Connor Hellebuyck
Connor Hellebuyck
26-Year-Old GoalieG
Winnipeg Jets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Heading into last season, Hellebuyck was facing a “prove it” year with the possibility of being bounced from the starting job by Steve Mason. Well after racking up 44 wins in 67 games along with a 2.36 GAA and career-high .924 save percentage, the hulking netminder landed a six-year, $37 million contract (sixth highest AAV among goalies) and was nominated for the Vezina Trophy. The next challenge for the youngster is whether he can continue to perform at such an elite level. Being backed by on offense that was second in the league in scoring last year (3.33 goals per game) will certainly help the Michigan native continue racking up wins. Another season like 2017-18 and it won't be long before Hellebuyck's name is consistently listed alongside those of Pekka Rinne, Braden Holtby and Tuukka Rask. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $37 million contract with the Jets in July of 2018.
Loses again, ending Jets' season
GWinnipeg Jets
April 20, 2019
Hellebuyck stopped 33 of 36 shots in Saturday's 3-2 Game 6 loss to St.Louis. With the win, the Blues advance to the second round of the 2018-19 playoffs.
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Hellebuyck put his team behind the eight-ball early Saturday, allowing a weak goal to beat him just 23 seconds into the game. Winnipeg's goaltender played well from there and stood little chance on the other two goals that beat him, but ultimately, Hellebuyck's effort wasn't good enough to keep his team's season alive. As a result, Winnipeg's offseason will kick off far earlier than anticipated, and big changes could be forthcoming following this disappointing crash landing out of the postseason.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Connor Hellebuyck
Yahoo DFS Hockey: Saturday Playoff Picks
58 days ago
Sasha Yodashkin likes Connor Hellebuyck’s chances of a bounce-back win in Game 6 in St. Louis on Saturday.
Yahoo DFS Hockey: Thursday Playoff Picks
60 days ago
Chris Morgan likes Connor Hellebuyck's chances at a victory in Game 5 at home versus St. Louis on Thursday.
Yahoo DFS Hockey: Sunday Playoff Picks
64 days ago
Despite his premium price, Jordan Mazzara thinks Sergei Bobrovsky can continue his postseason magic against the Lightning in Game 3.
Yahoo DFS Hockey: Friday Playoff Picks
66 days ago
Sasha Yodashkin previews Night 3 of the postseason, recommending Jets netminder Connor Hellebuyck in a bounce-back scenario against the Blues.
FanDuel NHL: Friday Playoff Value Plays
66 days ago
Columbus’ Artemi Panarin started 77.2 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, highest on the Blue Jackets and one of the highest totals in the league.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The 2016-17 campaign was intended to be Hellebuyck’s first full season patrolling the crease, but he posted a 2.99 GAA and .906 save percentage through 29 games after the All-Star break, ultimately relinquishing minutes to Ondrej Pavelec (and later, Michael Hutchinson) in a failed bid for a playoff spot. However, since the goalie change went awry by virtue of Pavelec sustaining a litany of injuries and then moving to the Big Apple in the offseason, Hellebuyck once again enters the year as the presumptive No. 1 backstop in Winnipeg. he'll thus be in fine position to improve on his 26-19-4 record -- including four shutouts -- from 2016-17, as the Jets are a team on the rise. Should the 24-year-old’s case of the hiccups persist, veteran newcomer Steve Mason is waiting in the wings as a contingency plan for coach Paul Maurice. While he can be maddeningly inconsistent, Hellebuyck should be motivated to rebound in a contract year, making him a sneaky (and likely rather inexpensive) fantasy option.
Hellebuyck got an opportunity in his rookie season with the Jets, notching a 13-11-1 record with a .918 save percentage, 2.34 GAA and two shutouts. Not bad numbers for a first-year netminder, but the AHL will still be a part of his routine for the foreseeable future with Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson still on the roster. The 23-year-old could, however, become the long-term goalie in Winnipeg, especially with more experience under his belt. Unless the Jets make some preseason moves, Hellebuyck will start the year third in the pecking order, but he could step into the limelight sooner rather than later.
Hellebuyck performed admirably for AHL St. John’s last season, posting a 28-22-5 record with a 2.58 GAA and a .921 save percentage over 58 games in his first professional campaign. His numbers probably would have been even better if he hadn’t been suiting up for one of the poorer defensive teams in the AHL. The former UMass-Lowell goaltender took home the Mike Richter award as the best netminder in NCAA hockey as a sophomore in 2014, and he's regarded as one of the top goalie prospects in all of hockey. However, he currently sits behind Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson on the Jets’ depth chart, so he'll likely spend most of the 2015-16 season in the AHL unless one of those top two guys struggles mightily or gets hurt. However, he’s only 22 years old and has plenty of time to develop into a true starting NHL goaltender over the next few years. With Hutchinson’s deal set to expire after the upcoming season, Hellebuyck is one for fantasy owners to keep an eye on, as he's expected to start knocking on the door this year.
Hellebuyck, 21, has been honing his craft at the college level with UMass-Lowell the past two seasons, producing back-to-back campaigns with a sub-2.00 GAA and a total of 12 shutouts during that time. The winner of the inaugural Mike Richter Award given to the nation’s top collegiate goaltender, Hellebuyck has evolved from a fringy prospect drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft to the likely No. 3 goalie on the Jets’ organizational depth chart. The simultaneous rise of fellow goalie prospect Michael Hutchinson might be a potential roadblock to No. 1 duties in the long-term, but with a strong debut season at AHL St. John’s, it wouldn’t be out of the question for Hellebuyck to ascend to the top of the heap by 2015-16.
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Will have to sustain success on road
GWinnipeg Jets
April 20, 2019
Hellebuyck will defend the cage for Game 6 against the Blues, who are playing host to the contest, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
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Home ice is kryptonite for 'tender
GWinnipeg Jets
April 18, 2019
Hellebuyck made 26 saves in a 3-2 loss to St. Louis in Game 5 on Thursday.
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Starting pivotal Game 5
GWinnipeg Jets
April 18, 2019
Hellebuyck will guard the goal in Thursday's Game 5 against the Blues in Winnipeg, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
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Dominant to tie series
GWinnipeg Jets
April 16, 2019
Hellebuyck steered away 31 of 32 shots in Tuesday's Game 4 win versus the Blues in overtime.
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Defending cage Tuesday
GWinnipeg Jets
April 16, 2019
Hellebuyck will tend the twine for Tuesday's Game 4 road tilt with St. Louis, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
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