Marco Scandella
Marco Scandella
29-Year-Old DefensemanD
Buffalo Sabres
Injury Lower Body
Est. Return 9/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Scandella is the type of two-way defenseman whose abilities don't translate well to fantasy. He scored 20 points for the third time in four seasons and averaged a career-high 23 minutes per game, but also finished with a minus-15 rating, his worst total since his rookie season. He's miscast as a top-pair defenseman and his minutes will be cut with the addition of 2018 first overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin on a blue line that's expected to begin the season with healthy bodies. Scandella's a dependable hitter and shot blocker, so he'll see plenty of ice against the opposition's top lines and on the penalty kill, but neither of those situations are favorable headwinds for the 28-year-old defenseman in standard fantasy leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Agreed to a five-year, $20 million contract extension with the Wild in November of 2014.
Shut down early
DBuffalo Sabres
Lower Body
April 2, 2019
Scandella (lower body) will miss the final three games of the regular season.
Making matters worse, the Sabres failed the make the playoffs, so Scandella turns his attention to an offseason recovery and getting in shape for the 2019-20 campaign. The left defenseman has one year and $4 million remaining on his contract before he can hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent. Rookie phenom Rasmus Dahlin (41 points to date) has really cut into Scandella's fantasy prospects, and it's not likely to get any better with the aforementioned Swede rapidly grasping the nuances of NHL play. Scandella finishes with 13 points (six goals, seven assists) and a minus-13 rating through 63 games.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A logjam on the blue line and a cap crunch led to Scandella’s trade from Minnesota to Buffalo, where he’s expected to play a top-four role and help improve the team’s penalty kill. Scandella appeared in 71 games with the Wild last season, but the former double-digit-goal scorer finished the season with just four markers, 13 total points and a minus-2 rating -- shocking on a team that had multiple players post ratings north of plus-30 -- while seeing his ice time cut back by more than two minutes per game. he'll see more action in Buffalo on a relatively young blue line, though, maybe even serving as Rasmus Ristolainen’s stay-at-home complement on the top pairing. With the 27-year-old's modest offensive abilities are more than counterbalanced by his commitment to defensive play, it’s unwise to expect a major spike in scoring from Scandella.
A double-digit-goal season in 2014-15 had Scandella looking ready for a breakout, but he put forth a quiet five goals and 21 points while mostly being deployed in a defense-oriented role last year. That role is the crux of his issue – he sees much more time on the penalty kill than the power play, and he appears ticketed for a third-pairing role once again. Scandella’s done a lot with the minutes he’s gotten, but there’s a limit to what he can achieve while buried on the depth chart.
Scandella is coming off a banner year offensively. The 25-year-old blueliner set career marks in goals (11) and points (23) despite playing just 64 games. Unsurprisingly, Scandella's breakout was aided by a personal best in shooting percentage, as he converted on 9.8 percent of his chances, a mark more than three points higher than his career average. Playing in the team’s top-four while also seeing ice time on the power play, Scandella has strong upside when it comes to offensive production from the blue line, and at 25, is entering the prime years of his development. At an imposing 6-foot-3, Scandella presents an interesting counter to undersized defensive partner Jared Spurgeon, and could also raise his hit and blocked shot totals to new heights if health permits.
Scandella tallied three goals and 14 assists through 76 games last season. In many ways, it's tough to see these as breakout numbers for the young defender, but thy were career-highs. His upside isn't gigantic, but with the departure of Clayton Stoner, Scandella should see consistent time in the top-four for Minnesota.
Scandella is a tough, stay-at-home defender who spent most of 2012-13 in the AHL. But he's pretty much guaranteed a roster spot in 2013-14 because he'll need to clear waivers to get sent down. And there are probably a dozen or more teams that would love to have a wide wing span, no-nonsense defender to help them keep their kitchen clear. Now, he has struggled with plus-minus in the past, but the addition of Ryan Suter and the emergence of Jonas Brodin has helped stabilize the Wild's back end. And that environment might give Scandella a boost. His best contribution to fantasy will be blocked shots -- he has no issues throwing himself in front of 95 mph slap shots. Draft him only if you need that specialization.
Welcome to the top four, Mr. Scandella. His plus-minus was atrocious (minus-22 in 63 games) last season, but the arrival of Ryan Suter will take the defensive pressure off all of the Wild's young blueliners. Scandella plays a smart, steady game and makes a solid first pass. He also has underrated offensive skills, courtesy of a big slapper that shows well on the power play. His game will definitely grow this season and 25 points is within reach.
Scandella, a 21-year-old defenseman, made the important jump to the NHL last season but experienced a reality check after posting a minus-9 rating with just two points in 20 games with the Wild. The smooth skater also spent 33 games with AHL Houston, Minnesota's minor league affiliate, collecting three goals and 16 assists in the regular season. It's worth noting that Scandellla dealt with a concussion and a broken finger in 2011, otherwise his NHL numbers could have been more impressive. The offseason departure of Brent Burns leaves a gaping hole in the Wild defense, making Scandella a candidate for an expanded role at the NHL level in 2011-12.
Hockey is in Scandella's blood. His uncle was one-time NHL player Sergio Momesso and his brother plays for the Italian national team. The defenseman has the skills to be a good player one day in the NHL. He has great mobility, is a strong skater and possess great balance, which is important for a defenseman to have. However, he's not a very physical player. He has good size, 6-foot-2, 190 lbs, for a 20-year-old. This 2008, second round pick, has a few more seasons in the minors.
Scandella has the size and talent to be a shut-down defenseman, but he's likely a couple of years off from being considering for a roster spot with the Wild.
The Wild took Scandella in the second round (55th overall) of this summer's entry draft. He'll likely start this season in Houston of the AHL.
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Sitting Sunday
DBuffalo Sabres
Lower Body
March 31, 2019
Scandella (lower body) will not be in Sunday's lineup against Columbus, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
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Hurt blocking shot
DBuffalo Sabres
March 30, 2019
Scandella didn't come out for the third period of Saturday's game against the Islanders, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio reports.
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Scores rare goal
DBuffalo Sabres
March 29, 2019
Scandella buried a goal during Thursday's loss to Detroit.
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Back to work Sunday
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March 17, 2019
Scandella (upper body) will be active for Sunday's game against the Blues.
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Sitting out Saturday
DBuffalo Sabres
Upper Body
March 16, 2019
Scandella (upper body) isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Hurricanes.
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