Markus Nutivaara
Markus Nutivaara
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
Columbus Blue Jackets
DL
Injury Upper Body
Est. Return 11/19/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Nutivaara solidified his spot on the Columbus blue line last season, playing in a career-high 80 games and proving to be more than just a smooth skater and slick passer. The 25-year-old's offensive potential remains a little unclear, as there aren't many opportunities working behind Zach Werenski and Seth Jones, but Nutivaara has flashed good instincts when it comes to knowing when to join the rush, and when to hang back. A rib injury cost him most of the club's postseason run, but he's expected to be 100 percent by training camp. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $10.8 million contract extension in March 2018.
Still sidelined
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Upper Body
November 15, 2019
Nutivaara (upper body) remains on injured reserve ahead of Friday's matchup with St. Louis, per the NHL's official media site.
ANALYSIS
Nutivaara will be eligible to return whenever he's deemed fit to play, but at this point there's no telling when that might be. Another update on the 25-year-old blueliner's status should surface once he's set to rejoin the lineup.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:05
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:11
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:07
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
16:02
0:33
0:03
2018–19
17:41
0:10
0:10
2019–20
15:05
0:11
0:07
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Nutivaara had a solid second NHL campaign last year despite a February upper-body injury that cost him 11 games, providing some effective secondary scoring behind the dynamic duo of Seth Jones and Zach Werenski. The 24-year-old doesn't have the upside of either of those two young studs, but he's a smooth skater and passer who plays a heady two-way game, making him a comfortable fit on a second or third pairing. Jack Johnson's exit could push Nutivaara into more ice time and a spot on the second power-play unit, but last season's production likely isn't too far from his fantasy ceiling.
A surprise addition to the roster out of training camp, Nutivaara didn't make any waves as an offensive threat but helped stabilize the Blue Jackets’ bottom defensive pairing, showing good mobility and passing skills as well as a calm demeanor on the puck. A seventh round pick in 2015, the 23-year-old is an inspiring story, but he lacks upside or an edge to his game, and as more physical young defensemen in the system begin to push for spots, Nutivaara may find himself in the press box more often.
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Shifts to IR
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Upper Body
November 10, 2019
The Blue Jackets place Nutivaara (upper body) on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 5, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
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Won't travel for road game
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Upper Body
November 6, 2019
Nutivaara (upper body) won't travel with the Blue Jackets to Arizona for Thursday's clash with the Coyotes, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
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Leaves Tuesday's game
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Upper Body
November 5, 2019
Nutivaara suffered a upper-body injury and won't return to Tuesday's game against Vegas.
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Ready to rock
DColumbus Blue Jackets
October 30, 2019
As expected, Nutivaara (lower body) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game against Edmonton, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
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Expected back Wednesday
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Lower Body
October 29, 2019
Nutivaara (lower body) is expected to return to action Wednesday against the Oilers, Jacob Myers of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
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