Slavin had a phenomenal showing Tuesday against Edmonton, netting a highlight-reel goal, picking up an assist and blocking five shots in 27:34 of ice time. Not only did Slavin shut down superstar forward Connor McDavid all night, but he also showcased his offensive potential with his first two points of the season. The 23-year-old broke out for 34 points in 2016-17 and could quickly become one of the most dynamic fantasy blueliners in the game. The youngster established himself as arguably the Canes' best defensemen last season, leading the team in ice time and registering a plus-23 rating, so look for him to reach new heights this year. The smooth-skating rearguard is the real deal and it would be wise to take notice before other fellow fantasy goers snatch him up.
Slavin has been held pointless so far this year, but he's seeing roughly two more minutes of ice time compared to last season (25:22 vs. 23:26). Slavin continues to lock down a top-four role on the Canes' blue line, skating primarily on the second pairing with Brett Pesce. However, the team considers him more of a stay-at-home defender, meaning he is on the ice mostly in five-on-five and shorthanded situations. This does not create a great deal of fantasy value for Slavin outside of deeper formats; however he did lead the team in both blocked shots (161) and takeaways (83) last season, so if your league counts peripheral stats such as these, Slavin carries more value.
Slavin agreed to a seven-year contract extension with the Hurricanes on Wednesday, Terrell Williams of NHL.com reports. Slavin's contract is set to begin during the 2018-19 season and has an average annual value of $5.3 million. The 23-year-old posted career highs in goals (five) and assists (29) during his 2016-17 season, and he also led the Hurricanes with 161 blocked shots and 23:26 of average ice time.
Slavin recorded two assists and a plus-2 rating through 25:16 of ice time during Monday's overtime loss to Detroit. While there is a four-point game in the mix, Slavin has turned up his fantasy production with three goals, 11 assists, 31 blocked shots and a plus-11 rating through his past 16 games. Expecting the rearguard to maintain that offensive pace is ill-advised, but Slavin's a player on the rise going forward. There is potential for another step forward next year, which would make him a serviceable asset in most fantasy settings.
Slavin set up two goals in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Predators. Slavin has been on fire in the last 11 games -- he has three goals and eight assists, including a big four-point game that included a hattie against the Isles on March 13. Slavin is already the best Canes defender and his game is only going to get better.
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