Aaron Dell
Aaron Dell
30-Year-Old GoalieG
San Jose Sharks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Dell faltered in the 2018-19 campaign, as his 3.17 GAA and .886 save percentage through 20 starts and 25 total games kept him isolated from a top-60 ranking among NHL goaltenders. Still, the Alberta native managed a winning record (10-8-4) behind San Jose's plus-28 goal differential, and Dell will now take aim at a fourth straight season of cracking double-digit wins. Improving in shorthanded situations is critical if Martin Jones' understudy plans to right the ship. Last year, he permitted 17 goals on 84 shots for a dismal .798 save percentage when the Sharks were on the penalty kill, and Dell can ill-afford further regression now that he's entering a contract year. From a fantasy perspective, the respectable win totals keep Dell from falling off the map entirely, but he's a tough sell in season-long leagues due to the sparse workload and fading splits. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $3.8 million extension with the Sharks in February of 2018.
Earns first win of season
GSan Jose Sharks
October 10, 2019
Dell stopped 26 of 30 shots Thursday in a 5-4 win over Chicago.
Giving No. 1 goalie Martin Jones his second night off of the young season, Dell backstopped the Sharks to a road win. The 30-year-old has made 59 starts behind Jones over the last three seasons and would be a waiver wire name to add should Jones ever go down with an injury.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Dell was pretty solid as Martin Jones' backup last campaign, compiling a 15-5-4 record while posting a 2.64 GAA and a .914 save percentage in 29 appearances. The 29-year-old is a competent backup, but he's not going to push Jones for San Jose's starting job, and he'll be hard-pressed to surpass 30 appearances in 2018-19. Unless Jones sustains a long-term injury, Dell's fantasy value will be limited to owners in need of a spot starter this season.
Only a handful of backup goalies can entice fantasy owners like the 28-year-old from Alberta. Coming off a rookie season operating as the understudy to Martin Jones, Dell crafted an 11-6-1 record along with robust peripherals (2.00 GAA, .931 save percentage) over 17 starts and 20 games in all. It didn't take long for daily players to meticulously track his scheduled starts, using the low-priced goaltender as a building block for lineups otherwise stacked with elite-level skaters. As a true testament to his perseverance, Dell kept Lithuanian prospect Mantas Armalis -- now an unrestricted free agent -- off the NHL's ice for the entire campaign. Consider handcuffing Dell to Jones in season-long leagues and lock him up in DFS when the matchups are juicy.
All signs point to Dell competing with Mantas Armalis for the backup goalie gig in San Jose this upcoming season. While Armalis is the bigger puck plugger, it's Dell who should have the upper hand while playing second fiddle to Martin Jones since he's the one experienced with minor-league affiliate AHL San Jose. With the Baby Sharks, he's fashioned a 32-24-8 record, 0.924 save percentage, and 2.24 save mark averaged out over the past two seasons. Health permitting, starting backstop Martin Jones should grab over 60 starts which leaves Dell as little more than handcuff in the fantasy realm.
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Starting in Chicago
GSan Jose Sharks
October 9, 2019
Dell will defend the blue paint in Thursday's road matchup with the Blackhawks, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
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No luck in first start
GSan Jose Sharks
October 5, 2019
Dell allowed three goals on 33 shots in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Ducks.
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Making first start of season
GSan Jose Sharks
October 5, 2019
Dell will start Saturday's game in Anaheim, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
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Gives up goal in relief
GSan Jose Sharks
October 4, 2019
Dell played one period in relief of Martin Jones on Friday, allowing one goal on six shots in a 5-1 loss to the Golden Knights.
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Tending twine Tuesday
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September 16, 2019
Dell will defend the cage in Tuesday's preseason matchup with Anaheim, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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