Matt Grzelcyk
Matt Grzelcyk
26-Year-Old DefensemanD
Boston Bruins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Grzelcyk's numbers (three goals and 18 points to go along with 68 PIM in 66 games last season) don't pop, but the 25-year-old does make his mark in the transition game thanks to his mobility and solid puck skills. At 5-foot-9, 174 pounds, Grzelcyk isn't going to overpower many forwards, but his quick feet and sound positional instincts help make him a dependable defender. For now, Grzelcyk doesn't make much of a mark on the Bruins' power play, but he's skilled enough to fill in there, and with continued improvement in his shooting strength/accuracy, his role in the team's attack could grow. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $14.75 million contract extension with the Bruins in October of 2020.
Lands four-year extension
DBoston Bruins
October 17, 2020
Grzelcyk signed a four-year, $14.75 million contract extension with the Bruins on Saturday, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports.
ANALYSIS
Grzelcyk was a solid top-four option for Boston last season, picking up 21 points, seven of which came on the power play, while posting a plus-15 rating in 68 contests. The 26-year-old blueliner is expected to take over for Torey Krug, who departed in free agency, on the Bruins' top power-play unit in 2020-21, which will give him the opportunity to post career highs across the board offensively.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    18:04
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:33
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:01
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
16:44
1:07
0:04
2018–19
19:08
1:34
0:43
2019–20
18:04
1:33
1:01
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While the 5-foot-9, 174-pounder's production (15 points in 61 games) didn't give him a high profile in fantasy formats last season, Grzelcyk's wheels, quick hands and ability in the transition game are assets to the Bruins' blue line. As he becomes more aggressive with his shot, it's not hard to imagine the mobile 24-year-old making more of an impact in the team's attack. Moreover, if the Bruins elect to move puck-moving blueliner Torey Krug in advance of the coming season, Grzelcyk could see added opportunities on the Boston power-play.
Grzelcyk, the 85th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, is coming off his first full season as a pro, in which he logged six goals and 32 points over the course of 70 games with AHL Providence.. Listed at 5-foot-9, 174 pounds, Grzelcyk is a smallish puck-moving defenseman in the mold of Torey Krug. With Krug set to miss early-season action due to a jaw injury, Grzelcyk is a candidate to open the 2017-18 season with the big club. In such a scenario, he could well see some work on the Bruins' power play out of the gate.
Grzelcyk, whom the Bruins made the 85th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, will now head to the pros after completing his fourth season with Boston University, having notched 23 points in 27 games in the 2015-16 campaign. While the start of his senior campaign was delayed by knee surgery, Grzelcyk was still named a first-team Hockey East All-Star for the second consecutive year. At 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, Grzelcyk is a smallish puck-moving defenseman in the mold of Torey Krug and his chances of graduating to, and succeeding in the NHL will hinge on his ability to handle the physical rigors of professional hockey. He's a long-shot to secure a roster spot this fall, but could be an in-season call-up candidate, especially if Krug ends up missing any time.
Grzelcyk is coming off ACL surgery, which will delay the start of his senior campaign at Boston University. As a result, Grzelcyk probably won't be ready to play until a month or two into the coming season. Once he returns to action, the 5-foot-10, 176-pounder will reclaim a key role for the Terriers. Down the road, the 21-year-old is a candidate to push for a roster spot with the Bruins; with his mobility, he has the potential to develop into a puck-mover in the mold of current Boston blueliner Torey Krug.
Grzelcyk, who the Bruins took in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, is slated to enter his third season with Boston University this fall. Down the road, the 5-foot-9 blueliner has some upside at the NHL level as a smallish puck-mover in the mold of current Bruin Torey Krug.
Defenseman Grzelcyk, at 5-foot-9, 174 pounds, is undersized, but his mobility and offensive instincts give him a chance to develop as a puck-moving blueliner for the Bruins in time. For now, the 2012 third-rounder will continue to polish his game at Boston University.
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Tallies power-play marker
DBoston Bruins
March 11, 2020
Grzelcyk scored a power-play goal on his only shot during a 2-0 victory over the Flyers on Tuesday.
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Serves up pair of helpers
DBoston Bruins
February 22, 2020
Grzelcyk recorded two assists and four shots on goal in Saturday's 9-3 loss to the Canucks.
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Notches helper Wednesday
DBoston Bruins
February 5, 2020
Grzelcyk had an assist, two hits and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 2-1 overtime win over the Blackhawks.
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Collects assist
DBoston Bruins
February 5, 2020
Grzelcyk picked up an assist in Tuesday's 4-0 shutout of the Canucks.
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Ready to rock
DBoston Bruins
January 31, 2020
Grzelcyk (arm) is in the projected lineup for Friday's road matchup with Winnipeg, NHL.com's Darrin Bauming reports.
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