Victor Rask
Victor Rask
25-Year-Old CenterC
Carolina Hurricanes
IR-NR
Injury Hand
Est. Return 11/21/2018
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
Could return soon
CCarolina Hurricanes
Hand
November 20, 2018
Rask (hand) looks "ready to go" according to coach Rod Brind'Amour, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Rask is expected to ease his way back into action, but getting him back in the lineup should boost the scoring depth for a Hurricanes squad that is averaging a mere 2.50 goals (fifth fewest in the league). The Swede hasn't played since March of 2017, yet appears set to avoid a conditioning assignment in the minors. In order to suit up, the center will need to be taken off the non-roster, injured reserve list.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
17:18
2:08
0:23
2017–18
15:23
2:07
0:01
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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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Continues to progress
CCarolina Hurricanes
Hand
November 14, 2018
Rask (hand) is "getting close to being hopefully cleared to work with us pretty soon," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said Wednesday, as relayed from Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site.
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Ramping up rehab activity
CCarolina Hurricanes
Hand
November 10, 2018
Rask (hand) hit practice ice Saturday and performed skating, stickhandling and shooting drills, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
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Expected back early next month
CCarolina Hurricanes
Hand
November 4, 2018
Rask (hand) is expected to return during the first week of December, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
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Out another month at least
CCarolina Hurricanes
Hand
October 29, 2018
Rask (hand) is expected to be sidelined for at least another month after undergoing surgery on his hand, which was hurt in a kitchen accident, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
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Lands on IR
CCarolina Hurricanes
Hand
October 2, 2018
The Hurricanes placed Rask (hand) on injured reserve Tuesday, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
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