Geek of the Week: Can Ryan Suter Repeat Last Year’s Performance?

Scott Maran

2018-09-23


With our Regression in the Projection series over (where parts one, two, three, and four can be found here), this week I’ll be taking a look at defenseman Ryan Suter from the Minnesota Wild. Drafted by the Nashville Predators seventh overall, Suter flourished next to his partner in crime Shea Weber for over seven years. He’s now been on the Minnesota Wild for six seasons and has consistently been a top defenseman to own in fantasy hockey. However, after tying his career high in points at 33 years old, can Ryan Suter repeat his performance?

After only recording 40 points in the 2016-17 campaign, Ryan Suter bounced back strong with (another) 50+ point season. His 51 points were tied for the 17th most by a defender while his 23 power play points were tied for the 10th most. Even though he never broke 50 points with the Nashville Predators, Suter may be starting to show that his 51-point season with the Wild in 2016 may not have been a fluke.

 

Rank

FHG Value

GP

G

A

SOG

PPP

HITS

2017-18

59

33

78

6

45

149

23

78

2018-19

90

15

74

8

36

153

18

67


However, despite providing the 59th most value last year, Suter’s projected to only provide the 90th most value this season*. Dobber’s projections have Suter finishing with seven less points and five less power-play points. He’s also projected to finish with a slight decrease in hits and slight increase in goals and shots on net. If this is accurate, Suter would only be the 33rd most valuable d