Prospect Ramblings – Rising prospects from our scouts (August 14 2016)

Hayden Soboleski


Reviewing our scouts' rising prospect picks from each team in our 30-in-30 series in this Sunday Ramblings…


If you've been following our August 30-in-30 series so far (click here for a full list of articles), you'll have noticed that most scouts included a list of rising prospects in their respective organizations. Given that we are almost halfway through the month and the article series, I want to recap these rising prospects who may become surprising picks that solidify your fantasy farm system. Some are obvious and some are sleepers, but knowing who has been impressing is crucial for a successful prospect draft. Here are what our scouts have offered up so far:


Anaheim Ducks

Nick Sorensen – Strong season in Sweden leading to a return to North America. Darkhorse for an NHL roster spot.

Deven Sideroff – Great shot, impressive development camp, and trning pro this year. 

Kevin Boyle – Workhorse goaltender earned Co-Player of the Year honors in college hockey and is moving to the AHL


Arizona Coyotes

Adin Hill – Possible goalie of the future for the Coyotes

Christian Dvorak – Lots of hype, but lives up to it in every way

Kye Wood – Big, offensively gifted d-man turning pro this season


Boston Bruins

Danton Heinen – Outstanding development camp showing off confidence and playmaking

Frank Vatrano – Brought speed and scoring at the NHL level last year

Jeremy Lauzon – Speed, size, and skill back on display after a scary injury last season


Buffalo Sabres

Vaclav Karabacek – Gritty, fearless player turning pro with high hopes

Brendan Guhle – Built for NHL, injuries limited his pro time to a successful AHL stint

Casey Nelson – A top defender in the AHL, meaning he's earned NHL call-up potential 


Calgary Flames

Morgan Klimchuk – Often forgotten, but offensive potential hasn't faded yet

Mark Jankowski – Pro transition went smoothly thanks to a high hockey IQ 


Carolina Hurricanes

Nicolas Roy – One of QMJHL's biggest centerman and best face-off men

Trevor Carrick – AHL All-Star puts up points and PIMs, will audition for a spot on the 'Canes


Colorado Avalanche

JT Compher – Excelled in the NCAA, turning pro with a good chance at making the NHL

Sergei Boikov – Defensive specialist with wheels, showed them in WJCs and AHL tryout last season

AJ Greer – Power-forward and multi-category contributor reaching his potential in the QMJHL


Dallas Stars

Esa Lindell – Likely to make the NHL after serving a huge role in Texas last year

Julius Honka – Likely the second d-man call-up after Lindell; very gifted and not disappointing so far

Maxime Legace – The new starting netminder in town, his predecessor was traded to make room


Detroit Red Wings

Robbie Russo – Racked up assists in NCAA and then as an AHL rookie

Jared Coreau – AHL starting goalie batlled off multiple others for the spot

Dylan Sadowy – Entering first pro year after the Wings traded a pick to get him


Edmonton Oilers

Ethan Bear – WHL cornerstone d-man with leadership role

Kyle Platzer – Reliable centerman who could earn call-ups

Ziyat Paigin – 6'6" and scoring as a d-man in the KHL, one year left on his contract there


Florida Panthers

Jayce Hawryluk – WHL breakout season, multi-category potential

Lawson Crouse – Another solid OHL season, 9 game NHL tryout imminent

Dryden Hunt – WHL Player of the Year turning pro


LA Kings

Mike Amadio – One of organization's top offensive dynamos

Nic Dowd – Has worked hard and beaten odds to become a good bet to see NHL time

Justin Auger – Towering winger showed more offense in pro than expected, a nice surprise



As always, thanks for reading and best of luck in your upcoming drafts!

Hayden Soboleski




Name Fantasy Upside NHL Certainty
Aku Räty 5.8 5.0
Miko Matikka 6.5 6.5
Nathan Smith 6.2 6.0
Jan Jenik 7.2 6.5
Ilya Fedotov 6.0 3.0
Noel Nordh 6.5 7.0
Daniil But 8.5 7.5
Julian Lutz 7.0 7.5
Dylan Guenther 8.5 8.5
Conor Geekie 8.0 8.0