Ceci collected an assist and two blocked shots in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Blues. Ceci's up to a goal and two assists through four games this season. Theoretically, the blueliner is the more defensive player on a pairing with Morgan Rielly, but a move to a strong offense like Toronto's could see Ceci challenge his career high of 26 points, which he achieved both last year and in 2015-16.
Ceci has a goal and an assist in three games and is averaging around 23 minutes of ice time. Ceci is great illustration of the differences between on-ice and fantasy value. He's chewing up huge minutes, as coach Mike Babcock is relying heavily on his top-four, and he's getting points. But his in-game decision-making is questionable at best and his missed reads were glaring Saturday night against Montreal. So far, the assignments haven't been tough given the opposition, but Ceci's flaws will be exposed against elite teams. Still, if he can put up offense, fantasy owners will be happy.
Ceci has been skating on the top pairing with Morgan Rielly. Ceci will be a stay-at-home pillar that will allow Rielly to roam with Toronto's elite forwards at even strength. The young blueliner needs to step up his game to earn a lucrative next contract. Ceci has talent, but his game is a better fit in the real arena than in a fantasy one, especially given his role.
Ceci inked a one-year, $4.5 million contract with Toronto on Thursday. Ceci was acquired by the Leafs from the Sens as part of the Nikita Zaitsev trade. The Ottawa native joins a revamped blue line that also added Tyson Barrie, Ben Harpur and Kevin Gravel during the offseason. The 24-year-old tied his career best 26 points last year and should be capable of pushing for the 30-point mark this year.
Ceci joins Toronto from Ottawa, along with Ben Harpur, Aaron Luchuk and a 2020 third-round pick, in exchange for Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown and Michael Carcone. Ceci set a career high last season in assists (19) and matched his best point total (26) from 2015-16. The defender was a minimal factor on the power play for the Sens, but could find himself taking on a more predominant role with the Leafs. With a more high-powered offense around him, the 24-year-old could push for the 30-point mark this year.
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