The 22 year old is having a season in the Pittsburgh Penguins system. Before being called up after 33 games in the minors, Jake Guentzel has lit up the NHL in every aspect.
Just judging by the stats below, we are witnessing a breakout season by an extremely talented winger. While Guentzel is noted for his playoff success, his entire season shows incredible promise in the Penguins system. Playing alongside Sidney Crosby has allowed Guentzel to flourish as both a stellar line-mate along with a talented NHL player. His continued success can be attributed to his ability to adapt to differing circumstances, as well as adopting the Playoff style of hockey. While he isn’t a physical anomaly, Guentzel is demonstrating a spectacular hockey IQ even at his young age. Well played Pittsburgh.
|AHL Season 2016-2017||33||21||42||12||+21|
|NHL Regular Season 2016-2017||40||16||33||10||+7|
|NHL Playoffs 2016-2017||23||13||20||10||0|
The Omaha Nebraska native has been overshadowed by the Penguins playoff success, along with the superstar performances by fellow Penguins Crosby and Malkin. But he truly deserves his due as a rookie in the both pro hockey and in the NHL. As a third round 77th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Guentzel is proving to be worth his weight on the stacked Penguins roster.
In terms of Fantasy Outlook, Jake Guentzel is a skilled player that should not be overlooked in drafts next season. While not a physical player, Guentzel is clearly talented at putting the puck in the net. If he continues to play with Crosby, he is a serious weapon in your fantasy lineup.
At this point Guentzel has surpassed the role of a ‘depth fantasy option’ and should be a staple in most leagues.
Current projections on various sites have him listed between 150th and even as a low 70’s option in fantasy hockey leagues. Line-mate Conor Sheary and frequent Crosby co benefactor is also listed as a 70th option in fantasy hockey leagues.
Fantasy Hockey in 2018 will definitely have some new names come draft day.