Matt Calvert
Matt Calvert
29-Year-Old Left WingLW
Colorado Avalanche
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Calvert's high-energy playing style made him a fan favorite in Columbus, but it also left him susceptible to injuries, and he played in fewer than 70 games last year for the fourth time in the last five seasons. When he's on the ice, the 28-year-old does all the dirty work you could want on a checking line; fighting for pucks in the corners, laying hits, and occasionally lighting the lamp on a deflection or goalmouth scramble. Calvert will bring his intensity to the Avalanche after signing a three-year deal in the offseason, but don't expect his role to change in a new uniform. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $8.4 million contract with the Avalanche in July of 2018.
Drops mitts Thursday
LWColorado Avalanche
February 14, 2019
Calvert fought Jets defenseman Joe Morrow in the Avalanche's 4-1 win Thursday.
He ended the game with seven PIM and an assist on an insurance goal in the third period from Sven Andrighetto. Calvert has a goal and two apples in seven games in February, while also recording 14 hits over that span. With 21 points in 43 games on the year, the third-line winger may appeal to owners in deeper formats.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A prototypical energy player for a team’s checking line, Calvert’s willingness to get physical despite his lack of size continues to cost him, as he missed double-digit games last year due to injury for the third time in the last four seasons. When he’s on the ice he is capable of supplying a little offense, scoring double-digit goals for the third straight campaign, but the 27-year-old is facing increasing pressure from a number of young forwards coming up through the Blue Jackets’ system and could see his minutes continue to dwindle. After getting passed over by Las Vegas in the expansion draft, Calvert will head into the final year of his current contract looking to prove to prospective future employers that he can stay healthy
Calvert played in a career-high 73 games last year, but wasn't able to to turn the extra ice time into extra production, tying his previous career high with 24 points. He's purely a bottom-six grinder, and as young prospects like Oliver Bjorkstrand and Sonny Milano start pushing for NHL jobs, Calvert could find himself on the roster bubble.
Calvert's abrasive, high-energy style took its toll on his body last season and limited him to 56 games, but he did set career highs with 24 points and 53 PIM. He's a great fit for the Blue Jackets' third line, and could produce useful numbers in a multi-category league if he plays a full campaign, but his lack of size could continue to leave him susceptible to injuries.
The undersized Calvert solidified a spot for himself last season in the Blue Jackets' bottom six, providing energy, a blue collar work ethic and some surprising scoring punch down the stretch. He won't see enough top unit ice time to ever be a big fantasy contributor, but Calvert is showing signs of developing into a player the opposition hates to see hop over the boards.
Calvert hit the wall hard as a sophomore, managing just three assists in 13 NHL games, but his 17 goals, 36 points and 52 PIMs in 56 AHL games speak to his potential as a two-way forward. The Blue Jackets will be looking for grit and any offense they can get this season, so if Calvert can start to harness his skills, he has a chance to replicate those AHL numbers on the bigger stage.
Calvert didn't look out of place at all in his first taste of the NHL, scoring 11 goals and 20 points in 42 games while maintaining a positive plus-minus rating on a team that got outscored by half-a-goal a night on average. He's got some offensive upside once he's established himself as a big league regular, but for now look for him to pay his dues on an energy line, or riding the Columbus-Springfield shuttle.
Could have an NHL future as a second/third line winger, but he's still a year or two away from regular duty.
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Heating up heading into break
LWColorado Avalanche
January 25, 2019
Calvert racked up seven points in his last 10 outings.
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Produces rare goal
LWColorado Avalanche
December 15, 2018
Calvert registered an even-strength goal Saturday in a 6-4 home win over the Stars.
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Has two assists with new team
LWColorado Avalanche
October 31, 2018
Calvert has picked up two helpers in his last four games. He also has 21 shots on goal.
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Scooped up by Avs
LWColorado Avalanche
July 1, 2018
Calvert secured a three-year contract with the Avalanche worth $2.8 million AAV, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
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Tenure in Columbus basically over
LWColumbus Blue Jackets
June 8, 2018
Calvert, a pending unrestricted free agent, is likely to move on from the Blue Jackets since the two sides have not engaged in any contract discussions, The Athletic reports.
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