February 10 2016

Peter Harling

2016-02-11

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Kingston Frontenacs forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Spencer Watson is having a banner season. He was a standout at the team Canada junior team selection camp, and scored two goals in the Super Series against Team Russia

. Despite failing make the WJC team his season has been remarkable. Business picked up in Kingston after GM Doug Gilmour acquired New York Islanders top prospect Michael Dal Colle from the Oshawa Generals. Since the trade, Dal Colle has 31 points in 14 games playing on a line with Watson and Carolina Hurricanes prospect Warren Foegele. Watson won the player of the week recognition by virtue of scoring three goals and five assists for eight points in two games. Dal Colle was also considered for the award with four goals and three assists in two games.

Check out the highlight reel of the line in their games with Hamilton and Oshawa

Other players considered for the player of the week were Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner, who had a goal and nine points in three games for the London Knights.  New York Rangers goalie prospect Brandon Halverson was the other finalist with a 2-0-0 record making 69 save for a .932 save percentage and 2.5 GAA.

New Jersey Devils prospect Joseph Blandisi has been red hot lately in his latest call up to the NHL with nine points in his last ten games. Blandisi has been filling in for the injured Mike Cammalleri on the Devils top line with Adam Henrique and Lee Stempniak. If Blandisi is only 29% owned across Fantrax leagues and is worth the add.

Andreas Athanasiou has been having a strong development year and is currently with the Red Wings and picked up an assist tonight (his second in nine NHL games) in a win over the Sens. Athanasiou has been one of my under the radar fantasy prospects for a few years now and is starting to command the recognition I felt he was worthy of. He could push for a regular spot on the Wings by next year.

Here are some scouting notes on prospects from two live viewings I was able to take in this week.

North Bay at Ottawa:

Dante Salituro who went through the 2015 NHL draft, is having a noteworthy season with a team leading 65 points in 49 games. With the departure of Travis Konecny to Sarnia, Salituro is the go to offensive weapon in Ottawa. Salituro made several quick hard passes which he has a knack of disguising his intentions very well.  Carries the puck well, protecting with his skating and positioning on defenders. For a small player he can hold the puck well, using skating and positioning to keep the puck. Even when he loses possession he is tenacious and often recovers possession. Salituro is a good candidate to be drafted in 2016, and as a 19 year old, the waiting time for him to reach your fantasy roster is reduced by one year. That being said he will still have to develop one more year in the OHL before jumping to the pro ranks.

Stepan Falkovsky is a 6’7”, 224