Scott Mayfield
Scott Mayfield
27-Year-Old DefensemanD
New York Islanders
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 26-year-old enjoyed a career season in 2018-19, recording four goals and 19 points while posting a plus-18 rating, 68 PIM and 104 shots on net in 79 games. He also chipped in 159 blocks and 118 hits while skating an average of 18:44 per game. All of those numbers were career highs. The question now is, will Mayfield be able to replicate those totals during the upcoming campaign? There isn't a strong argument for why he can't, especially if veterans Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy continue to see their ice time dip. Should that happen, it wouldn't be surprising to see Mayfield log more than 19 minutes of ice time per game in 2019-20, thus giving him the opportunity to match and perhaps even exceed last year's totals, which could include reaching the five-goal and 20-point plateaus. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $7.25 million extension with the Islanders in January of 2018.
Plucks apple
DNew York Islanders
October 6, 2019
Mayfield notched an assist and went plus-2 in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Jets.
Mayfield produced the primary helper on Anders Lee's second-period tally, good for the defenseman's first point of the year. He has seven blocked shots and four hits in his first two games. The 26-year-old managed 19 points in 79 contests last season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Once a promising young defenseman, Mayfield is again in danger of finding himself in the press box regularly in 2018-19. But even if he finds consistent playing time, Mayfield's skills aren't parlayed into strong fantasy numbers. A brute at 6-foot-4 and 227 pounds, he's best in his own end as a stay-at-home type. Last season, the right-shooting rearguard provided just two goals and 12 points in 47 games. The 25-year-old is mostly useful to owners in need of hits and blocked shots. Over the last two seasons, Mayfield has averaged more than 1.50 hits and blocks per game. As far as standard leagues go, he will consistently contribute only to PIM, as the American has spent 98 minutes in the sin bin over 83 career contests.
Mayfield will be in a training camp battle with Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech to make the team as a bottom pair defenseman. Pulock may have the edge because of his rocket shot and the fact that he was a high draft pick but in the end the Isles may prefer the physical element that Mayfield brings to the ice. Even if Mayfield doesn't break camp with the team it would stand to reason that when injuries hit the defensive corps, he would be one of the first players called up to replace them.
Mayfield impressed the Islanders during their first-round playoff loss to Washington last season, and could be in a fight with Ryan Pulock to be the team’s sixth defenseman to open 2015-16. The 22-year-old profiles as a stay-at-home defender, after providing only 14 points in 69 games at AHL Bridgeport last season. If he doesn’t beat out Pulock in training camp, Mayfield should be the first call-up from Bridgeport when someone on defense ends up on injured reserve.
Mayfield had a short stint with the Islanders last season, appearing in five games, but will spend the bulk of this season in the AHL. He has failed to impress so far in two seasons for Bridgeport and may be starting to lose his place on the depth chart, or at very least, has lost his distinction as a top prospect.
Mayfield is another Islanders prospect on defense but this is his first year out of college and he is ticketed to play with Bridgeport of the AHL. If and when he is ready to play for the Isles, he will give the team some much needed size and attitude on the back end.
Mayfield impressed the Isles at prospect camp this past summer but is still headed to the University of Denver for his sophomore season. The best case scenario is that he turns pro after this year, but that is far from a lock to happen.
Mayfield was chosen 34th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, but will be playing at least the next couple of seasons at the University of Denver. The jury is out onto whether or not Mayfield has a future in the NHL.
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Played through ankle injury
DNew York Islanders
May 6, 2019
Mayfield was dealing with an ankle issue at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
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Dishes assist
DNew York Islanders
May 3, 2019
Mayfield notched an assist and four PIM in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes.
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Healthy return to practice
DNew York Islanders
April 22, 2019
Mayfield (undisclosed) was able to participate in Monday's practice without restriction, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
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Not skating
DNew York Islanders
April 20, 2019
Mayfield (undisclosed) didn't take part in practice for the Islanders on Saturday, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
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Nineteen points in 79 games
DNew York Islanders
April 10, 2019
Mayfield finished the 2018-19 regular season with four goals, 15 assists and a rating of plus-18 in 79 games.
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