Prospect Ramblings: More Prospects on the Move (Feb. 28)

Hayden Soboleski


Discussing new homes for prospects around the league and the resulting call-up fallout around the league in Sunday's Ramnlings…


As the trade deadline sees managers prepare their teams for the future, many prospects are finding new homes around the league.Despite a surprising abundace of draft picks included in deals so far, there is no shortage of prospect rambling content so let's get to it!


Overlooked in the deal which sent James Reimer to the Sharks, journeyman Jeremy Morin will also be heading to the west coast to play on his 3rd AHL team this season. Morin produces reasonably well at the AHL level, but hasn't had an NHL look this season after failing to take advantage of chances last year with the Blackhawks (zero points in 15 games) and the Blue Jackets (six points in 28 gmes). He's definitely closing in on his last opportunities before GMs start giving them to more promising prospects. Alex Stalock, who came to Toronto in the trade, was placed on waivers today meaning that Garret Sparks is getting another run with the Leafs.


A side-effect of the pending-UFA exodus in Toronto is the inevitable recalls of youth ready to play serious time in the big-leagues. As per Damian Cox on Hockey Night in Canada, William Nylander is expected to be called up and play the remainder of the season with the Maple Leafs.This will be a huge step in the star's development and will be an important indicator of whether the organization has succeeded in providing an environment of proper AHL learning for a smooth NHL transistion. Josh Leivo was recalled earlier in the month and has enjoyed modest success thus far with three goals in five February games, while Brendan Leipsic has received a second call-up and curently sports two points in four games total. 26-year-old TJ Brennan isnt considered a prospect anymore as much as an asset, but his utter dominance of the AHL (20 goals, 30 assists, plus-23 in 54 games) is hard to ignore when d-men are on their way out the door. Its understandable for the team to want the Marlies to continue their winning ways but offence can be generated elsewhere, give the guy a shot! 


(I make it sound like an easy decision, but remember that teams only have four non-emergency call-ups to spend after the trade deadline, meaning that tryouts are over, and anyone playing with the NHL squad is likely staying there until playoff season). 


Acquired from Chicago on Friday, Philip Danault was held pointless in his Candiens debut, but was impressive in the faceoff circle, winning 15-of-19. Another result of Montreal shipping Dale Weise and Tomas Fleishmann to the Hawks – top prospect Michael McCarron has been given a chance to show he's fit for NHL duties, beginning with fourth-line duties against Toronto last night. The rookie tallied an assist hile playing in the bottom-six with Mitchell and Smith-Pelly.If he sticks with the club long enough to burn a year of his entry-level contract, I would expect the power forward to get some chances to show off his potential with more talented linemates.He's likely the Canadiens' best option as a net-front powerplay presence (check out the AHL hat-trick below), so serious ice time with the extra man is a real possibility. 




In a fringe-prospect blockbuster on Saturday, Ottawa traded Cole Schnieder, Eric O'Dell, Alex Guptill, and Michael Sdao to Buffalo for Jason Akeson, Phil Varone,