Casey DeSmith
Casey DeSmith
29-Year-Old GoalieG
Pittsburgh Penguins
Out
Injury Lower Body
Est. Return 5/10/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Heading into the 2019-20 campaign, DeSmith was originally expected to be the No. 2 option behind Matt Murray while the team was openly shopping Tristan Jarry. A lot has changed since then, as Jarry will now be the guy in Pittsburgh while DeSmith will jump up from the AHL to take the backup role after not getting into a single NHL game last year. With the prospect of a condensed schedule, coach Mike Sullivan could deploy his netminders in a 60/40 split, but there's no doubt that Jarry will be the No. 1, limiting DeSmith's fantasy value to managers looking to deploy a tandem. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $3.75 million contract extension with the Penguins in January of 2019.
Ruled out Saturday
GPittsburgh Penguins
Lower Body
May 7, 2021
DeSmith (lower body) is expected back for the postseason but he won't be in the lineup against Buffalo on Saturday. Coach Mike Sullivan told reporters, "Tristan is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Casey is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. They will be available for the playoffs, but neither one of them will be available for tomorrow's game."
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Unless Tristan Jarry suffers a setback in his recovery from an upper-body issue, we've likely seen the last of DeSmith this year, as Jarry should carry the load for the Penguins in the postseason. When called upon, the 29-year-old DeSmith went 11-7-0 with two shutouts and a 2.54 GAA during the regular season, decent numbers for a No. 2 netminder. Max Lagace figures to get the start with both Jarry and DeSmith unavailable Saturday.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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DeSmith was able to secure Pittsburgh's backup job during training camp ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. The 27-year-old went on to appear in 36 games, compiling a 15-11-5 record while posting a 2.75 GAA and three shutouts. While the Penguins still have Tristan Jarry in their system, the spot on the 23-man roster behind Matt Murray is firmly in DeSmith's hands. Considering Murray's injury woes, it wouldn't be surprising to see DeSmith log another 30-to-35 games with a strong Pens club this season, giving him the potential to be a decent streaming/No. 3 option in most fantasy formats.
Heading into training camp, DeSmith figures to be slightly behind Tristan Jarry in the battle for the No. 2 job in Pittsburgh -- if only because the organization used a high pick (44th overall) on Jarry. The competition to serve as Matt Murray's backup should be considered wide open and a decision for the Opening Night roster spot likely won't be made until well into September. Even if DeSmith were to find himself in the minors to start the season, both players are on two-way deals and a flip could be made at any point during the year. Considering how often Murray deals with injuries, the 26-year-old could see some time between the pipes in the NHL this year -- how much won't become clear for awhile.
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Unavailable Thursday
GPittsburgh Penguins
Lower Body
May 6, 2021
DeSmith (lower body) has begun off-ice work but won't be ready for Thursday's clash with Buffalo.
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Game-time call Tuesday
GPittsburgh Penguins
Lower Body
May 4, 2021
DeSmith will be a game-time decision against the Flyers on Tuesday due to a lower-body injury, Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Doesn't finish Monday start
GPittsburgh Penguins
May 3, 2021
DeSmith stopped 33 of 37 shots and was replaced by Tristan Jarry to begin the third period of Monday's 7-2 loss to the Flyers.
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Between pipes Monday
GPittsburgh Penguins
May 3, 2021
DeSmith will tend the twine on the road versus the Flyers on Monday.
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Hangs on for win against Devils
GPittsburgh Penguins
April 24, 2021
DeSmith turned aside 34 shots in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Devils.
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