Jason Demers

Jason Demers

33-Year-Old DefensemanD
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jason Demers in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a five-year, $22.5 million contract with the Panthers in July of 2016. Traded to the Coyotes in September of 2017.
Signs with KHL club
DFree Agent
December 20, 2021
Demers inked a one-year deal with AK Bars (KHL) on Monday.
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Demers hasn't played overseas since the 2012-13 campaign with Karpat. Still, with no interest from NHL teams this offseason, the 33-year-old defenseman will give the KHL a shot. This likely marks the end of the Quebec native's 12-year NHL career which will see him eventually retire having logged 699 games for San Jose, Arizona, Dallas and Florida in which he garnered 45 goals and 169 assists.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
 
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20:30
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2:16
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17:14
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Demers skated in 50 games in 2019-20, recording only 11 assists to go with 76 hits and 70 blocked shots. He lost time due to knee and oblique injuries, although he wasn't extremely productive on the scoresheet when he did play. At 32 years old, Demers' time as a top-four defenseman could be coming to a close, especially as Jakob Chychrun and prospect Victor Soderstrom push for playing time on the right side of the Coyotes' blue line. Demers will likely start the 2020-21 season in a sizable role, but he's unlikely to exceed 15 points on the year. He should, however, be able to chip in roughly 80 hits and 80 blocked shots if he can stay out of the trainer's room.
Demers lost 47 games to a knee injury in 2018-19, producing only eight points in 35 contests. Five of his points came in 17 games after his return, showing the 31-year-old defenseman still has some offense left in him. Demers is a blueliner who won't excel in any one category but rather contribute a little in each of them. He's likely good for 20 points, 90 shots on goal, 80 hits and 70 blocked shots in a healthy year, but his defensive duties could result in more missed time should he sustain an injury.
Leave it to a journeyman to have procured one of the longest contracts among active Coyotes players. Demers originally signed a five-year deal with the Panthers in July of 2016, but the rearguard, who's cashing out the balance of a deal worth $4.5 million annually, was sent to Arizona last September in exchange for forward Jamie McGinn. Demers recorded 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) and 79 blocked shots in 69 games in the most recent campaign, which was cut short by a hand injury. Still, the Quebec native should be ready for training camp, and there's no reason to expect him to divert from his no-frills, two-way playing style in the upcoming campaign.
Demers is a second-pairing defender who can do it all for the Panthers, and he experienced an improvement in productivity last season, totaling a career-high nine goals along with 28 points while playing in all situations. He’s also a right-hand shot, which gives him even more value, but the 29-year-old is no threat to overtake Aaron Ekblad on the depth chart. Even though the team performed poorly, Demers’ production never really suffered aside from his rating (a career-worst minus-14), so he’s expected to play the same role and provide similar offensive contributions for the upcoming season. There’s some fantasy value in that, at least in deeper formats.
After parlaying parlayed 45 points in 123 games over most of two seasons with the Stars into a five-year deal with the Panthers, Demers is expected to slide into a top-four role on Florida’s retooled blue line. The 28-year-old defenseman has the skills to chip in consistently on offense, and his plus-27 rating over the past three seasons – particularly impressive when you take into account the Stars’ lack of commitment to defense in recent seasons – suggests that he’s turned into an excellent two-way player. There’s little reason to expect a decline, as Demers is just hitting his prime on what promises to be a contending team, but his fantasy upside is limited.
Traded to the Stars early on in the 2014-15 season, Demers was a serviceable top-four defender and second-unit power-play member for his new team, contributing 22 points in 61 games. The former Shark supplemented the scoring with 71 PIM while chipping in 118 hits and 85 blocks. The 34 points Demers put up in 2013-14 could very well prove to be a career mark, but the 27-year-old certainly isn’t afraid to jump into the rush, and is a capable playmaker in the offensive zone when the opportunity presents itself. The addition of Johnny Oduya could at least allow Demers to see a small increase in offensive involvement, as it’s possible the former Blackhawk could become his new partner, taking on more of the net clearing and shot blocking responsibilities while Demers pursues more scoring chances.
Demers really blossomed as a player last season. He hit career-high numbers in goals (five), assists (29), penalty minutes (30) and shots (105). He was also one second shy, at 19:29, of a career mark in average time on ice. The 26-year-old defenseman took a huge step forward last year, but be wary of assuming too much from his growth. It was a great season, but it may be a what-you-see-is-what-you-get situation. Expect numbers close to his 2013-14 totals, but nothing much more than that. Demers gets some power play time, but really hasn't been all that productive there. He's a solid depth player for fantasy, but his upside is limited. He's not your sleeper pick this year.
Demers was a mainstay at the San Jose blue line for the first half of the 2013 season before a foot injury sidelined him in April. Up until that point, he was averaging 18:38 in ice time with a goal and two assists in those 22 games. That production is anemic compared to his previous 58 points in 183 games, so the question is out there -- was this an anomaly or has his role permanently changed? Honestly, we don't know the answer. We don't see why you'd want to take a risk on Demers now until the answer becomes clearer. He’s a young player whose role is sure to grow. But if it grows to the point of fantasy relevance, you can probably pick him up off waivers.
Demers will battle Justin Braun for playing time this year. Both have offensive upside, but neither will get many opportunities to show it off in the 6/7 spot. Braun may have the initial edge to start in the top-six, but Demers will be barking at his tail the whole season. The Sharks' defense is so remarkably deep this year. He'll get a chance to play on the second power-play unit (that is, if he earns the job). but with Dan Boyle and Brent Burns as locks to run both units most nights, that ice time will be thin, too. However, don't ignore Demers entirely as there will come a point during the season where he'll go on a little offensive burst. Your team will benefit if you can catch that lightning in a bottle.
With so many serviceable fantasy options making up the Sharks' roster, Demers tends to fly under the radar. But he took a big leap in 2010-11, notching 24 points (2 G, 22 A) to complement a shiny, plus-19 rating, the best of any Sharks skater. Also of significance, Demers saw his average ice time climb from 15:25 in 2009-10 to 19:29 last season. He's an emerging offensive threat on Team Teal's blue line and someone worth considering in the later rounds of standard fantasy leagues.
Demers is arguably the fastest rising player dressed in teal. He had 17 helpers in his rookie season, while averaging 15:26 of ice time through 51 games. Better yet, the team from the Bay Area secured his services with a two-year contract extension this past offseason, a likely indication that Team Teal has big plans for No. 60 in 2010-11. He has sleeper status written all over.
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Collects assist in win
DArizona Coyotes  Foreign
April 30, 2021
Demers registered an assist, five hits and a plus-2 rating in Friday's 3-0 win over the Golden Knights.
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Snaps point drought with helper
DArizona Coyotes  Foreign
April 5, 2021
Demers picked up an assist and two shots on goal in Monday's 5-2 win over the Kings.
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Part-time role
DArizona Coyotes  Foreign
March 20, 2021
Demers has been a healthy scratch in the last two games.
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Dishes assist Saturday
DArizona Coyotes  Foreign
February 13, 2021
Demers posted an assist, three shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Blues.
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Slings helper
DArizona Coyotes  Foreign
February 4, 2021
Demers posted an assist, two hits and two blocked shots in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Blues.
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