Rossy’s Prospect Ramblings

Dean Youngblood


David Pastrnak makes NHL debut, William Nylander injured, Nick Baptiste traded to play with potential future NHL linemate in Erie’s Connor McDavid and much, much more.


Tuesday, November 25th


I sat in the Windsor Spitfires scouts’ room last week prepping my notes for the Sarnia Sting game and just happened to hear a couple of Anaheim Ducks’ scouts talking about an outstanding game #42 had play. “Yup, he’s ready to play in the NHL” said the one scout. After quick research, I came to realize they were speaking about Josh Manson, Anaheim’s 6th round selection from the 2011 draft. Manson is the son of former NHLer Dave Mason and began his season with the Norfolk Admirals (AHL), where he was expected to spend the season. However, on October 31st the Ducks quickly changed their plans and he’s been up with the big club ever since. The former Captain of Northwestern University, Josh isn’t quite as nasty as his father was but he is a 6-foot-3 physical defenseman who won’t be easy to win battles against. From a fantasy hockey standpoint, his value lies in the peripheral categories for now but with him earning over 20 minutes per night, he’s bound to add a few points here and there.

Mason is way ahead of schedule for the Ducks




Sticking with the Ducks, William Karlsson and Emerson Etem have been reassigned to Norfolk. The duo just wasn’t finding their way onto the gamesheet as Etem posted two goals and four points in 21 games while Karlsson notched a pair of goals and three points in 16 games. It won’t be the last time we see either of these kids this season but Norfolk might provide an opportunity for them to regain their scoring touch.






Speaking of “Karlsson”, how about Erik Karlsson-lite in Dallas? I mean, that John Klingberg has certainly looked pretty damn good in a Stars uniform. Of course it’s only been seven games (small sample size) but Klingberg already has two goals and six points as a defenseman. It’s not crazy to think Klingberg could be the next big offensive defenseman. I’m excited about him but disappointed he was scooped up hours before I went to add him in my keeper league. Kudos to that GM for keeping tabs.


For more Stars prospect news, Defending Big D does a great job keeping us up to date on their prospects. One player I liked from the 2014 draft class, Brett Pollock, is riding a seven game point streak totaling 14 points in the WHL. He’s a long-term prospect but owns great pro qualities. Dallas has one of the best prospect cupboards in the NHL, in my opinion of course.




For Buffalo Sabres fans and any other fan of a bottom-feeding team, top 2015 prospect Connor McDavid has resumed skating. Obviously, the return to the ice is a conditioning thing since he still has a month left to rehab his broken hand. When asked about his decision to fight, McDavid responded, “I think it was the right thing to do, I’d rather fight than turtle”. I like this kid even more.




When McDavid returns to the Erie Otters’ lineup, he will have the opportunity to play with a potential Sabres future linemate. Erie traded for Nick Baptiste Monday a