Cirelli netted three goals and added an assist in 10 games for Team Canada's silver-medal squad at the recent IIHF World Championship. Cirelli continues to impress. He was one of the NHL's best penalty killers as a rookie last season and is poised to become a perennial Selke candidate. Cirelli has the talent to play up the lineup, but he'll be a stalwart as the Bolts' third-line pivot for the next couple seasons. His fantasy value will take a short-term hit because he just won't get power-play time. But Cirelli is an impressive young player who could surprise.
Cirelli collected an assist in Tuesday's 7-3 series loss to the Blue Jackets. The 21-year-old pivot marveled in his rookie campaign, as Cirelli crafted 19 goals and 39 total points to complement a plus-25 rating without missing a game in the regular season. His robust offensive total is especially impressive when you consider that he was heavily deployed on the penalty kill (2:43) and fell short of averaging 15 minutes of ice time per game. He's worth considering as a sleeper for the late rounds in fantasy drafts during the fall.
Cirelli scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 6-3 win over Boston. Nice season for the 21-year-old rookie. Cirelli averaged just under 15 minutes of ice time this season on a stacked Lightning team. He delivered 19 goals and 39 points, but remarkably notched five shorthanded goals. Cirelli is already an outstanding two-way player at a very young age. The scoring likely will only get better with each year, just like his fantasy value. Keep him in mind for dynasty drafts come 2019-20.
Cirelli scored a shorthanded goal and added a helper in Monday's 4-1 win over the Coyotes. The assist came first, as Cirelli set up Victor Hedman for the go-ahead goal early in the third period. Cirelli then added the first of two empty-netters to cap the victory that secured the Presidents' Trophy for the Lightning. Cirelli has 15 goals and 18 assists in 73 games this season, and has earned eight points in his last nine games. The 21-year-old plays as the third-line center and has made himself invaluable to the Lightning in that capacity, with enough point production to earn him fantasy attention in deeper formats.
Cirelli had an even-strength assist in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Senators. The 21-year-old notched his second consecutive game with a point, and now has six points in his last 10 games. Even though Cirelli has averaged just 20 seconds of power-play time this campaign, he still has a respectable 27 points in 66 games. The Canadian could continue to be a solid fantasy asset for years to come.
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