Tuesday, June 3, 2014

2013-14 Season In Review: Justin Fontaine

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The former UMD Bulldog, Justin Fontaine, made his Wild debut this season and managed to stay with the club for the entire year. Lets take a look back.


Minnesota (NHL): Regular Season-66 GP, 13 G, 8 A, 21 P, 26 PIM, 79 SOG
                             Playoffs-9 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 P, 2 PIM, 13 SOG


Fontaine was deemed a long shot to make the Wild roster out of training camp to open the season. Mike Yeo gave him that opportunity, and for the most part, he did not disappoint. Despite his low point total, Fontaine was actually one of the Wild's better goal scorers this year. Why that did not translate to better numbers for Fontaine, was because he did not simply get the ice time. He was used as a fourth liner for a majority of his starts this year. He also had time on the third line, but often found himself right back on the fourth shortly thereafter. He was used in the same role during the playoffs, but found himself in the press box for a few games, in favor of Stephane Veilleux.


Status for 2014-15

Fontaine is an RFA this summer. His NHL salary this past year was $600,000, but he is likely to make at least double that this next year. The Wild are likely to give Fontaine a contract extension this summer, to have him return in a similar third/fourth line role.

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