Erik Gustafsson
Erik Gustafsson
27-Year-Old DefensemanD
Chicago Blackhawks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gustafsson exploded last season, setting career highs in goals (17), assists (43), shots on goal (160) and power-play points (18) while averaging 22:35 of ice time in 79 appearances. The 27-year-old Swede was unable to gain the trust of former coach Joel Quenneville during his first three seasons in Chicago, appearing in just 76 NHL contests over that span, but rookie head coach Jeremy Colliton was far more willing to forgive Gustafsson's defensive lapses last year in order to utilize his strengths (quarterbacking the power play and joining the attack on the rush. That leap of faith paid dividends, and allowed Gustafsson to emerge as one of the NHL's top offensive-minded blueliners. The 2012 fourth-round pick finished sixth among all defensemen in scoring last campaign, and there's no reason to believe he won't be able to put up similar numbers in 2019-20. The fact that Gustafsson's set to become an unrestricted free agent ahead of the 2020-21 season is a bit of a concern from a fantasy standpoint, as the Blackhawks may be tempted to move him at the trade deadline if they're not in a playoff position, but fantasy owners shouldn't let that hypothetical deter them from snagging the left-handed rearguard as a high-end No.2 option during this year's drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract extension with the Blackhawks in March 2018.
Second goal in as many games
DChicago Blackhawks
November 16, 2019
Gustafsson scored a goal on two shots and had a pair of hits in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Predators.
ANALYSIS
Gustafsson suddenly has goals in back-to-back games after being held without one in his first 16 outings. With just six points in 18 games this season, Gustafsson hasn't come close to replicating the production rate that allowed him to rack up a career-high 60 points a season ago. It's entirely possible his 2018-19 will ultimately prove to be an outlier, but he did have a combined 30 points in 76 games over his first two seasons. Even if he can settle in somewhere in between, that still makes him a useful fantasy commodity.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:56
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:51
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:02
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
18:33
1:25
0:02
2018–19
22:35
3:02
0:07
2019–20
19:56
2:51
0:02
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Gustafsson only appeared in 35 games with the Blackhawks last season, but he was pretty productive over that span, picking up five goals and 16 points while averaging 18:33 of ice time per contest. The 2012 fourth-round pick appears poised to slot into a middle-pairing role this campaign, and if he's given opportunities to contribute on the power play, he could realistically eclipse the 40-point mark, making him a fine depth addition to most fantasy rosters.
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Breaks point drought with tally
DChicago Blackhawks
November 13, 2019
Gustafsson scored a goal, went plus-2 and delivered four hits in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Golden Knights.
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Healthy scratch Saturday
DChicago Blackhawks
November 2, 2019
Gustafsson will be a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against L.A.
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Two assists in loss
DChicago Blackhawks
October 4, 2019
Gustafsson assisted on a pair of goals and had two shots in Chicago's 4-3 loss to Philadelphia on Friday.
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Monster effort in OT loss
DChicago Blackhawks
April 1, 2019
Gustafsson registered three assists, six hits, four PIM and a plus-2 rating in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Jets.
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Lights lamp Saturday
DChicago Blackhawks
March 30, 2019
Gustafsson netted his 17th goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings.
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