Ryan Reaves
Ryan Reaves
32-Year-Old Right WingRW
Vegas Golden Knights
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Reaves was acquired by the Golden Knights in a trade with Pittsburgh in February of 2018. He's a veteran enforcer in an era where the gloves are rarely dropped anymore and teams generally deploy quicker and more highly skilled forwards. The Manitoba native only produced two assists over 21 games in the regular season with Vegas, but he asserted himself during the 2018 playoffs to the tune of two goals, 18 PIM, 37 hits and a plus-4 rating over 10 games. Still, with a fourth-line role and no clear path to significant ice time, Reaves is not worth owning in fantasy leagues unless you find yourself desperate for defensive numbers. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract with the Golden Knights in June of 2018.
Tosses season-high 10 hits
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April 16, 2019
Reaves dished out 10 hits and four shots on goal in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Sharks in Game 4.
Reaves posted 305 hits in 80 regular-season games, and has added a staggering 25 more checks in four postseason games. He also has 15 PIM in the series. The shots were a bit unusual, as he hadn't put a puck on net in seven games, and has only managed 17 shots in his previous 19 contests.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Reaves was the sheriff of St. Louis, but he was deputized to Pittsburgh in a draft-day trade. He's not going to light it up with goals and assists -- he posted a career highs with seven goals and 13 points last season -- but he'll have your back. The 30-year-old played in 80 games in 2016-17, recording 104 PIM, 239 hits and 26 blocked shots while playing just under nine minutes per game. The Penguins traded a first-round pick and a prospect for Reaves, so expect them to deploy him as much as they can, even if his offensive game isn't remarkable.
Reaves' game took a bit of a step forward in 2014-15, as he set career highs in goals (six), points (12) and shots (55) while still bringing his physical game to the Blues, racking up 116 PIM and 276 hits (also a career high). It's the toughness that makes Reaves valuable in fantasy formats that reward his unique skills, but he's in his late 20s and is a fourth-liner again, so he isn't likely to grow his offensive game much more.
The Blues relied on Reaves to dole out punishment once again last season as a member of the fourth line, with the winger tallying a career-high 211 hits and 126 penalty minutes. It was during one of his typical skirmishes that he suffered a broken hand, costing him about five weeks of action. Reaves would quickly return to his physical brand of hockey upon activation and earned a four-year contract extension along the way, keeping him in the fold for years to come as the protector of the Blues’ more offensively-skilled crop of forwards. If health permits, expect him to rank near the top of the league leaderboard in hits and penalty minutes, while providing next to nothing in just about every other category.
When the Blues traded B.J. Crombeen in the offseason, the move appeared to clear a roster spot and role for Reaves on a nightly basis. Reaves brings a lot of size and forecheck to the Blues, and he'll be best used to create a disturbance and intimidate. He'll be a fourth-line winger and with a nightly role, a potential help for fantasy teams in leagues that reward penalties (124 PIMs in 60 games).
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Points in consecutive games
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March 17, 2019
Reaves supplied a helper in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
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Tosses body around
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February 26, 2019
Reaves didn't score in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Stars, but he did contribute a game-high eight hits.
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Continues heavy-hitting ways
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February 14, 2019
Reaves slammed a season-high nine hits in a 6-3 loss to the Maple Leafs on Thursday.
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Surprising first-half output
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January 25, 2019
Reaves collected a career-high 15 points and eight goals during the first half of the 2018-19 season.
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Back in lineup
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December 17, 2018
Reaves (undisclosed) will play against the Blue Jackets on Monday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
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