable bridge to take Edmundson into unrestricted free agency. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $3.1 million contract with the Blues in August of 2019. Traded to the Hurricanes in September of 2019.
Offense not first priority
DCarolina Hurricanes
October 18, 2019
Edmundson has zero points in his first seven games this season.
In fairness, the Canes knew they weren't getting an offensive blueliner when they acquired Edmundson from St. Louis in the Justin Faulk trade back in September. In four seasons with the Blues, the 26-year-old averaged just 13 points, but was always among the team leaders in hits and blocked shots. That trend has continued this season with the Canes, as Edmundson is currently tied for the team lead in blocked shots (18) and tied for second in hits (16). From a fantasy perspective, he may be of some use in formats that reward those peripheral stat categories.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Edmundson has impressed as a complement to captain Alex Pietrangelo on the team's top pairing, but his stat line hasn't followed. The brawny blueliner generated six goals and two helpers in the first 21 games of 2017-18, but his pace slowed as the season extended and he finished with under 20 points (17) for the third third straight season. He also upped his shot count to 124 and battled defensively with 116 hits and 150 blocked shots in 69 games. However, for three years running, Edmundson's physical play has cost him at least 13 games due to injury. With respect to cap concerns, Edmundson was given a one-year, $3 million bridge deal and will need to produce at a high level all season to get a coveted, high-dollar contract after the 2018-19 campaign.
Edmundson was relatively quiet during the 2016-17 regular season, scoring just three goals coupled with 12 assists and a plus-11 rating while averaging less than 18 minutes of ice time. Then April rolled around, and things seemed to change. He scored a goal in each of the first two playoff games, ultimately ending tied with Vladimir Tarasenko for third on the club in playoff points with six. That performance was obviously unprecedented for Edmundson at the pro level, but it makes the 24-year-old a player worth monitoring this season. Edmundson should enjoy a steady top-four role in 2017-18, and if he can carry over that playoff outburst, he might win some power-play time and thus some fantasy value in deeper formats.
Edmundson is a big, tough mutha (6-foot-5, 210 pounds) who plays with an ugly snarl. His goalies love his workman-line crease clearing; opposing forwards shudder at the thought of coming down his wing. The Blues drafted him in 2011 with an eye to him one day filling Barret Jackman's boots and his time has come. You can count on him for hits and PIM, but not much else.
Edmundson really began to emerge over the course of the 2010-11 season, becoming a top-four defender for Moose Jaw in the Western Hockey League. He can play a two-way game and the Blues are anxious to see how he develops now that he's committed to hockey and begins to see what's out there for him as a hockey player.
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Shipped to Carolina
DCarolina Hurricanes
September 24, 2019
The Hurricanes acquired Edmundson via trade from the Blues, Tom Gulitti of reports. They sent Justin Faulk and a 2020 fifth-round pick while also receiving Dominik Bokk and a 2021 seventh-round pick.
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Earns one-year deal
DSt. Louis Blues
August 6, 2019
Edmundson was awarded a one-year, $3.1 million contract with St. Louis on Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
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Seeking arbitration
DSt. Louis Blues
July 6, 2019
Edmundson filed for salary arbitration Friday.
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Receives qualifying offer
DSt. Louis Blues
June 25, 2019
Edmundson earned a qualifying offer from the Blues on Tuesday, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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On three-game point streak
DSt. Louis Blues
May 15, 2019
Edmundson registered an assist, two hits and two blocked shots in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Sharks in Game 3.
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