James van Riemsdyk

James van Riemsdyk

34-Year-Old Left WingLW
Boston Bruins
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Van Riemsdyk will be part of the cavalry to guide the Bruins in a post-Bergeron-and-Krejci era, but it likely won't be long before JVR's done, too. As a 33-year-old last year, van Riemsdyk posted his worst shooting percentage (10.1) since 2011-12. He was also limited to just 61 games, producing only 29 points overall. The winger still has some middle-six scoring pop, and getting out of Philadelphia's rebuild will likely help him rebound, but he's not the player he was in his prime. Nonetheless, he should provide enough production to serve as a solid depth option on fantasy teams this year. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect more than 20 goals or 40 points out of van Riemsdyk in his first year in Boston in 2023-24. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed one-year, $1 million deal with the Bruins in July of 2023.
Lights lamp twice in OT loss
LWBoston Bruins
February 17, 2024
Van Riemsdyk scored two goals, one on the power play, and added an even-strength assist in Saturday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Kings.
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It's the second three-point performance in the last seven games for the veteran winger, a stretch in which van Riemsdyk has four goals and eight points. JVR has provided some valuable depth scoring for the Bruins this season, seeing regular ice time on the man advantage. He has racked up 11 goals and 37 points in 51 games.
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    13:54
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    2:41
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Van Riemsdyk has posted 25-plus goals five separate times in his career and he nearly got there a season ago, ultimately finishing one tally short. Nine of those 24 markers came with the man advantage, although he somehow didn't manage a single power-play helper all year long. Perhaps most impressive of all is the fact van Riemdsyk played in all 82 regular season games in his age-32 campaign. Philadelphia's lack of high-end offensive depth make it difficult to envision JVR increasing his production all that much in 2022-23, but there should be a roster spot for a 25-goal scorer who contributes on the power play in most standard fantasy formats.
Van Riemsdyk was left unprotected - and went unclaimed by Seattle - in the expansion draft this past offseason, a development that was as much about the big left winger's hefty salary as anything else. After all, the 32-year-old was coming off yet another productive campaign, tying for the Flyers' team scoring lead with 43 points in 56 games. He also tallied a team-leading 10 of his 17 goals on the power play. Injuries and a pandemic-shortened schedule have prevented van Riemsdyk from topping 66 games played in any of his three seasons in Philadelphia, but he's averaged 27 goals and 54 points per 82 games over this course of his NHL career. If he can put together a full season, he's a good bet to outperform his draft position.
Van Riemsdyk has only scored 30 goals twice in his career, his ice time continues to trend downward, and he'll be 32 years old in May. The Flyers missed out on the peak years of van Riemsdyk's career, and he's going to face a lot of headwind on a team that has some talented wingers moving up the depth chart. He'll have a shot at 30 goals if he stays healthy, plays with a good center and sees time on the top power-play unit in 2020-21, but that'll be beyond what he can control. Van Riemsdyk is right in the middle of a big group of players who can score 20-30 goals a season and offers little else in peripherals in terms of roto leagues.
A knee injury early in the season sidelined van Riemsdyk for nearly six weeks, but he still managed to pick up a rock-solid 27 goals and 48 points in 66 games last year. The 30-year-old averaged more points per game in 2018-19 than he did during the previous campaign with the Maple Leafs, and his goals per contest average wasn't far off the pace he set in 2017-18 when he tallied a career-high 36 scores. However, it's important to note that van Riemsdyk benefitted from a career-high 16.2 shooting percentage in 2018-19. Without that, there's no way he could have scored 27 goals, as he appeared in 15 fewer games and fired 81 fewer shots on net than he did in 2017-18. That makes projecting van Riemsdyk's production for the 2019-20 campaign a little difficult, but if he's able to avoid sustaining another major injury, he shouldn't have any trouble potting 25-to-30 goals while totaling at least 55 points, making him a solid secondary option in most fantasy formats.
Van Riemsdyk put ink to paper with Philly this summer after scoring a career-best 36 goals with Toronto. The $7 million man will be the most potent third-line left winger in the NHL and a power-play stalwart. There, JVR's buttery-soft hands and net-front presence will be like magnets for the brilliant playmaking of Jakub Voracek and Shayne Gostisbehere. Expect more goals than assists yet again this season -- maybe even 40 of them. JVR probably won't live up to the value of his contract in years four and five, but the first year of his reunion tour should be outstanding, at least for fantasy owners seeking goals.
Van Riemsdyk is what he is -- a mid-grade offensive star with size, buttery soft hands and 60-point consistency. So, why is it that he always leaves us wanting more? JVR's 62 points in 2016-17 were his highest total ever and he continued to gel with long-time linemate Tyler Bozak. But it was rookie Mitch Marner, not the veteran van Riemsdyk, who was the straw that stirred that line's drink. Both Bozak and JVR's production were seriously improved by Marner's game, so we could be approaching the point where the 28-year-old winger has already passed his best-before date. It's a young man's game, after all, and the Leafs are loaded with rising young stars. JVR's 2017-18 could now be tied to the man carrying the real weight on his line. That could be Nazem Kadri or Tyler Bozak again, but it could also be Auston Matthews. Draft him as a goal-scoring 60-point man.
JVR is a 30-goal, 60-point power winger with silky-smooth paws – his go-to shot is that sick between-the-legs number that makes goalies wince and defensemen look stupid. He was derailed last season by a non-displaced fracture in his left foot and was limited to 29 points (14 goals) in 40 games. But we liked what we saw from him under coach Mike Babcock. Babs cut back on JVR's ice time and bingo – the winger's possession numbers went up significantly. This season, Van Riemsdyk is healthy and ready to roar as the Leafs' top-line left winger. He'll skate beside Nazem Kadri and should have no problems getting back to the 60-point level. But he could be a 70-point winger if he finds any chemistry at all with uber-prospect Auston Matthews. Now that would be a match made in fantasy heaven.
Maybe Phil Kessel’s departure is the best thing that could have happened to JVR. Seriously – hear us out. Kessel was an all-out, one-shot kind of guy – he never really embraced the cycle, and that’s the kind of game in which JVR excels. He and new top center Nazem Kadri could become a productive duo along the wall, where their tenacity and cockiness could really wear out opponents. Kadri has something to prove, and if the two of them click, they could conceivably combine for 60 goals. A return to the 60-point level would make JVR a valuable fantasy commodity, particularly in formats that separate the centers from the wingers.
How many between-the-legs goals can JVR score this season? That patented move is going to get him decimated one day, but for now, opposing defenders have been neither big enough nor fast enough to teach him that lesson. Last season, Van Riemsdyk delivered career-best numbers in goals (30) and points (61), and that trend should continue in 2014-15. He might even deliver you 35 goals and reach the high-60s in points, including solid production on the top power-play unit. Draft him if you can.
So … which JvR will show up this season? He was absolutely dominant when he took his coach's advice and crashed the crease. But he was often invisible when he didn't. His 18 goals and 32 points last season would have delivered him his first, 30-goal, 55-point season over 82 games, and that would have made him a force in most formats. Expect a few brain farts along the way this season, particularly late in the first half when he thinks he can go back to being the old JvR. He'll figure it out in the second half, but could suffer from a post-Olympic malaise, too. So, is a 60-point season possible this time out? Yes, but only if he heeds the sage advice of his wise ol' coach.
Is this JVR's big year? Brian Burke and the rest of the Leafs sure hope so after trading away Luke Schenn. Big boys always seem to take longer to mature and van Riemsdyk has been no different. Trouble is, he's coming off an injury-plagued season and is being asked to switch to pivot, a position he hasn't played since college. Expect the Middletown, New Jersey native to get a long look with Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul, and, if sparks fly, a 65-point season is within reach. That doesn't seem like much, but that's a 62 per cent increase in production for JVR. If the experiment at center fails, he'll still be a worthy fantasy left winger beside Mikhail Grabovski on the second line.
van Riemsdyk's solid play the last two years factored into the Flyers' decision to part ways with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, and it's certain Philly expects big things from the winger in his third NHL season. He'll likely be matched up with Claude Giroux and the newly-signed Jaromir Jagr this season.
It was quite a freshman campaign for van Riemsdyk, who among rookies ranked fifth in goals scored (15), eighth in assists (20) and eighth in points (35). There's no doubting his talent but his minus-1 rating and the fact that he was a healthy scratch numerous times throughout the Flyers' run to the Stanley Cup Finals suggests he's just not quite there yet. Van Riemsdyk certainly has the ability and supporting cast to take a step forward this season. He's ahead of the curve in his career at this point, but don't expect a major leap on a team that was on the precipice of a championship just a few months ago - though just a small improvement in his numbers would make him quite the second-year player.
After concluding a strong two-year run at the University of New Hampshire, van Riemsdyk joined Philly's AHL club for a brief 11-game stretch at the end of last season. At 6-3, van Riemsdyk has added strength to a once-slender frame, pushing his weight up 210 pounds during the offseason in hopes of making the team's Opening Night roster. In the perfect scenario, van Riemsdyk would get an opportunity to skate on the third line with Giroux at some point this season, but a partial season with the Phantoms is a likely outcome unless he has a very strong training camp. Flyers fans may always compare van Riemsdyk to Chicago's Patrick Kane - Kane was the first overall selection by Chicago in 2007 after the Flyers had the worst record in the league but ended up with the second pick because of the lottery system. A better comparison based on skill set is Anaheim's Bobby Ryan, which would certainly please the team's front office.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 draft has decided to spend the coming season at the University of New Hampshire, but the Flyers hope to have the big forward in their lineup soon - as early as the 2009-10 season.
Philadelphia added a top winger prospect for down the road when they selected this New Jersey native with the No.2 overall pick in the 2007 draft. He proved himself a top prospect in 2006-07, leading the way in the NTDP with a 63-point season in just 42 games. He will begin his collegiate career this year at the University of New Hampshire. van Riemsdyk will likely be a top power forward, good chance that he'll turn pro in the next two seasons, so keep an eye on him.
vanRiemsdyk fits the emerging mould of young NHLers -- big, fast and skilled. He's 6'3" and 200 lbs at the tender age of 18, and his abilities earned him a ticket to the 2007 World Junior Championships for Team USA at just 17. He's one of the best of the 2007 NHL draft class but needs to mature. He heads to the University of New Hampshire for 2007-2008 and figures to take a solid four or five years to make a dent in the NHL. Mind you, it's going to be a big dent when he gets there.
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Three-point effort Saturday
LWBoston Bruins
January 27, 2024
Van Riemsdyk produced a goal and two assists in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Flyers.
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Reaches 20-assist mark
LWBoston Bruins
January 13, 2024
Van Riemsdyk provided two assists, including one on the power play, and added two shots on goal in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Blues.
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Good to go
LWBoston Bruins
January 9, 2024
Van Riemsdyk (undisclosed) will play Tuesday versus the Coyotes, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
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Not playing Monday
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January 8, 2024
Van Riemsdyk (undisclosed) is not expected to play Monday against Colorado.
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Unavailable Saturday
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January 6, 2024
Van Riemsdyk (undisclosed) will not be in the lineup versus Tampa Bay on Saturday, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
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