Casey DeSmith
Casey DeSmith
29-Year-Old GoalieG
Pittsburgh Penguins
Out
Injury Groin
Est. Return 9/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Heading into the 2019-20 campaign, DeSmith was originally expected to be the No. 2 option behind Matt Murray while the team was openly shopping Tristan Jarry. A lot has changed since then, as Jarry will now be the guy in Pittsburgh while DeSmith will jump up from the AHL to take the backup role after not getting into a single NHL game last year. With the prospect of a condensed schedule, coach Mike Sullivan could deploy his netminders in a 60/40 split, but there's no doubt that Jarry will be the No. 1, limiting DeSmith's fantasy value to managers looking to deploy a tandem. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $3.75 million contract extension with the Penguins in January of 2019.
Undergoes surgery
GPittsburgh Penguins
Groin
June 10, 2021
DeSmith had surgery Thursday to repair a bilateral core muscle injury and is facing a 6-8 week recovery.
ANALYSIS
DeSmith missed the entire postseason for the Penguins due to his groin injury, which forced the team to utilize a struggling Tristan Jarry. The 29-year-old DeSmith is entering the final season of a three-year contract signed with the club in January of 2019. Based on the 6-8 week recovery timeline, DeSmith should be cleared in time for the start of the 2021-22 campaign.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
DeSmith was able to secure Pittsburgh's backup job during training camp ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. The 27-year-old went on to appear in 36 games, compiling a 15-11-5 record while posting a 2.75 GAA and three shutouts. While the Penguins still have Tristan Jarry in their system, the spot on the 23-man roster behind Matt Murray is firmly in DeSmith's hands. Considering Murray's injury woes, it wouldn't be surprising to see DeSmith log another 30-to-35 games with a strong Pens club this season, giving him the potential to be a decent streaming/No. 3 option in most fantasy formats.
Heading into training camp, DeSmith figures to be slightly behind Tristan Jarry in the battle for the No. 2 job in Pittsburgh -- if only because the organization used a high pick (44th overall) on Jarry. The competition to serve as Matt Murray's backup should be considered wide open and a decision for the Opening Night roster spot likely won't be made until well into September. Even if DeSmith were to find himself in the minors to start the season, both players are on two-way deals and a flip could be made at any point during the year. Considering how often Murray deals with injuries, the 26-year-old could see some time between the pipes in the NHL this year -- how much won't become clear for awhile.
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Injury clarified as groin problem
GPittsburgh Penguins
Groin
May 28, 2021
DeSmith -- who missed the entire opening-round series -- was dealing with a groin issue according to coach Mike Sullivan, who told reporters, "Casey was dealing with a soft tissue groin injury, which is not an easy injury from a goaltending standpoint. That's why he was unavailable for the playoffs."
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Ruled out for Game 6
GPittsburgh Penguins
Lower Body
May 25, 2021
DeSmith (lower body) won't be an option for Game 6 against the Islanders on Wednesday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
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Remains shelved Monday
GPittsburgh Penguins
Lower Body
May 24, 2021
DeSmith (lower body) won't return to the lineup for Game 5 against the Islanders on Monday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
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Won't make trip with team
GPittsburgh Penguins
Lower Body
May 19, 2021
DeSmith (lower body) won't travel with Pittsburgh for Games 3 and 4 versus the Islanders on Thursday and Saturday, respectively, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
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Ruled out for Game 2
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Lower Body
May 18, 2021
DeSmith (lower body) won't be in the lineup against the Islanders for Game 2 on Tuesday, Pens Inside Scoop reports.
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