Victor Rask
Victor Rask
25-Year-Old CenterC
Minnesota Wild
Day-To-Day
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 2/17/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Rask's 2017-18 season was nothing short of a colossal disappointment. After coming tantalizingly close to the 50-point plateau the previous two seasons (with 45 and 48 points, respectively), Rask finished with just 31 points in 71 games - the worst output of his career. Once pegged as a potential No.1 center for the Canes, Rask played mostly on the third and fourth lines last season, and even sat as a healthy scratch for two games in November. Unfortunately, his production never really improved following the benching, although he did have 11 points in 17 games before missing the final seven games of the season with a shoulder injury. Rask will miss several months after lacerating two fingers in a kitchen accident in training camp, but will eventually aim to get his career back on track following an organizational shakeup at the end of last season that resulted in new ownership, a new GM (Don Waddell) and a new head coach (Rod Brind'Amour). Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $24 million contract with the Hurricanes in July of 2016.
Considered day-to-day
CMinnesota Wild
Undisclosed
February 14, 2019
Rask has been labeled day-to-day with a lower-body injury and won't play Friday against the Devils, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
ANALYSIS
Rask had seen limited ice time in the two games prior to his exit, playing fewer than eight minutes in each. Still, his absence Friday degrades the Wild's depth up front and should result in Kyle Rau drawing in.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    12:11
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:57
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
  • Average Time On Ice:
    12:02
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:50
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:05
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
17:18
2:08
0:23
2017–18
15:23
2:07
0:01
2018–19
12:11
1:57
0:00
2018–19
12:02
1:50
0:05
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After signing a six-year, $24 million contract last July and being named one of the Hurricanes’ alternate captains, Rask looked like he was going to be a leader on the ice after opening the season with 15 points in his first 17 games. However, he was wildly inconsistent after that, scoring just eight goals over his last 65 games. He went pointless during one 14-game stretch from mid-January to mid-February and finished the season with just 45 points and a minus-10 rating. At just 24 years old, there is still plenty of time for Rask to establish himself as a legitimate top-six player in the NHL, but he needs to develop more consistency on a nightly basis. Cracking the 50-point plateau would be an important first step.
Rask took a big step up in his second NHL season, tallying 48 points (21 goals, 27 assists) in 80 appearances, a 15-point spike over his rookie campaign. Primarily splitting time between the second and third lines last season, the 23-year-old Swede should be back in the mix for a top-six role. Specifically, he is a leading candidate to center the Canes’ second line in the absence of longtime captain Eric Staal, who was traded to the Rangers in February and subsequently signed with Minnesota in the offseason. Rask did have minor shoulder surgery in May, but the Hurricanes expect him to be healthy prior to the start of the upcoming campaign. Having signed a six-year, $24 million contract in July, the young pivot will be a building block of the franchise for years to come.
Expectations were high right out of the gate for Rask last year, as he was tabbed early on by GM Ron Francis as one of the rookies who was expected to make the team out of training camp. In fact, not only did Rask secure himself a roster spot following a strong preseason, but he was bumped up to center the team’s first line after Jordan Staal opened the season on IR with a broken leg. Overall, Rask enjoyed a very productive rookie season, finishing the year with 33 points in 80 games. This upcoming season, Rask is expected to return to his role as the team’s second-line center alongside Nathan Gerbe and Chris Terry.
A former second-round pick by the Hurricanes in 2011, Rask, 21, seems to be on the cusp of an arrival to the parent club. The 21-year-old supplied 16 goals and 23 assists over 76 games with AHL Charlotte last season, his second in the minors. After an impressive showing in the annual prospects tournament in Traverse City, Mich. in September, Rask will be given the opportunity to earn a roster spot with the ‘Canes out of training camp. He’ll face some stiff competition for the spot, and would more than likely be relegated to a third- or fourth-line role in his rookie season, if he makes the squad.
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Will be evaluated Wednesday
CMinnesota Wild
February 12, 2019
Rask left Tuesday's loss to the Flyers with an undisclosed injury and didn't return, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Looking to get going offensively
CMinnesota Wild
February 12, 2019
Rask will suit up as the fourth line left wing in Tuesday's home game against Philadelphia, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
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Scores first goal with Wild
CMinnesota Wild
February 2, 2019
Rask notched a goal in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago.
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Preparing for Wild debut
CMinnesota Wild
January 19, 2019
Rask will debut for Minnesota on Saturday against the Blue Jackets, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Headed north
CMinnesota Wild
January 17, 2019
Rask was sent to Minnesota from Carolina in exchange for Nino Niederreiter on Thursday.
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