Martin Kaut

Colorado Avalanche
image courtesy of Les Despiteurs

Fantasy Summary

All-around scoring winger with middle-six upside


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country CZE
Position RW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth October 2, 1999
Height 6‘2”
Weight 176 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 16

Observations

March 2020 – Now 6 games into his call-up to the Avs, Kaut has tallied two goals and an assist despite averaging just over 10 minutes per night. His SOG and hit totals (9 and 7, respectively) give him not-bad peripheral counters, but his instincts and ability to read plays indicate that he belongs in the NHL. Hayden Soboleski

 

February 2020 – Kaut stepped up his scoring game for a streak of 7 points in 8 AHL games, and earned himself a call-up to the Avs just as they got desperate for secondary scoring help. In two games played he has spent the majority of his time on the 4th line and looked very competent doing so. He is clearly strong enough and fast enough for the bottom-six, and his pacing is good enough to remain in the right spots most of the time. Is some line-mixing action he got bumped up to the third line, where he tallied his first point – an assist derived from a good forecheck and disruption leading to ta turnover. He is unlikely to remain for the remainder of the year once injuries return and rumored trade targets get acquired, but his good play in limited ice time are an excellent sign that he will be competing for a full-time spot in the fall. Hayden Soboleski

 

January 2020 – Kaut missed just over a month of playing time due to his upper-body injury, but has come back with 4 points in 8 games, a better pace than he had earlier in the campaign. Still, he isn’t impacting the game (on the score sheet or otherwise) to the level than a first-round pick is expected to, and he is going to require more patience before becoming fantasy-relevant at the NHL level. He is no longer trending down, but has not yet started recovering value. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2019 – A bad start got worse. Kaut has missed several games with an upper body injury and there is no timetable for his return. Hayden Soboleski

 

October 2019 – Kaut has yet to record a point in 5 AHL contests, and the drought is leading to obvious frustration. He’s not far from last season’s PIM total already, and as much as team’s love an edge in players’ games, Kaut should not be fighting and risking injury. After a promising training camp he needs to prove that he can up his game and be a game-changer. Based on the team’s culture of earning opportunities, don’t expect him to see a call-up until he’s out of his rut. Hayden Soboleski

 

September 2019 – Kaut came to training camp intending to make an impact, and his hard work impressed fans and coaches. He looked more confident than ever, forechecking hard and finding space for himself in the offensive zone. He has been assigned to the AHL for the time being, but if he plays this well for an extended period its easy to imagine him getting NHL opportunities throughout the year and ready to go full-time in 2020-21. Hayden Soboleski

 

March 2018 – Kaut’s 2018-19 season has been underwhelming, but not poor. His 4 points in 5 games at the WJC tied for the team-lead but these came mostly on the powerplay. His 23 points (11G, 12A, 116 SOG) in 59 AHL contests so far aren’t bad for a rookie, but need to improve for a goal-scorer of his caliber. One reason for his lower-than-expected SOG totals is his tendency to miss the net often, this is certainly an area for improvement. Still, he gets his chances from the right areas, he skates well and is smart in the offensive zone, and should remain in your reserves in dynasty leagues. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2018 – Barring injury, Kaut will be playing for the Czechs in the upcoming WJC. This will be an excellent chance for him to be leaned on as one of the team’s top scorers. Hayden Soboleski

November 2018 – Kaut took his assignment to the AHL in stride, and it was clearly the right move as he continues to adjust to North America. His 11 points in 19 games so far is by no means disappointing, but he has room to grow as his shot rate (just under 2 SOG/game) needs to jump and he needs to become a converter on the PP if he hopes to be an NHL scorer. The brains are there and he looks physically ready for pro, the scoring touch just needs to catch up. Hayden Soboleski

 

September 2018 – After surviving a few rounds of cuts in training camp, Kaut has finally been assigned to the AHL to begin the 2018-19 season. He looked very close to NHL-ready, with pro stature and decision-making. A little bit more of a killer instinct and he’ll be making a real push for a top spot next year. The AHL route worked perfectly for Rantanen, so we can only hope Kaut develops similarly. Hayden Soboleski

 

June 2018 – The Avalanche have selected Kaut with their 1st-round pick of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Finishing the year ranked as the 4th best European skater by Central Scouting, being selected 16th overall was appropriate and a perfect fit for one of Colorado’s greatest depth chart needs – skilled forwards. Kaut showed modest production in the Czech league, especially as his responsibility and TOI increased, but really burst onto the scene at the WJC where he scored 7 points in 7 games. He competes hard and is competent in all three zones. 

 

The biggest question mark around Kaut is the surgery he underwent after the draft combine, where a minor heart-rate condition was identified. He is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp. 

Hayden Soboleski


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Pirati Chomutov QC Int PW 2 0 1 1 2 |          
 2012-2013 Kraj Vysocina U15 MMCR 5 1 2 3 0 |          
 2013-2014 SKLH Zdar nad Sazavou U16 Czech U16 30 12 15 27 28 |          
  Kraj Vysocina U15 ODM 8 5 4 9 1 |          
 2014-2015 SKLH Zdar nad Sazavou U16 Czech U16 24 32 32 64 28 |          
  HC Dynamo Pardubice U16 Czech U16 7 5 5 10 4 | Playoffs 5 1 0 1
  HC Dynamo Pardubice U18 Czech U18 6 2 1 3 6 |          
  Czech Republic U16 (all) International-Jr 17 3 6 9 6 |          
 2015-2016 HC Dynamo Pardubice U18 Czech U18 13 6 13 19 12 | Playoffs 6 6 7 13 10 
  Czech Republic U17 WHC-17 5 1 1 2 4 |          
  Czech Republic U17 (all) International-Jr 18 11 15 26 16 |          
 2016-2017 HC Dynamo Pardubice Champions HL 4 0 1 1 0 |          
  HC Dynamo Pardubice U20 Czech U20 22 4 12 16 24 |          
  HC Dynamo Pardubice Czech 26 0 1 1 6 | Relegation 3 0 1 1
  HC Dynamo Pardubice Czech Q - - - - - | Qualification 3 0 2 2
  Czech Republic U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 1 3 4 6 |          
  Czech Republic U18 WJC-18 5 1 1 2 16 |          
  Czech Republic U18 (all) International-Jr 27 10 18 28 36 |          
 2017-2018 HC Dynamo Pardubice Czech 38 9 7 16 14 | Playoffs 7 3 2 5
  Czech Republic U19 (all) International-Jr 4 3 4 7 0 |          
  Czech Republic U20 WJC-20 7 2 5 7 6 |          
  Czech Republic U20 (all) International-Jr 19 5 11 16 10 |          
  Czech Republic EHT 5 0 1 1 4 |          
  Czech Republic (all) International 9 1 7 8 6 |          
 2018-2019 Colorado Eagles AHL 63 12 14 26 34 | Playoffs 4 2 0 2
  Czech Republic U20 WJC-20 5 3 1 4 14 |          
  Czech Republic U20 (all) International-Jr 8 3 3 6 8 |          
 2019-2020 Colorado Avalanche NHL 9 2 1 3 2 |          
  Colorado Eagles AHL 34 5 13 18 33 |          

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