Chris Summers
Chris Summers
31-Year-Old DefensemanD
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Chris Summers in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year contract with Nurnberg (DEL) in July of 2019.
Bound for Europe
DFree Agent
July 24, 2019
Summers inked a one-year contract with German side Nurnberg on Wednesday.
After spending the past three seasons in the AHL without an NHL appearance, Summers will transition to the DEL, his first foray into European hockey. The 31-year-old saw action in 70 NHL games with the Coyotes and Rangers, in which he notched two goals, seven helpers and 52 shots. The blueliner figures to close out his professional career overseas.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A low-profile throw-in to the deal that sent the highly touted Anthony Duclair to Arizona for Keith Yandle last spring, the 27-year-old Summers never seemed to fulfill the hope the Coyotes had when they selected him in the first round in 2006. Spanning the last five seasons, the Michigan native has logged just two goals, nine points, and a minus-22 rating in 67 career NHL games. While it’s possible Summers could see a handful of games at the NHL level in the upcoming campaign, he serves mostly as organizational depth at AHL Hartford.
Summers played in 21 games for the Coyotes last year as injuries required his depth on the blue line. While he lacks the offensive prowess of Oliver Ekman-Larsson or Keith Yandle, Summers is a strong, stay-at-home defender who will likely continue in a similar role for the 'Yotes this year, especially with the departure of Adrian Aucoin and Michal Rozsival. Summers will need to work on his consistency at the NHL level, but he figures to have a strong chance of cracking the roster out of training camp.
Summers saw action in two games with the Coyotes last season, skating to a minus-3 rating and tallying four PIMs. In the event that he's called up due to blue line injuries, his only fantasy relevance would likely be generated by sin bin minutes.
Summers spent his 2009-10 with Michigan and played a solid defensive game. He recorded 17 points (4G 13A) with a plus-17 in 41 games played. He is a typical stay-at-home defenseman that has the ability to read plays and react accordingly. Summers adds another layer to his game with his ability to play forward. If he has an outstanding training camp, he could sneak in as a seventh defenseman, but he might be better served with a year in the AHL so that he can see more playing time.
Summers will captain the University of Michigan this winter for his senior year in Ann Arbor. That is a testament to the character and ability of Summers. Michigan is loaded this year, yet legendary coach Red Berenson gave Summers the c. Summers was the Phoenix's first round pick in 2006, so once the college season finishes, Summers has a good chance to play a few games in the AHL to get his first taste of professional hockey.
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Demoted to minors
DPittsburgh Penguins  Foreign
October 17, 2017
The Penguins reassigned Summers to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday.
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Promoted to big club
DPittsburgh Penguins  Foreign
October 10, 2017
The Penguins recalled Summers from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday.
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Waived by team
DPittsburgh Penguins  Foreign
September 26, 2017
Summers was placed on waivers by Pittsburgh on Tuesday, James Mirtle of The Athletic/a> reports.
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Grabs two-year deal
DPittsburgh Penguins  Foreign
July 1, 2017
Summers put pen to paper on a two-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh on Saturday.
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Placed on waviers
DNew York Rangers  Foreign
October 4, 2016
Summers was placed on waivers by the Rangers on Tuesday in order to reassign him to the minors, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
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