Teddy Blueger

Teddy Blueger

27-Year-Old CenterC
Pittsburgh Penguins
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Blueger took a big step offensively last season, matching his 2019-20 total of 22 points in 26 fewer games. He scored three of his seven goals while short handed and posted a 14.3 shooting percentage overall. His increased offensive efficiency and solid defensive game earned him a two-year extension in Pittsburgh and potentially a bigger role in the lineup. The 27-year-old has averaged 15:27 of ice time over the last two seasons and could see a slight bump this year -- at least until Evgeni Malkin returns. Still, it appears that Blueger will be mostly confined to a bottom-six role for most of the campaign, limiting his fantasy upside. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.4 million contract extension with the Penguins in July of 2021.
Three points Sunday
CPittsburgh Penguins
March 28, 2022
Blueger scored a goal and added two assists, one short-handed, in Sunday's 11-2 win over the Red Wings.
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In a rout like this, even the fourth-line grinders get in on the action. Blueger had a point in each period as he put together his first multi-point performance since late November, and his first-period tally gave him his ninth goal of the season, tying his prior career high.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:01
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:05
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:15
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
15:49
0:07
2:23
2020–21
14:51
0:04
2:09
2021–22
15:01
0:05
2:15
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Blueger had a strong 2019-20 campaign, setting career highs in games played (69), goals (nine) and assists (13). While the high-energy center is capable of producing offensively, his primary value to the Penguins comes from his defensive prowess and ability to shutdown opposing top lines. The 26-year-old Latvian figures to continue filling a third-line center role, so he won't offer much value in fantasy leagues, but he'll be critical to Pittsburgh's success or failure this season.
Blueger made his NHL debut on Jan. 30 versus the Lightning and never looked back. The left-handed Latvian signed a two-year, one-way contract with the Penguins in July, which all but guaranteed that he'll have a spot in the lineup on a nightly basis in 2019-20 as the team's new fourth-line center. In 28 appearances last season, the 24-year-old racked up six goals, four assists and 33 shots while averaging 11:03 of ice time per contest. Blueger is a quality faceoff man, and figures to be a critical component of Pittsburgh's penalty-killing unit this campaign. While he certainly won't be a fantasy stud, Blueger could make for a sneaky depth option in deeper formats this season.
Blueger scored 19 points (6G, 13A) in 40 games for Minnesota State-Mankato in 2012-13. Right now his primary claim to fame is that he attended Shattuck-St. Mary's, the same prep school as Sidney Crosby. Blueger, a Latvian native, is still years away from making an impact with the Pens. The 2012 second-round draft pick will continue to develop his playmaking skills at the NCAA level. Fantasy owners in keeper leagues might want to take a chance on him, if only because of Pittsburgh's dearth of offensive prospects.
The Latvian native scored 24 goals and registered 64 assists while playing for Shattuck-St. Mary's in 2011-12. He's expected to attend Minnesota State. Blueger, a second-round pick in 2012, tallied a goal and two assists for Latvia's entry into the World Juniors. While Blueger attended the same school as Sidney Crosby, he's years away from making a possible impact in the NHL. One plus Blueger does have going for him, however, is the fact that Pittsburgh has a dearth of offensive prospects in its organization.
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Removed from injured reserve
CPittsburgh Penguins
March 8, 2022
Blueger (jaw) has been activated off injured reserve ahead of Tuesday's matchup with the Panthers, per the NHL media site.
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Game-time call Tuesday
CPittsburgh Penguins
Jaw
March 7, 2022
Blueger (jaw) was ruled a game-time decision for Tuesday's tilt versus Florida on Monday.
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Cleared for contact
CPittsburgh Penguins
Jaw
March 1, 2022
Blueger (jaw) has been cleared to begin taking contact at practice, per Pens Inside Scoop.
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Resumes skating
CPittsburgh Penguins
Jaw
February 20, 2022
Blueger (jaw) skated Sunday morning as a part of a rehab process.
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To miss several weeks in recovery
CPittsburgh Penguins
Undisclosed
January 24, 2022
Blueger underwent successful surgery to repair his fractured jaw Monday.
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