Jake Guentzel
Jake Guentzel
25-Year-Old Left WingLW
Pittsburgh Penguins
DL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 4/30/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It was yet another banner year for Guentzel in 2018-19, as he set career highs in goals (40), assists (36) and shots (227) while posting a plus-13 rating in 82 games. The tenacious winger has improved every year since making his NHL debut in 2016-17, and has cemented his role skating on Sidney Crosby's wing on the Penguins' top line over the past two seasons. The one knock on the youngster's game has been a lack of productivity on the power play, however, it appears that could be at an end now that Phil Kessel is no longer in the picture. With a spot now open on the No. 1 power-play unit, Guentzel figures to see himself bumped up to the top group in 2019-20. The additional ice time and opportunity that will come with that role could help Guentzel surpass the 80-point mark for the first time in his career this season, making him an elite fantasy option in all formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension with the Penguins in December 2018.
Could return once play resumes
LWPittsburgh Penguins
Shoulder
March 25, 2020
Guentzel (shoulder) remains on track in his recovery and could be an option for the Penguins once (if) the season resumes. General manager Jim Rutherford told reporters, "I would expect that, knowing Jake Guentzel, he's going to be ready," Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
ANALYSIS
Guentzel's timeline would have him available in late April to early May. If the league resumes play this season, the winger figures to slot back onto the No. 1 line which would feature Sidney Crosby and Jason Zucker. In 41 postseason contests, the 25-year-old has racked up 24 goals and 19 helpers and would provide top-end fantasy value.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    20:38
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:10
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:15
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
16:29
1:46
0:14
2018–19
19:21
2:07
0:29
2019–20
20:38
3:10
0:15
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Guentzel set career highs in goals (22), assists (26) and shots on goal (171) in 2017-18 -- his second year but first full campaign. While he's only 5-foot-11 and 167 pounds, the speedy winger is not afraid to throw his body around, as he dished out 142 hits last year. After trying out many different combinations, Pittsburgh may have finally found a long-term winger for Sidney Crosby in “Jake N Bake,” who provides a solid scoring touch, high-end skating ability and a strong hockey IQ. If he remains locked in on the top line, there is little doubt the 22-year-old will set another round of career bests this upcoming season.
After tallying 33 points in 40 regular-season games and following that up with a rookie-record 21 in 25 playoff contests, Guentzel is a near lock to join the ever-prolific Sidney Crosby on the Penguins’ top line to start the 2017-18 campaign. A natural center, the 22-year-old’s meteoric ascension could cause many a fantasy owner to overreach, but the savvier types know that he’s facing a limited role on the man advantage and his 19.8 shooting percentage from last year is not sustainable. While the speedy pivot starred in the AHL and doesn't seem like a candidate for a sophomore slump, breaking the bank on a player with less than a full season’s worth of NHL experience might not be the best course of action -- even with Crosby at his side.
The Penguins snagged Guentzel in the third-round pick of the 2013 draft. At 5-foot-9, 153 pounds, the smallish centerman will need to prove himself every step of the way. The 19-year-old scored 29 goals and 73 points in 60 games for Sioux City of the USHL last year. Guentzel is likely several seasons away from fighting for a roster spot.
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Sidelined 4-6 months
LWPittsburgh Penguins
Upper Body
December 31, 2019
Guentzel underwent shoulder surgery Tuesday and will miss 4-6 months.
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Crashes into boards
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Upper Body
December 30, 2019
Guentzel (upper body) left Monday's game against Ottawa and is being evaluated, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
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Tallies lone goal in loss
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December 21, 2019
Guentzel scored a power-play goal on five shots and blocked two shots in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Canucks.
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Three-assist night
LWPittsburgh Penguins
December 14, 2019
Guentzel had three assists and one shot in Saturday's 5-4 shootout win over the Kings.
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Provides lone goal in loss
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December 10, 2019
Guentzel scored his team-leading 17th goal of the season in a 4-1 loss to the Canadiens on Tuesday.
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