Neal Pionk
Neal Pionk
24-Year-Old DefensemanD
Winnipeg Jets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Pionk has shown some promise offensively with 40 points in 101 NHL games, but he's also struggled mightily in his own zone and owns a minus-17 rating. Getting traded from the Rangers to the Jets in the offseason will result in a reduced role for Pionk after he averaged 21:10 of ice time last season, but he'll also benefit from playing sheltered minutes on one of the league's most talented teams. While Pionk's scoring ability is intriguing, his shortcomings in the defensive end will make it tough for him to carve out anything more than a third-pairing role with Winnipeg. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Jets in July of 2019.
Comes through on power play
DWinnipeg Jets
October 17, 2019
Pionk picked up a power-play assist in Thursday's 3-1 loss at home to the Islanders.
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Pionk also dished out three hits in the loss. Through nine games, the 24-year-old blueliner has collected six points, including a pair of power-play helpers. Poink had 13 power-play points a season ago, as a member of the Rangers.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:48
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:10
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:40
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
22:23
1:15
2:21
2018–19
21:10
1:30
2:53
2019–20
22:48
2:10
1:40
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Pionk performed well in his first NHL action last season, posting 14 points in 28 games, including five on the power play. He'll almost certainly wind up spending the full season with the big club this time around, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the 23-year-old defenseman skating on the second defensive pairing and second power-play unit. The University of Minnesota-Duluth product has good offensive instincts on the blue line and held his own with a minus-1 rating as a rookie, so there's a lot to like about Pionk, especially in dynasty formats.
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Strong effort in shootout win
DWinnipeg Jets
October 4, 2019
Pionk scored a goal and an assist while adding two shots, two blocked shots and a hit in Friday's 5-4 shootout win over the Devils.
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Lands two-year deal with Jets
DWinnipeg Jets
July 21, 2019
Pionk inked a two-year, $6 million deal with Winnipeg on Sunday.
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Files for arbitration
DWinnipeg Jets
July 6, 2019
Pionk officially filed for arbitration Friday.
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Handed qualifying offer
DWinnipeg Jets
June 25, 2019
Pionk was qualified by Winnipeg on Tuesday.
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Packing bags for Winnipeg
DWinnipeg Jets
June 17, 2019
Pionk was traded to the Jets along with the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft in exchange for Jacob Trouba.
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