Blacker

 

 

Jesse Blacker, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-1

Weight: 190

Born: 1991-04-19

Hometown: Toronto, ON

Drafted: 58th overall in 2009 by the Maple Leafs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

November, 2013 - The Anaheim Ducks have acquired Jesse Blacker and two draft picks for Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz. The Ducks seemed to be dealing from a position of strength as they have a glut of young forwards in their system, and with a few of them returning soon Holland was the odd man out. Jesse Blacker is an offensive defenceman who has struggled since transitioning to the AHL with 29 points in 130 games over the past two seasons. Perhaps a change of scenery will do well for Blacker who came from a Maple Leaf organization with a deep defensive system and not much opportunity. -Kevin Won

 

 

September 2013 – Last season was semi-forgettable for Blacker, on one hand he did receive a pair of recalls to the big club, but on the other his role was undefined and he showed little drive in his game. In his transition from junior to pro his production dropped 70% yet his aggressive play was still noticeable, his sophomore season saw his production drop over 35% and his edginess all but disappear. Toronto management still speaks highly of him to the fans of the organization, but there seems to be little substance to his play. In his final season of his entry level contract, Blacker will need to show a large season of growth otherwise the team may cut ties with the former second round pick. Fantasy managers should not be holding or even watching Blacker at this time. Jason Banks

 

December 2012 – Blacker is having a growing year behind a wealth of veteran players. He has been inconsistent in the third pairing slot but has also been a frequent scratch with the team carrying 8 defensemen. His offensive role is nonexistent with Jake Gardiner, Mike Koska and Paul Ranger eating most of the meaningful power play minutes. Jason Banks

 

May, 2012 – After four seasons in the OHL, Jesse Blacker played his first year in pro hockey with the Toronto Marlies this season. Blacker is a very calm and poised defenseman with very good positioning. He’s also a great skater who loves to move the puck up the ice. He isn’t overly physical as he focuses on smart defense more than he does on the big hit. He has learned a lot under Marlies Coach Dallas Eakins and may be ready for NHL action next season, at least as a call-up. -Justin Shemie

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: C-

Potential to be a top four defenseman who can play in many different situations.

 

Footage: Blacker steals the puck, skates it all the way up, then snipes it.

 

 

 

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