Dean Kukan
Dean Kukan
26-Year-Old DefensemanD
Columbus Blue Jackets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kukan suited up for a career-high 25 games in the regular season last year before playing in all 10 of the Blue Jackets' playoff games, as injuries tested the depth of the team's blue line. While he doesn't offer much offense, the 26-year-old plays a smooth, confident game in his own zone thanks to plenty of experience overseas and in the AHL, using his size and passing skills effectively. A depth role seems the best he can hope for in Columbus, however. More highly touted prospects like Vladislav Gavrikov are banging on the door, and the club's top five defensemen are set in stone barring another rash of injuries. Kukan's contract should keep him on the roster, but not necessarily out of the press box. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, one-way contract extension with the Blue Jackets in March of 2018.
Not much going on
DColumbus Blue Jackets
November 3, 2019
Kukan blocked two shots in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Flames.
ANALYSIS
Kukan is irrelevant in all fantasy formats, as the defenseman has managed just a single point in six appearances this season. Over his career, the 26-year-old has never played more than 25 games in a season, and Kukan's career-high for points in a campaign is five, in 2018-19. Look elsewhere for blueline depth.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:17
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:04
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
0:00
0:00
0:00
2017–18
12:22
0:05
0:14
2018–19
13:28
0:01
0:01
2019–20
14:17
0:04
0:00
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Although Kukan only played in 11 games last season, he made enough of an impression on the Blue Jackets that they locked him up with a one-way, two-year deal in March -- all but assuring him a spot on the NHL roster. He's shown a little offensive acumen in the AHL, but his role with the big club will likely be that of a stay-at-home defender who uses his passing skills and sharp hockey IQ to clear the defensive zone with a minimum of fuss. Jack Johnson's departure does open up some minutes on the blue line, but the 25-year-old Kukan will have to fight off challenges from players with bigger prospect pedigrees such as Gabriel Carlsson to win a regular shift.
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Stuck in press box
DColumbus Blue Jackets
October 13, 2019
Kukan was inactive for Saturday's win over the Hurricanes.
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Collects first points of campaign
DColumbus Blue Jackets
February 6, 2019
Kukan notched two even-strength assists in Tuesday's 6-3 win over Colorado.
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Stuck as depth piece
DColumbus Blue Jackets
January 24, 2019
Kukan heads into the All-Star break with zero points and a minus-1 rating in nine games on the season.
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Returns from assignment
DColumbus Blue Jackets
December 17, 2018
Kukan was recalled from his conditioning stint in the minors Monday.
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Heads out on assignment
DColumbus Blue Jackets
December 5, 2018
Kukan was reassigned to AHL Cleveland for a conditioning stint, the team announced Wednesday.
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