Little's new deal will carry an average annual value of $5.29 million -- just $300,000 less per year than captain Blake Wheeler. The 29-year-old is coming off his fourth straight 40-plus-point campaign and should anchor the middle of the Jets' second line. Selected 12th overall in the 2006 NHL Draft, the Edmonton native saw a dip in ice time last year (17:33 per game), but he still averaged more than two minutes on the power play, where he notched six goals and six helpers. While Little might be outside the elite tier of forwards, he certainly can return fantasy value, especially as he continues to gel with linemate Patrik Laine.
Little scored a goal and dished out a trio of assists -- two of them on the power play -- in Thursday's 5-4 road win over the Blue Jackets.
After skidding into the end of March with six consecutive zeroes on the scoresheet and a minus-9 rating, Little's done a 180 in April, opening the month with three straight multi-point games. He's totaled a goal and seven assists in that span, and yet Little -- who's averaging well over 17 minutes of ice time per game -- hasn't played more than 15:26 in any of those three contests. Perhaps dialing back his role a bit has helped, but the real thing that would help Little from a fantasy perspective is avoiding injury. When he's in the lineup, he generally produces highly helpful statistics.
Little assisted on a pair of Patrik Laine goals in Tuesday's 5-2 victory over St. Louis.
Little has now registered back-to-back two-assist games. With just two contests remaining, it's all but certain that he'll fail to reach the 50-point mark for the second straight season -- both times thanks in large part to injury. While his production falls short of elite, the 29-year-old remains a highly relevant point producer in nearly all formats when healthy, especially if he continues to line up alongside Laine next season.
Little snapped a six-game pointless drought Saturday, racking up a pair of assists in a win over the Senators.
Little had gone quiet of late, but he got back on track Saturday, posting his ninth consecutive 20-plus assist season. The 29-year-old is skating on a line with Patrik Laine and could be worth inserting into your lineup during this final stretch. The Jets may be out of playoff contention, but Little is a solid sniper who will look to build on this slump-busting performance and finish the season on a high note.
Little scored a pair of goals -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's win over the Islanders.
His second straight multi-point effort, this performance also gave Little his fifth 20-goal season. The 29-year-old lost a big chunk of his season to injury, so this will be his third consecutive campaign of 70 or fewer games; in fact, he won't even reach 60, as he's played 48 and the Jets have only 11 contests left. That said, when he's been on the ice, Little's certainly been a credible point producer.