Fantasy Take: Niederreiter Moves On To Nashville

Michael Clifford

2022-07-21

One of the more notable free agents left on the board signed on with a new team on Thursday morning. Nino Niederreiter, the recent Carolina Hurricane winger, latched onto Nashville for a two-year deal carrying an average annual value of $4M. Here is the breaking news from Elliotte Friedman:

Let's get to what this means for Nashville. Data from Frozen Tools or Natural Stat Trick.

What Nashville Gets

Niederreiter has long been one of the more underrated players in the league. Sure, he's never had more than 25 goals in a season and has cracked 50 points only twice, but point-per-game production hasn't been his calling card. A big reason for Niederreiter's lack of high-end production is a lack of power-play time: he hasn't averaged two minutes a game of PPTOI since 2018-19, his first season in Carolina. He has 21 PPPs over his last 198 games and averaging under 10 PPPs/82 games doesn't lead to high-end production. There is also overall ice time to consider, as he was only in the 60th percentile of the league in 5-on-5 TOI over the last three years, a low-end second-line number.

The flipside is in the few minutes he is given, he's very productive. Over those same three years, his goals per 60 minutes borders on low-end first-line status, and ties him with names like Pavel Buchnevich and Gabriel Landeskog. His points per 60 minutes isn't as high but that brings us to one of his weaknesses: playmaking. From Hockey Viz's new model, his "setting," or his ability to setup line mates for an imminent shot, has been around league average for years now: