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Fantasy Summary

Very smart offensive defenseman, and can find open players with ease. He does not shoot enough though and he is under-sized for a defenseman. Needs to add strength


Observations

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September 2022 – Nardella finished the 2021-22 campaign third on Hershey defensemen in points, second in points per game, and played 18 games less than both defensemen who outscored him. The good news for him on the Capitals roster is that he is on the one-way second year of his two-year contract. It may give him a leg up on the competition for the third pairing, but he is in competition with TVR and Erik Gustafsson, while Matt Irwin has the #7 defenseman spot locked in. Gustafsson should be beatable but he is also more of an NHL vet (and two to three inches taller) so that will give him a leg up in the eyes of Laviolette. Nardella has all the offense tools to make the NHL it is his size and possible rookie mistakes on defense that can hold him back in Washington. Pat Quinn

 

January 2022 – Nardella came back in November and stormed out of the gate with his play. His numbers do not reflect his overall play with 11 points in 20 games, which is still good but not up to his usual levels he has previously showed. Coming back from injury can result in a few walls being hit and around late December his play was not as electric. Hopefully, he can get a call up late in the season as his play since 2019 deserves one. Pat Quinn

 

October 2021 – After off season shoulder surgery Nardella still has not dressed for a game in the AHL. When he comes back he should be in charge of running the Bears’ powerplay and depending on his play, and the NHL player injured, he may see an NHL game or two later in the season. Pat Quinn

 

September 2021 – Nardella had shoulder surgery in the off season and hopes to be back in time to make the start of training camp. Pat Quinn

 

May 2021 – The Capitals let Nardella stay in the SHL and finish out the season instead of bringing him back to Hershey. All he did for Djurgårdens IF is lead the team in scoring to finish the season with 33 points in 47 games. He had five more points than the second leading scorer, and had seven more assists than the next highest player on the team. Nardella is a great offensive talent but his problem is that the Capitals have John Carlson signed for a long time, and Nardella is not the type of player who you put out there to keep a lead. Nardella has full boom/bust potential for fantasy owners, he could either become a 1PP quarterback or be seen as too much of a liability for NHL coaches keeping him overseas or in the AHL. Pat Quinn

 

January 2021 – The Capitals have elected to let Nardella stay in Sweden for the remainder of the SHL season for Djurgårdens IF, he currently leads the team in points.  Pat Quinn

 

March 2020 – Nardella was the Bears’ powerplay quarterback for a majority of the season, especially when Djoos was called up to the NHL and subsequently moved at the NHL deadline. Injured for the first month of the season Nardella came back in to the Bears’ line up and injected life in to the teams powerplay. Nardella posted 31 points in 41 games and only went without a point in three or more games once. It was very impressive for a first year player out of the NCAA. The only things going against Nardella are his reluctance to shoot and that he is a tiny defenseman. He can play in the ATL but he really needs to add more size to his frame in order to play in the corners in the NHL. Nardella is smart enough to evade hits but there are times when you cannot. A huge bonus for Nardella is that he thinks the game extremely well and can make crisp and easy outlet passes, find the open man in the offensive zone, and skate the puck out of trouble. He is one to watch but he is still behind Fehervary and Alexeyev, and he is signed until the 2020-2021 season ends. Pat Quinn

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 22, 1996
Height 5‘9”
Weight 174 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Team Illinois 13U AAAT1EHL 13U31 2 1618 16|        
 2010-2011 Chicago Mission 14U AAAT1EHL 14U31 1 1516 12|        
 2011-2012 Chicago Mission 16U AAAHPHL 16U29 5 1217 16|        
 2012-2013 Chicago Mission 16U AAAHPHL 16U7 1 34 0|        
 2013-2014 Sioux City MusketeersUSHL52 1 1213 14|Playoffs6 1 12
  USA U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 0 11 4|        
 2014-2015 Tri-City StormUSHL56 10