Rossy’s Prospect Ramblings – February 20th

Dean Youngblood


A quick look at some targetable prospects as the NHL trade deadline nears.


Friday, February 20th


With the NHL trade deadline approaching, scouts are scouring junior and collegiate rinks checking in on targetable prospects. Look towards the teams with deep prospect cupboards who are considered “contenders/buyers” to draw the most attention.


The Anaheims, Floridas, Tampas, Winnipegs, Nashvilles, Detroits and Islanders are just a few organizations who want to take the next step that also have some desirable assets.


The following players are not in any rumours but rather just some top prospects who should draw interest.


Nick Ritchie, Shea Theodore and John Gibson are three prospects that the Ducks would prefer to keep but look for Kevin Roy (37 points with Northeastern University over 28 games; T-10th in NCAA scoring), Nicolas Kerdiles (25 points in 49 AHL games) and high-scoring defenseman Brandon Montour (16 points in 15 games with UMass after leaving the USHL for NCAA). These are just a few highly skilled Anaheim prospects who will interest other teams joining William Karlsson, Max Friberg, Stefan Noesen, Nick Sorensen, Andre Petersson and Marcus Pettersson. If Anaheim’s looking to make a big acquisition, some of these players could be in play.


Despite showing an impact in every NHL call-up, Vincent Trocheck can’t find a secure spot in a deep Panthers lineup. He’s one player that teams could be interested in but Mike Matheson (19 points in 30 games as Boston College’s captain), Alex Petrovic (knocking on the NHL door for full-time duty splitting time between Florida and San Antonia – 20 points in 39 games), Rocco Grimaldi (9 goals and 32 points in 45 AHL games), and Kyle Rau (30 points in 28 games with the Gophers) are four mature prospects who are playing well.


No one will get their hands on stud goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy but the Lightning’s cupboards are getting full and they do have the luxury of adding prospects in deals. Vladislav Namestnikov (28 games in Syracuse with 24 points) has skated with the big club so Yzerman wou