Michael Stone
Michael Stone
29-Year-Old DefensemanD
Calgary Flames
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Stone was limited to just 14 games in 2018-19 due to a blood clot that was discovered in his arm in late October. He was able to tally five assists in those contests, but there's no reason to believe he'll ever return to the form he displayed when totaling 36 points in 75 games with the Coyotes in 2015-16. The Flames ultimately decided to buy out the final year of the veteran's contract in August. Even if he's able to land a short-term deal with another club, he won't be a viable option in any fantasy format in 2019-20. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Flames in September of 2019.
Generates assist
DCalgary Flames
November 7, 2019
Stone recorded an assist, two shots on goal and four hits in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Devils.
With Oliver Kylington assigned to AHL Stockton, Stone got a turn in the lineup. He skated alongside T.J. Brodie, and the duo had the helpers on Derek Ryan's second-period goal. Stone has just two points in five games -- he's more defensive in nature and isn't likely to warrant fantasy attention even if he stays in the lineup for awhile.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
In his first full season with Calgary, Stone suited up for all 82 games -- a career first at the age of 27. Unfortunately, his offensive production didn't follow, as he bagged only three goals and 10 points. His game was marred by inconsistency and he set just 98 shots on net despite averaging 16:45 of ice time per game. On the bright side, Stone did block 158 shots while doling out 106 more hits, so if your league emphasizes those categories, perhaps he will be worthy of a bench spot in deep leagues.
After recording a career-high 36 points in 2015-16, Stone backtracked mightily last season, posting 15 points while appearing in just 64 games due to various injuries. While the Winnipeg native’s play improved when he was traded from Arizona to Calgary in February -- he recorded six points in the final 19 games after putting up a mere nine in 45 for the ‘Yotes -- it’s important to bear in mind that he took on a reduced role with the Flames, playing on the third defensive pairing. With no sign of a significant defensive shakeup in sight, it’s unlikely that Stone will be able to break into a regular top-four role unless one of the club’s premier blueliners suffers a major injury.
Stone suffered a knee injury to end his season early last year, but the blueliner still had a career campaign with six goals, 30 helpers, 62 PIM, 137 hits and 161 shots on goal. Aggressive and at times excelling on the top pair, the 26-year-old will likely resume play on the second unit with prominent power-play opportunities. The 2008 third-round pick saw 2:54 of average ice time on the man advantage and put up 14 assists, mainly next to up-and-coming star Oliver Ekman-Larsson. While his return from an ACL/MCL injury could make for a slow start, Stone is one of several young talents on Arizona prepared for a solid campaign. Make sure to keep tabs on his health coming into the season, as the blueliner could make for an excellent value grab.
Stone saw his goal production drop from eight in 2013-14 down to three last year, despite playing more than 20 minutes per game for the first time in his career and putting a personal-best 144 shots on net. With Keith Yandle gone to New York, Stone is likely to see more extensive power-play time, which along with a bounce back in shooting percentage, could be enough for him to raise his goal total back up this season. He also offers excellent production in the some of the secondary categories like hits and blocked shots, which should make him more valuable in leagues that include those statistics even if his scoring total doesn't pick up. Stone could be a sleeper this year, as his skills will intersect with greater opportunity on a Coyotes roster that's still in rebuild mode.
Stone elated everyone by scoring seven times before the end of November, but potted just one goal thereafter. In spite of his steep downturn, Stone’s 21 points and 105 shots over 70 games weren’t a bad showing in his second full season, during which he averaged over a minute on the power play. Stone should find himself among Arizona's top-four defensemen in 2014-15, but don’t let the memory of last season’s hot start outshine his projection. He’ll still offer plenty of value in deep leagues.
Stone won the favor of the coaching staff last season and played in 40 games after just 13 the year before. He tallied nine points, 89 hits and 64 blocked shots to go along with a plus-2 rating, and it isn't unreasonable to expect him to carve out at least a similar role next season.
Stone played in just 13 regular-season games for the Coyotes last year, but he was coach Dave Tippett's go-to choice during the postseason when the Coyotes found themselves thin on the blue line. Stone notched three points during his 13-game stint, but finished with an impressive plus-7 rating. If he doesn't stick on the roster after training camp this season, he'll almost assuredly will be with Phoenix throughout much of the season.
After scoring at nearly a point-per-game pace (69 games, 65 points) in the WHL, Stone saw his production drop dramatically in the AHL. The blueliner, who saw time in 70 games for the Rampage, tallied two goals and 11 assists with a minus-5 rating. What should have been an offseason where a strong training camp could have led to a potential roster berth has turned into what is almost assuredly another season in the AHL for Stone.
Stone might be the defenseman people know little about. In 2009-10 with the Hitmen he collected 65 points during the regular season; 21 of those points were goals and 15 of those goals were on the power play, which is one of the main reasons why Stone is getting a look. Even though he had success in the fishbowl of Calgary, the transition to junior level hockey to the NHL can quite steep. Therefore for 2010-11, Stone's destination will most likely be in San Antonio. He is already high on the depth chart for the Coyotes' prospects for defense, only behind Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Maxim Goncharov. The next step for him is staying there.
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Rare sight in lineup
DCalgary Flames
November 4, 2019
Stone has been a healthy scratch in six consecutive games.
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Scores equalizing goal
DCalgary Flames
October 20, 2019
Stone scored a goal on four shots and added three blocked shots in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Ducks.
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Not making many appearances
DCalgary Flames
October 14, 2019
Stone has skated in two of the Flames' six games this year.
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Returns to Flames on one-year deal
DCalgary Flames
September 11, 2019
Stone signed a one-year deal with the Flames on Wednesday.
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Waived for buyout
DFree Agent
August 1, 2019
Stone was put on waivers by the Flames on Thursday in order to buy out his contract, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
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