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51 Jake Gardiner D
Height/Weight: 6-2/184 | Birthdate: 7/4/1990 | Birthplace: Deephaven, MN, USA | Team: Toronto Maple Leafs | College: Wisconsin | NHL Experience: 3 | Salary: $875,000 | Owned/Started%: 62/39 | Average Draft Position: 159.06
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7/29/2014

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR

Jake Gardiner

Leafs, Gardiner Ink Five-Year Pact

News: Jake Gardiner signed a five-year, $20.25 million contract extension with the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, Chris Johnston of Rogers Sportsnet reports.
Analysis: Jake Gardiner, 24, asserted himself as a long-term building block for the Leafs on defense last season with his second 30-point campaign, contributing 10 goals, 21 assists, 108 hits and 87 blocks over 80 games. With Carl Gunnarsson shipped to St. Louis in the offseason, Gardiner appears poised to claim a spot next to Dion Phaneuf on the team's top defensive pairing, though fellow ascendant youngster Morgan Rielly will provide some heat.

7/29/2014

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Jake Gardiner

Gardiner, Leafs Closing In On New Contract

News: Jake Gardiner and the Leafs are closing in on a long-term contract extension for the defender, reports Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV.
Analysis: Jake Gardiner is one of the Leafs' best young defenders. The guy can skate like the wind and jump into the play in the offensive zone like few can. He will be a fantasy force if he can harness his many talents and tools.

6/28/2014

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Jake Gardiner

Gardiner To Get Shot In Leafs' Top Defense Pair?

News: Leafs general manager Dave Nonis says he wants either Jake Gardiner or Morgan Rielly to take Carl Gunnarson's spot on the top defense pairing, reports Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun.
Analysis: Geez -- neither guy is really ready for that job just yet and Jake Gardiner is coming off a season where he he started slowly and prone to several brain burps. Training camp will be interesting indeed, but if he wins the gig, his fantasy value will go up ... perhaps inappropriately. The increased pressure may lower his fantasy output. Watch and wait.

4/10/2014

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR Leafs' Gardiner: Nine Assists In Last Nine Games

Jake Gardiner

Leafs' Gardiner: Nine Assists In Last Nine Games

News: Jake Gardiner picked up two assists in Thursday's loss to the Panthers. He has nine points -- all assists -- in his last nine games.
Analysis: Is it a little too late? He finally grew into his game late last season, but at times this year, he struggled to re-find that magic. Jake Gardiner now has 31 points on the season.

3/29/2014

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR Leafs' Gardiner: Four-Game, Six-Assist Streak

Jake Gardiner

Leafs' Gardiner: Four-Game, Six-Assist Streak

News: Jake Gardiner picked up two assists Saturday in a loss to Detroit. His current point streak now stands at four games and six assists, and he has been held off the scoresheet just once in his last seven games (eight points).
Analysis: He actually has 10 points, including four goals, in his last 10 games. And despite some defensive lapses, he has a plus-2 rating in those 10 games. He's now just two points from equalling his career mark of 30 points set in 2011-12.

3/28/2014

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR Leafs' Gardiner Riding Small Streak

Jake Gardiner

Leafs' Gardiner Riding Small Streak

News: Jake Gardiner's assist in Friday's 4-2 loss to Philadelphia gives him a three-game point streak, with four helpers coming in the last three contests.
Analysis: Jake Gardiner has quietly been solid over the last two weeks with five points in five games. His numbers as a whole on the season are down, but he certainly has the talent to produce. He just doesn't do it nearly enough as the Leafs would like him to.

3/25/2014

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR Toronto's Gardiner: Two More Assists

Jake Gardiner

Toronto's Gardiner: Two More Assists

News: Jake Gardiner's two assists Tuesday night against St. Louis give him eight points, including five goals, in his last nine games.
Analysis: He has five points in his last five games and is starting to look, at least offensively, like the player he was at the end of last season and in the playoffs. Take advantage of this outburst. You'll still swallow hard when watching him in his own zone, but that only matters to Leafs fans, not fantasy owners.

3/19/2014

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR Leafs' Gardiner: Fifth Goal In Last Seven Games

Jake Gardiner

Leafs' Gardiner: Fifth Goal In Last Seven Games

News: Jake Gardiner's hot hand continued Wednesday when he snagged his 10th goal of the season in a loss to the Lightning. He has five goals in his last seven games.
Analysis: Where have you been all season, young man? He finally looks to be getting comfortable and remember -- it took to almost the end of last season for the same to happen. He can be frustrating in his own zone, but none of that matters to fantasy owners. He should be active right now -- take advantage of him!

3/18/2014

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR Leafs' Gardiner: Four Goals In Last Six Games

Jake Gardiner

Leafs' Gardiner: Four Goals In Last Six Games

News: Jake Gardiner notched his ninth goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Red Wings. It came on the power play.
Analysis: Remarkably, four of those 10 goals have come in his last six games. He is talented, yet inconsistent. Roll the dice.

3/11/2014

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Jake Gardiner

Gardiner Represents Leafs' Offense Tuesday

News: Jake Gardiner scored both Toronto goals -- one shorthanded -- in Tuesday's 6-2 shellacking at the hands (or maybe teeth?) of the Sharks.
Analysis: He's suddenly ripped off three goals on six shots over his last three games after enduring a 12-game scoreless slump. The 23-year-old Jake Gardiner possesses legitimate offensive upside, but after a quiet season this year, he'll likely come at an enticing value in next year's drafts.

3/8/2014

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR Leafs' Gardiner: First Point In 13 Games

Jake Gardiner

Leafs' Gardiner: First Point In 13 Games

News: Jake Gardiner picked up his first point in 13 games when he scored a goal in Saturday's OT win over the Flyers. He has 18 points in 63 games this season.
Analysis: His game has been slow to develop, but that's OK as long as there's progress being made. And we think there is, despite the brain farts that sometimes escape out his ears. He got lucky in OT when he made a poor decision to pinch and that left an odd-man rush the other way. His name is mentioned all the time in trade scenarios, but we have no idea if that's real or contrived. This season, he's a marginal activation in deep formats -- the points just come too far apart to make him playable on a consistent basis.

2/19/2014

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR Leafs' Gardiner In Slump

Jake Gardiner

Leafs' Gardiner In Slump

News: Jake Gardiner has five goals and 12 assists in 58 games through the Olympic break.
Analysis: The blueliner was held scoreless in the eight games leading up to the break, so he'll look to turn things around when the Leafs' season resumes on Feb. 27 against the Islanders. He should continue to be paired with Cody Franson most nights.

1/20/2014

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Jake Gardiner

Maple Leafs' Gardiner Notches Two Points

News: Jake Gardiner scored a goal and added an assist versus the Coyotes on Monday.
Analysis: This gives Jake Gardiner four goals and 16 points. He has skill, but has also been a healthy scratch at times this season, so he's not exactly established.

1/9/2014

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR

Jake Gardiner

Leafs' Gardiner Healthy Scratched

News: Jake Gardiner will be a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Hurricanes, Jonas Siegel of TSN 1050 reports.
Analysis: Jake Gardiner will watch from the press box as a healthy scratch for the second time this season. Carl Gunnarsson will take Gardiner's place in the lineup as he returns from an elbow injury.

12/27/2013

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR

Jake Gardiner

Leafs' Gardiner Gets First Goal In 10 Games

News: Jake Gardiner picked up a goal in Friday's shootout win over Buffalo. It's his first goal in 10 games.
Analysis: He showed off the best and worst of his game in Friday's effort. He jumped into rushes (at times), but also made some incredibly stupid plays ... like four giveaways on the same shift in the first period. He's talented, but he also makes you pull your hair out, too. And his inconsistency makes him a difficult fantasy roll, at least for now.

12/11/2013

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR Leafs' Gardiner: Four-Game Point Streak

Jake Gardiner

Leafs' Gardiner: Four-Game Point Streak

News: Jake Gardiner stretched his point streak to four games and four points (one goal, three assists) with a power-play assist in Wednesday's loss to Los Angeles. He played more than 26 minutes.
Analysis: The ice time is the impressive piece for us, simply because he has struggled this season to earn the trust of coach Randy Carlyle. And sure, his time was up because Dion Phaneuf was out because of a suspension, but his coach could have rolled someone else. His stock appears to be rising.

12/8/2013

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR Leafs' Gardiner On Modest Three-Game Streak

Jake Gardiner

Leafs' Gardiner On Modest Three-Game Streak

News: Jake Gardiner's assist Sunday extended his current point streak to three games and three points (one goal, two assists).
Analysis: He's also plus-4 in that stretch which is a good sign for the defender who has occasional lapses in attention. His game appears to be picking up. Take advantage.

12/7/2013

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Jake Gardiner

Leafs' Gardiner Gets First Goal Since 2012

News: Jake Gardiner scored his first goal of the season and first since April 5, 2012 in Saturday's shootout win over Ottawa.
Analysis: It's nice to get that monkey off his back. He now has a point in each of his last two games and it will be nice to see if he can sustain some offense in the next couple weeks.

11/29/2013

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Jake Gardiner

Leafs Insert Gardiner Back In Lineup

News: Jake Gardiner, who has been a recent healthy scratch, will slot back into the lineup against Buffalo on Friday night, according to TSN.
Analysis: And this again ignites the trade rumors for the young defender who has struggled this season. He plays a very loose game and that doesn't seem to sit well with coach Randy Carlyle. But Jake Gardiner was outstanding last year in the postseason, so it's clear he has it in him to make the adjustments. Unfortunately, he should be stapled to your bench until he makes those adjustments -- his game is far too unstable right now to be a fantasy help.

10/30/2013

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR Leafs' Gardiner Snaps Seven-Game Slump

Jake Gardiner

Leafs' Gardiner Snaps Seven-Game Slump

News: Jake Gardiner snapped a seven-game scoring slump with an assist in Wednesday's win over the Flames.
Analysis: He still hasn't netted a goal this season. He's no longer the privileged young hotshot that he once was -- Leafs' coach Randy Carlyle isn't overly enamoured with his game. But that doesn't take away from his fantasy potential. He may just need a different uniform to see that potential fulfilled.

10/30/2013

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR Leafs' Gardiner: Lots Of Playing Time, But No Offense

Jake Gardiner

Leafs' Gardiner: Lots Of Playing Time, But No Offense

News: Jake Gardiner has gone seven games without a point.
Analysis: He's getting lots of ice time, but it's becoming clearer and clearer that new arrival Morgan Rielly sits in greater favor with coach Randy Carlyle than Jake Gardiner does. There was trade speculation around Gardiner earlier this month, but that was quickly dismissed. But don't be suprised to see that come up again. He's talented, but may need yet another fresh start.

9/28/2013

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR

Jake Gardiner

Leafs' Gardiner Not Impressing Head Coach

News: Jake Gardiner hasn't impressed coach Randy Carlyle this preseason and when asked if Gardiner was back to playing like the player who was so strong in the playoffs last year, Carlyle was quick and emphatic in his response: "No. No, he's not. We haven't go too many more days [left]"
Analysis: In contrast, Jake Gardiner appears unaware of his coach's assessment. "Feeling pretty good," said Gardiner of his performance this preseason. "I think I've been limiting my turnovers and trying to still play offensive and join the play as much as I can." Fantasy owners can ill afford to have Gardiner get reduced ice time because of his poor performance (and lack of awareness). This player-coach disconnect bears watching.

5/10/2013

Jake Gardiner, D, TOR

Jake Gardiner

Gardiner Busy In Leafs Win

News: Jake Gardiner did not register a point in Friday's 2-1 Game 5 victory over Boston, but led all Toronto skaters in ice time, playing 24:05.
Analysis: Jake Gardiner was a healthy scratch for the first game of the series, but he's proven himself to be a needed player for the Leafs, giving them a fluid skater on the back end that can make an outlet pass when needed. Look for him to log similar minutes in Sunday's pivotal Game 6.

5/8/2013

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Jake Gardiner

Gardiner Gets Two Helpers For Leafs

News: Jake Gardiner picked up two assists in Wednesday's overtime loss to Boston.
Analysis: He still had four giveaways, but he also had three blocked shots and three hits, too. The giveaways are a by-product of his risk-taking approach, so you get the good and the bad with the guy. Thankfully, most fantasy leagues don't count giveaways.

5/6/2013

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Jake Gardiner

Leafs' Gardiner Nets Power-Play Goal

News: Jake Gardiner scored a power-play goal in Monday's Game 3, 5-2 loss to Boston.
Analysis: Goal or not, he could end up in the press box next game after giving the puck away four times in the game.