Colton Parayko
Colton Parayko
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
St. Louis Blues
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Parayko entered the NHL at 22 years old after just 17 games in the AHL. "The Kid" went on to post at least 24 assists in each of his first three seasons with the big club -- the first Blue ever to accomplish that feat. It's not often a player can fire up his NHL career in that manner, so it's tough not to be optimistic about Parayko's ceiling. Now 25 years old, he boasts a 6-foot-6, 230-pound frame and a rocketing slap shot that the Blues hope he'll leverage into becoming a goal-scoring threat and power-play asset. He was more comfortable loading up his cannon last season as well, shooting 212 times. It won't be long before Parayko starts tickling the twine more, which would certainly vault him into the 50-point territory -- he had 35 points in 82 games last season. Parayko is a top sleeper candidate for fantasy owners who think he could blossom this campaign with a fiery new offense in front of him. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Blues in July of 2017.
Sets up two goals
DSt. Louis Blues
February 13, 2019
Parayko had two assists and a plus-1 rating in Tuesday's 8-3 demolition of New Jersey.
Having won seven in a row and eight of its last 10, Parayko's St. Louis Blues now astonishingly sit in the Western Conference's first wild-card position. Parayko has played a big part in the team's recent run, tallying a goal and five assists while owning a plus-6 rating over 22:29 of average time on ice.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A lightly regarded prospect before he came to hockey’s highest level, Parayko came out firing in his first two NHL seasons, posting 33 and then 35 points, which earned him a five-year deal extension with the Blues this past offseason. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound blueliner unleashes rockets from the blue line, which have earned him a role on the power play -- he cracked double-digit points with the man advantage last season, mostly in a second-unit role. He gets it done on both ends of the ice, too, as he’s posted a combined plus-35 rating in his two campaigns. Now 24 years old, Parayko will have a more important role in the defensive rotation as well as on the power play now that Kevin Shattenkirk has left St. Louis. This should be the year that Parayko breaks the 40-point barrier and fires more than 200 shots on goal, which would make him a steady starter in nearly any fantasy format.
Parayko quite literally blasted his way onto the Blues lineup last season – his shot is heavy and hard, and comes at goalies at more than 100 mph. He got off to a lightning-fast start to 2015-16, notching 10 points in his first 14 games and breaking the glass behind the Vancouver net in early-October. Hey – maybe that's why Ryan Miller played scared the whole season. Parayko finished with nine goals and 33 points in 78 games, and was the Blues' most reliable possession defender in both shot generation and suppression categories... as a rookie! That's pretty darn impressive for a pick out of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, who was passed over by all 30 teams the first year he was draft eligible. Parayko's surprisingly nimble on his skates for a guy who stands 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, and he has all of the attributes of a star on the rise. He may surpass Alex Pietrangelo's production this year and could soon be among the top-10 two-way studs in the entire league. Seriously.
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Big plays on both ends
DSt. Louis Blues
February 6, 2019
Parayko scored a goal and blocked three shots in Tuesday's win over the Panthers.
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Paces team in blocked shots
DSt. Louis Blues
January 20, 2019
Parayko dished out two hits and fired a shot on goal in Saturday's win over the Senators.
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Pots goal Thursday
DSt. Louis Blues
January 3, 2019
Parayko tallied a power-play goal and four shots during Thursday's 5-2 victory over the Capitals.
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Tickles twine twice
DSt. Louis Blues
December 15, 2018
Parayko went plus-3 and scored two goals in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Avalanche.
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Scores only goal of night
DSt. Louis Blues
December 7, 2018
Parayko scored a power-play goal in Friday's 1-0 win over the Jets.
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