Matt Grzelcyk

Boston Bruins
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Fantasy Summary

Grzelcyk is a mobile defenseman that can quarterback a power play and is strong exiting his own zone.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 5, 1994
Height 5‘9”
Weight 174 lbs
Drafted 2012 Round 3; Overall: 85

Observations

February 2019 – Grzelcyk’s usage has varied wildly this season, seeing as low as 13:48 of ice time and as high as 25:27. While this variance is primarily a result of the Bruins’ injuries earlier this year, it is important to note that Grzelcyk has successfully proven that he can fill in wherever needed, and that he belongs in the lineup even when it is at full health. For fantasy purposes, hopefully the improved consistency in the Bruins’ defensive pairings will allow him to continue his development as an offensive player. Chris Mazza

 

December 2018 – Despite seeing an average ice time of over 20 minutes each game (a near four-minute increase from last season), Grzelcyk has just managed to keep pace with his scoring output from last year. He is currently on track to finish the year with 22 points, which would be disappointing considering his role as a power play quarterback and pedigree as an offensive defenseman. He is presently mired in a major drought with just one point over his last 19 games, but his role on the man advantage and steady ice time, combined with a Bruins team that continues to recover from major player injuries should offer the young defenseman plenty of opportunities to get back on track. Chris Mazza

October 2018 – After making the Bruins to start the year, Grzelcyk’s goal this season will be to prove that he not only belongs on an NHL roster, but that he can make a meaningful impact on the game as a top-four defenseman. The former third-round pick played in 61 NHL games last season and is being given more opportunities in all situations this year. With current injuries to both Torey Krug and Charlie McAvoy, Grzelcyk is quarterbacking the first power play unit and is valuable as both a keeper league player and in daily fantasy formats for the time being. Chris Mazza

March 2018 – After starting the season in Providence, injuries gave way for Grzelcyk’s call up. Since joining the Boston Bruins this season he has proven to be a reliable defender in his own end and is beginning to show flashes of the offence that has Bruins coaches comparing him to Torey Krug. He’s currently on the third pairing, not always having the same partner, and his offensive output will increase with ice time. Statistics are also in Grzelcyck’s favor because the Bruins not only possess the puck more when he’s on the ice, they also possess it more in the offensive zone. His foot is in the door, and his production is increasing, hold on to Matt if you have him on your team. Sid Osmond  

September 2017 – When the Bruins’ head office compares you to Torey Krug, you’re doing something right. That’s exactly the case for Grzelcyk, who appears to be on the right trajectory for an NHL appearance in the near future. He is a small defender at only 5-9 but is offensively gifted and has a strong first pass. Though small, Grzelcyk is not afraid to defend but will have to prove that he’s got the strength to not get pushed around before making the jump to the NHL. Mike Drover

September 2016 – The Bruins signed Matt Grzelcyk to a two-year entry-level deal back in April. Grzelcyk was fantastic in his last years with Boston University and seems to have taken yet another step forward this preseason. Grzelcyk projects as a puck moving defenceman but doesn’t have good size for a defender. Grzelcyk’s durability in a tough position will be tested this year if he sees time with the Bruins. Despite this, Grzelcyk is a favourite to make the big club going into 2016-2017. Mike Drover

January 2014 – Grzelcyk was solid at this year’s World Junior Championships. He led all defensemen in scoring with six points (including two goals) in five games in Malmo. He was also chosen one of USA’s top three players in a coach’s poll and best player in USA’s 6-3 victory over Slovakia. Michael Boeckler

December 2013 – Although Grzelcyk was the final cut to USA’s junior team last season, he’s expected to play a leadership role on this year’s squad. He’s having a solid yet unspectacular year with Boston University with eight points in 17 games. The 19-year-old has a similar size and skill set as Torey Krug, and may crack the Bruins lineup in two to three years. Grzelcyk was named as an alternate captain for the 2014 USA World Junior team and should play a large offensive role from the blue line so now would be a great time to acquire this budding prospect before the WJC hype sets in. Michael Boeckler

March 2013 – Grzelcyk, who just turned 19 in January, is a small but highly mobile and offensive defenseman.  He can QB a power-play with sharp distribution skills. Currently playing in the NCAA with the University of Boston, he was a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award (Best New England born player). He currently has 22 points in 35 games; a team high for D. He is also plus -11 for the year, third best on the team.  Proof of his work ethic: in December 2012 he was named Hockey East Rookie of the Month. Samuel Chretien


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Belmont Hill High USHS-Prep 31 2 18 20 30 |          
 2010-2011 USNTDP Juniors USHL 36 1 9 10 28 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 55 2 16 18 40 |          
  USA U17 WHC-17 5 1 5 6 2 |          
 2011-2012 USNTDP Juniors USHL 24 1 10 11 6 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 60 3 20 23 22 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 6 1 0 1 2 |          
 2012-2013 Boston Univ. NCAA 38 3 20 23 26 |          
 2013-2014 Boston Univ. NCAA 19 3 8 11 16 |          
  USA U20 WJC-20 5 2 4 6 2 |          
 2014-2015 Boston Univ. NCAA 41 10 28 38 36 |          
 2015-2016 Boston Univ. NCAA 27 10 13 23 36 |          
 2016-2017 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 2 |          
  Providence Bruins AHL 70 6 26 32 18 | Playoffs 17 0 3 3
 2017-2018 Boston Bruins NHL 61 3 12 15 22 | Playoffs 11 0 1 1
  Providence Bruins AHL 14 0 4 4 14 |          
 2018-2019 Boston Bruins NHL 51 1 13 14 56 |          

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