Markus Nutivaara
Markus Nutivaara
24-Year-Old DefensemanD
Columbus Blue Jackets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Nutivaara had a solid second NHL campaign last year despite a February upper-body injury that cost him 11 games, providing some effective secondary scoring behind the dynamic duo of Seth Jones and Zach Werenski. The 24-year-old doesn't have the upside of either of those two young studs, but he's a smooth skater and passer who plays a heady two-way game, making him a comfortable fit on a second or third pairing. Jack Johnson's exit could push Nutivaara into more ice time and a spot on the second power-play unit, but last season's production likely isn't too far from his fantasy ceiling. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $10.8 million contract extension in March 2018.
Notches helper Saturday
DColumbus Blue Jackets
January 12, 2019
Nutivaara tallied an assist and logged 20:21 of ice time during Saturday's 2-1 overtime win against the Capitals.
ANALYSIS
Nutivaara's helper on Cam Atkinson's first-period goal one minute into the game snapped an 11-game scoring drought for the Finnish defender. With four goals and 13 points in 43 games, the 24-year-old will likely return to the third defense pairing once Ryan Murray (illness) returns to the lineup and has very limited fantasy value.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:58
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:11
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:06
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
13:13
0:10
0:02
2017–18
16:02
0:33
0:03
2018–19
16:58
0:11
0:06
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
A surprise addition to the roster out of training camp, Nutivaara didn't make any waves as an offensive threat but helped stabilize the Blue Jackets’ bottom defensive pairing, showing good mobility and passing skills as well as a calm demeanor on the puck. A seventh round pick in 2015, the 23-year-old is an inspiring story, but he lacks upside or an edge to his game, and as more physical young defensemen in the system begin to push for spots, Nutivaara may find himself in the press box more often.
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Slated to return Friday
DColumbus Blue Jackets
January 4, 2019
Nutivaara (undisclosed) returned to practice Thursday and is projected to play Friday against the Hurricanes, Kurt Dusterberg of NHL.com reports.
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Absent from practice
DColumbus Blue Jackets
Undisclosed
January 2, 2019
Nutivaara was not in attendance for Wednesday's practice session due to an undisclosed injury, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
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Sluggish heading into new year
DColumbus Blue Jackets
January 1, 2019
Nutivaara hasn't scored a point in the Blue Jackets' last seven games, his longest drought of the season.
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Pots first goal of campaign
DColumbus Blue Jackets
October 31, 2018
Nutivaara scored a goal and registered three shots on net in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Detroit.
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Team-high seven shots in win
DColumbus Blue Jackets
October 9, 2018
Nutivaara tallied one assist and registered seven shots on goal in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Colorado.
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