Clayton Keller

Clayton Keller

23-Year-Old CenterC
Arizona Coyotes
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Keller may be the most promising forward left on a depleted Coyotes roster. He had 14 goals and 35 points in 56 games last season, including 10 points on the power play. With a trade and a handful of free agent departures, it's no secret the Coyotes are entering a rebuild, but Keller signed an eight-year contract in 2019 and will likely be with the team through the lean years. He may have trouble carrying the load as opposing defenses will be able to focus on shutting him down, and a lack of sufficient talent around him limits his options as a playmaker. For 2021-22, it's hard to see Keller getting more than 50 points, and he'll likely also end up in the red again for plus-minus rating. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year, $57.2 million contract extension with the Coyotes in September of 2019.
Registers assist in loss
CArizona Coyotes
December 3, 2021
Keller posted an assist and went minus-3 in Friday's 7-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
ANALYSIS
Keller set up Travis Boyd for a first-period tally, which was the extent of the Coyotes' offense. Despite the lack of scoring around him, Keller has racked up a solid 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) through 24 games. He's added 58 shots on net, 18 PIM and a minus-3 rating. The 23-year-old is clearly the most notable forward on the roster, and he's contributing enough offense to warrant a look in standard formats.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    19:36
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:54
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:38
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
16:18
2:42
0:01
2020–21
16:40
2:45
0:01
2021–22
19:36
2:54
0:38
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Keller produced 17 goals and 44 points in 70 contests last season, a slight rebound for the winger in his third NHL campaign. He shot at a 9.2 percent clip while adding 15 power-play points in 2019-20. Keller will be locked into a top-six role with the Coyotes in 2020-21, but he's yet to prove his 65-point rookie campaign from 2017-18 is a standard he can maintain. Fantasy managers should also be wary of his career minus-37 rating in 237 career games. Keller will likely land between 50 and 55 points with hefty shot totals and plenty of power-play usage if a full season is played in 2020-21.
Keller led the lackluster Coyotes offense with 47 points in 82 games in 2018-19 despite skating to a minus-21 rating. It's a dip from his 65-point rookie season the year before, but Keller only had a 7.0 shooting percentage in his second campaign. He's too talented to be scoring at such a low rate for long, and with Phil Kessel now on the Coyotes, opposing defenses won't be able to focus exclusively on Keller this season. Expect the 21-year-old to return to the 60-point mark, with 20-25 of those coming on the power play. The winger is a volume shooter as well -- he's posted at least 200 shots in each of his two NHL seasons.
Keller flaunted his top-rate offensive skill set in a boon to the Coyotes last season, unloading 65 points (23 goals, 45 assists) in 82 games at the tender age of 19. Although he'd narrowly miss out on the Calder Trophy for top rookie, the 2016 seventh overall pick can take solace in the fact that he claimed Rookie of the Month honors twice (October, March) and cleared a point-per-game average over the final 20 contests. Keller also fired 212 shots on net and dropped an impressive 20 points on the power play. While his puck skills are undeniable, Keller didn't supply much fantasy value defensively with only seven hits and 28 blocked shots over the full season. However, Coyotes GM John Chayka made some shrewd offseason moves in an effort to improve upon the team's minus-45 goal differential, and Keller should reap the rewards if all goes according to plan.
Keller has accomplished a lot since being selected seventh overall in the 2016 draft. He ascended from the USHL all the way to the NHL in less than a calendar year with dominant stops at Boston University, the World Junior Championship and the World Championship. He projects to slide into an offensively tilted role with Arizona in his first full season in the league, and Keller owns the skill set and creativity to be a consistent scorer out of the gate. However, at just 5-foot-10 and 168 pounds, there will likely be plenty of offensive peaks and valleys throughout the season. Additionally, the rigors of an 82-game schedule could take its toll in the second half. Still, Keller's an elite talent with promising long-term upside.
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One of each in loss
CArizona Coyotes
November 30, 2021
Keller scored a goal on seven shots and supplied an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Wild.
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Three-point effort in loss
CArizona Coyotes
November 24, 2021
Keller scored a goal on three shots and dished two assists in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Oilers.
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Assists on both goals in win
CArizona Coyotes
November 21, 2021
Keller logged a pair of assists, two shots on net and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 2-1 overtime win over the Kings.
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Nets overtime winner
CArizona Coyotes
November 20, 2021
Keller scored a goal on five shots in Saturday's 2-1 overtime win over the Red Wings.
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Puts up assist
CArizona Coyotes
November 18, 2021
Keller notched an assist, two PIM and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Blue Jackets.
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