Conor Sheary
Conor Sheary
26-Year-Old Left WingLW
Buffalo Sabres
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Despite being just 25 years old, Sheary will bring invaluable experience to the Sabres having lifted the Stanley Cup at the end of two of his three professional campaigns. The high-energy winger was set to play on a line with Jack Eichel -- a role that would have fit him well since he previously played on the left side of Sidney Crosby -- however, the acquisition of Jeff Skinner has muddied the waters it terms of where Sheary might play. The move by Pittsburgh to trade the 26-year-old had more to do with his $3 million cap hit and less about his performance on the ice -- although Penguins coach Mike Sullivan did occasionally scratch him when his game would start to slip. At any rate, the Sabres can say they found a real bargain if Sheary can get back to being the 53-point producer he was during the 2016-17 campaign. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $9 million extension with the Penguins in July 2017.
Huge night against former club
LWBuffalo Sabres
March 1, 2019
Sheary scored two goals -- the first on the power play, and the second the overtime winner -- and added an assist in Friday's 4-3 victory over the Penguins.
ANALYSIS
After spending his first three NHL seasons in Pittsburgh, Sheary headed to Buffalo and hasn't been as productive as he was in his breakout 2016-17 campaign, but the 26-year-old does have 11 goals and 29 points through 60 games -- one fewer point than he managed last year in 19 fewer contests. Given that he only had two points (both helpers) in his prior nine games, however, a repeat of this performance any time soon seems unlikely.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:37
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:42
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:02
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
15:56
1:47
0:01
2017–18
13:57
1:11
0:01
2018–19
14:37
1:42
0:02
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Since turning pro on the heels of a four-year collegiate career with UMass-Amherst, Sheary has earned a spot on the Penguins’ top line with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel (a trio cleverly named “Sid and the Kids”), won back-to-back Stanley Cups, and secured a three-year, $9 million contract extension. Last year, the energetic winger racked up an impressive 23 goals and 30 helpers despite appearing in a mere 61 outings. When it comes to the man advantage, though, the diminutive forward’s action will mostly come with the second unit. The biggest knock on the 25-year-old is his erratic play -- a postseason benching serves as Exhibit A, and bouts of inconsistency could result in him getting bumped down to the third line periodically. Still, as long as he mostly sticks with Crosby, there’s reason to believe Sheary can clear 50 points again.
Sheary was emblematic of the style of play and pace demanded from new coach Mike Sullivan after the Penguins fired Mike Johnston in December. In fact, he pretty much followed Sullivan from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, debuting Dec. 18. The UMass-Amhert product didn’t produce much offense in a fourth-line role – 10 points in 44 games – but he scored two goals in the Stanley Cup Finals, including the overtime winner in Game 2. Sheary plays bigger and protects the puck better than his 5-foot-8 frame would imply. That diminutive stature lends itself to injury and he seems to get worn down relatively easily, but he has the potential to improve upon his offensive production – especially if he continues to see even-strength time with Sidney Crosby. In 88 AHL tilts, Sheary has potted 27 goals and 81 points, so there’s fantasy intrigue here.
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Notches apple in loss
LWBuffalo Sabres
February 27, 2019
Sheary had an even-strength assist and three shots on goal in Tuesday's road loss to the Flyers.
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Opens scoring versus Red Wings
LWBuffalo Sabres
February 9, 2019
Sheary's unassisted goal in the second period ignited the Sabres' offense in a 3-1 win over the Red Wings on Saturday.
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Pots winner in Columbus
LWBuffalo Sabres
January 30, 2019
Sheary scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Blue Jackets.
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Collects assist
LWBuffalo Sabres
January 13, 2019
Sheary notched an assist in Saturday's loss to Tampa Bay.
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Ends goal drought
LWBuffalo Sabres
December 22, 2018
Sheary snapped his 16-game goal drought in Saturday's win over Anaheim.
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