Darren Helm
Darren Helm
32-Year-Old CenterC
Detroit Red Wings
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Nobody will be mistaking Helm for a gem in fantasy settings, but he's been quite the find for the Red Wings as he brings plenty of intangibles to the ice. For one, the 2005 fifth-round draft pick is adept at killing off penalties, and he's capable of playing down the middle or on either wing. Despite starting a career-high 58.4-percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the defensive zone last season, Helm's offensive numbers didn't suffer as he wound up with 13 goals and 18 assists through 75 games on a checking line. The fleet-footed forward has three years remaining on a contract valued at $3.85 million annually before he'll become an unrestricted free agent. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $19.25 million contract extension with the Red Wings in July of 2016.
Gets 100th career goal
CDetroit Red Wings
March 14, 2019
Helm scored a shorthanded goal Thursday in a 5-4 loss to the Lightning.
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It was his 100th career goal. Nice night for Helm, but it still doesn't make him fantasy worthy.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:25
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:03
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:51
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
15:22
0:50
1:39
2017–18
15:34
0:08
2:01
2018–19
14:25
0:03
1:51
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How far can foot speed take you in the game of hockey? Helm knows that answer, as his best trait netted him $226,471 per point in an abbreviated 2016-17 campaign. The Manitoba native was limited by shoulder and lower-body injuries, ultimately managing only eight goals and nine assists over 50 games. Fantasy owners can appreciate his proficiency on the penalty kill -- where he's averaged 1:47 of ice time over the past three seasons -- but his Corsi For percentage (a measure of possession value) was substandard at 48.0 percent, and an evident lack of patience led to a subpar 8.2 shooting percentage. Given the depth at the center position, you can likely acquire Helm for pennies on the dollar this season, but there’s a good chance that pennies are exactly what he’s worth in most fantasy leagues.
An undersized but gritty two-way veteran with wheels, Helm is the prototypical Red Wing. He’s spent at least parts of nine seasons exclusively with Detroit, highlighted by a Stanley Cup win in 2008. Helm secured a five-year, $19.25 million contract extension in July while making it clear that he wants to be more involved in the offense moving forward. He may get his wish, as early signs point to the 29-year-old slotting in on the second line along with talented playmakers Frans Nielsen and Gustav Nyquist. You could do much worse than selecting Helm, a special-teams extraordinaire, in the later rounds of fantasy drafts this fall.
Helm was finally able to return to hockey in 2013-14, scoring 20 points in 42 games. He once again struggled with injuries - both groin and concussion - but at least was able to show flashes of the speed and skill he possesses. If he could stay healthy for a full season, he could score 45-50 points, but that hasn't happened in a few years.
Helm is a complete mystery heading into 2013-14, as the back injury that kept him out all last season still hasn't been officially diagnosed. Although he is practicing again, this led to setbacks in 2012-13, so it can't be trusted. He's a speedster and a quality third-line center when healthy, but Detroit doesn't know if they'll have Helm back in time for the season to start. It's best to avoid him now and perhaps grab him on the waiver wire later.
A lacerated tendon in Helm's forearm ended his season after 68 games last year, while he was on track to approach the 32 points he posted in 2010-11. Much like teammate Justin Abdelkader, Helm's fantasy value is likely limited by his even strength role. As a speedy checker, he matches up well against opposing teams' top line, while his wheels make him an asset capable of scoring goals on the penalty-killing unit as well. Helm had surgery for the injury in April, and is expected to be fully recovered for the start of training camp.
Helm delivered a career-high 32 points, including 12 goals, while playing in all 82 games for the Wings last season. His value to the club is derived primarily from his contributions to the penalty-killing unit, but Helm has game-breaking speed that makes him a dangerous player in open-ice situations. If he centers the Wings' third line, Helm could make a run at 40-45 points this season while providing a pesky forechecking presence, but it's unlikely that he'll ever be utilized as a top-six forward in Detroit.
Arguably the fastest player on the pond donning a wing-wheeled sweater, Helm has turned into a very well-rounded checking-line player while earning the trust of head coach Mike Babcock. Although his time at even strength could be limited while he centers the fourth line, Helm is a valuable penalty-killer for the Wings. Last season, he chipped in 24 points in 75 games including 11 goals, with three tallies coming short-handed. For now, he remains more valuable to the Red Wings than to fantasy owners because of the nature of his role.
For the second straight season, Helm provided a late-season boost to the energy line in Detroit, eventually leading the league with 118 hits in the postseason. He's not in a position to provide much offense now, but he could eventually develop into a 30-35 point player with more playing time. The speedy Helm was ticketed to start the year as the Red Wings' fourth-line center, but a sprained AC joint in his shoulder will likely put him on the shelf until the middle of October.
Helm seems destined for at least a third-line spot in Detroit for the long term, but he may be showcasing his excellent speed and penalty-killing ability in Grand Rapids (AHL) to begin the season. In the early years of his career with the Wings, Helm is going to provide energy as a part-time contributor, but they trusted him enough to use him as the fourth-line center during the playoffs last season.
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All systems go
CDetroit Red Wings
February 22, 2019
Helm (undisclosed) will play Friday against the Wild.
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Likely to play Friday
CDetroit Red Wings
Undisclosed
February 21, 2019
Helm (undisclosed) is probable for Friday's game against the Wild.
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Absent from practice
CDetroit Red Wings
Undisclosed
February 21, 2019
Helm -- who remained in Wednesday's game against the Blackhawks despite violently crashing along the boards -- missed Thursday's practice, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports.
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Scores in losing effort
CDetroit Red Wings
February 17, 2019
Helm tallied his fifth goal of the season in the Red Wings' 3-1 loss to the Flyers on Sunday.
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Records first second-half apple
CDetroit Red Wings
February 15, 2019
Helm picked up an assist and a plus-1 rating over 15:04 of ice time in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Senators.
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