Fredrik Claesson

Unrestricted Free Agent
Photo courtesy of NHL.com

Fantasy Summary

A complementary defender that won’t provide a whole lot of offense.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 3.0
NHL Certainty 3.5
Country SWE
Position D
Roster Type Free Agent
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 24, 1992
Height 6‘0”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted 2011 Round 5; Overall: 126

Observations

June 2019 – Bigras did not get a qualifying offer from the Rangers which means he becomes an unrestricted free agent.  Jokke Nevalainen

July 2018 – The New York Rangers have signed Claesson to a one-year contract.  Jokke Nevalainen

June 2017 – Claesson looks to have taken the next step in 2016-17 and put the AHL behind him for good suiting up for 33 regular season games with unexpectedly impressive offensive results to the tune of three goals and eight assists. Initially being used relatively sparingly through the first 25 games playing about 10-12 minutes per game, Claesson saw a big uptick in ice time in the final eight games playing closer to 20 minutes a night. In the playoffs he drew into 14 of the teams 19 playoff games chipping in three assists and proving he can more than hold his own on the biggest stage in a high pressure situation. With the Senators likely to lose a defenseman to Vegas in the expansion draft, maybe even Claesson himself, he’s likely in line for full-time NHL duty come the fall. Brad Phillips

October 2016 – Claesson has been placed on waivers for the purpose of assigning him to the AHL. He’s proven to be a capable minor-league defenseman and has suited up for 16 career NHL games, finding the scoresheet twice with a pair of assists. At this point, though, his fantasy value is nil. Brad Phillips

March 2015 – Claesson is an NHL ready defenseman who should be next in line for the Senators if a player such as Patrick Wiercioch, Jared Cowen or Chris Phillips were to go down with an injury.  As a stable, stay at home defenseman, Claesson will not wow you with offensive ability but he is technically sound and does a good job moving the puck to more offensive teammates.  Although he does not shoot often, Claesson does have a decent shot and is capable of scoring goals from the point when his shot gets through. Most of his point numbers are going to come via assists, initiating the play from the defensive zone.  The main thing standing in the way of the Swedish defenseman becoming an NHL blueliner is the depth that the Senators have on the back-end.  His NHL future seems to be a second or third pairing defenseman who spends the majority of his time on the ice at even strength or on the penalty kill. Likely, Claesson will be paired with a more offensive partner and will be looked upon to be a rock defensively with the ability to make a good first pass out of the zone.  He is not an overly physical player, but does not shy away from contact and has dropped the gloves when warranted in the AHL.  In a fantasy sense, Claesson will chip in with the occasional assist, a good plus minus rating, some penalty minutes and decent hits and blocked shot numbers. Kevin LeBlanc


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 Hammarby IF J18 J18 Elit 15 1 2 3 29 |          
  Hammarby IF J20 J20 Elit - - - - - |          
  Hammarby IF Allsvenskan 2 0 0 0 2 |          
  Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 5 0 4 4 0 |          
 2008-2009 Stockholm TV-Pucken 8 3 3 6 0 |          
  Djurgårdens IF J18 J18 Elit 18 8 6 14 2 |          
  Djurgårdens IF J18 J18 Allsvenskan 10 1 2 3 2 |          
  Djurgårdens IF J20 SuperElit 7 0 0 0 0 |          
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 6 0 1 1 2 |          
 2009-2010 Djurgårdens IF J18 J18 Allsvenskan 3 1 1 2 0 | Playoffs 5 0 3 3
  Djurgårdens IF J20 SuperElit 22 0 4 4 18 |          
  Sweden U18 WJC-18 6 0 1 1 0 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 12 1 1 2 4 |          
 2010-2011 Djurgårdens IF J20 SuperElit 18 2 3 5 6 | Playoffs 5 0 1 1
  Djurgårdens IF SHL 35 2 0 2 6 | Playoffs 7 0 1 1
  Djurgårdens IF ET 5 0 1 1 25 |          
  Sweden U19 (all) International-Jr 7 0 1 1 29 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 3 0 0 0 2 |          
 2011-2012 Djurgårdens IF J20 SuperElit 1 0 0 0 2 |          
  Djurgårdens IF SHL 47 1 6 7 8 | Kvalserien SHL 10 1 1 2
  Djurgårdens IF ET 5 1 0 1 0 |          
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 6 0 0 0 0 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 14 1 0 1 27 |          
 2012-2013 Binghamton Senators AHL 70 3 8 11 51 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
 2013-2014 Binghamton Senators AHL 75 3 26 29 39 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
 2014-2015 Binghamton Senators AHL 76 4 15 19 42 |          
 2015-2016 Ottawa Senators NHL 16 0 2 2 2 |          
  Binghamton Senators AHL 55 3 7 10 50 |          
 2016-2017 Ottawa Senators NHL 33 3 8 11 4 | Playoffs 14 0 3 3
  Binghamton Senators AHL 9 0 1 1 2 |          
 2017-2018 Ottawa Senators NHL 64 1 6 7 35 |          
 2018-2019 New York Rangers NHL 37 2 4 6 9 |          

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