Prospect Ramblings: RFA Qualification – Who was left available?

Hayden Soboleski



A slightly less publicized deadline has passed in the NHL this week: that for RFA qualification. Teams had until the 26th to qualify their RFA, stopping them from becoming UFAs on July 1st.


Qualification means that a team reserves the right to match any contract offer that player gets from another club, whereas not-qualified players are free to sign wherever they wish, they have no affiliation with that team any longer.


Qualified players have until July 15 to accept their offers, or choose to hold out for a better contract. If another team offer these players a deal (an offer sheet), the team has one week to match it or accept the draft pick compensation for letting them go.


Non-Qualified players (for the most part) are ones to dump off your reserve bench in fantasy hockey. If their club deems them so unlikely to be of value that they will lose them for free, perhaps there is better use for your valuable bench spots.


Below I’ve listed the player who DID receive offers from their team, and then a list top notable players who DID NOT receive offers – becoming notable free agents.


In tomorrow's Ramblings, Mark Allen will continue his epic Ramblings saga and give some much more in-depth analysis of each of the fantasy-relevant prospects mentioned herein. So as a primer for his work, here we go:





I cherry-picked some players who did not receive qualifying offers due to their remaining current value or status as finally at the end of their rope. These are risky pickups at best, but free value should never be frowned upon in the world of fantasy hockey.


Keep around for now:


Mikhail Grigorenko

On the right squad, he's still got the talent to become a productive centerman. Pittsburgh is a potential great fit should Bonino move on.


Nail Yakupov

I wouldn't give up on the former first rounder yet. Imagine if Chicago put him in Panarin's now-vacant position…


Brandon Pirri

He scored 22 goals not too long ago. Could be a nice fourth-line producer.


Seth Griffith

So productive in the AHL, and unlike others on the "Dump" list, he hasn't had enough NHL time to prove himself yet. I still think he could earn a spot.


Oscar Dansk

Nikita Nesterov

Beau Bennett

Alex Chiasson



Dump for better bets:


Emerson Etem

He's had multiple chances on multiple teams. I dropped him long ago.


Peter Holland

He's had so many opportunities to grab a spot with no competition and still cant seem to do it.


Ty Rattie

Everybody loves him when he hits the waiver wire, then he hits it again…and again..


Alex Burmistrov

Andrej Nestrasil

Henrik Samuelsson

Christian Folin

Jyrkki Jokipakka

Stuart Percy

Antoine Bibeau

Quinton Howden







Anaheim: Kevin Boyle, Jaycob Megna, Nick Sorensen, Max Gortz


Arizona: Jordan Martinook, Anthony Duclair, Nick Cousins, Tyler Gaudet, Marek Langhamer


Boston: Noel Acciari, Linus Arnesson, Austin Czarnik, Zane McIntyre, David Pastrnak, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner, Malcom Subban


Buffalo: Marcus Foligno (now MIN property), Zegmus Girgensons, Johan Larsson, Evan Rodrigues, Nathan Beaulieu, Robin Lehner


Calgary: Sam Bennett, Michael Ferland, Jon Gillies, Garnet Hathaway, brett kulak, Curtis Lazar, David Rittich, Linden Vey, Tyler Wotherspoon


Carolina: Phil Di Guiseppe, Brock McGinn, Jake Chelios


Chicago: Tomas Jurco (now signed to a deal), Ville Pokka, Erik Gustafsson


Colorado: Sven Andrighetto (now signed to a deal), Gabriel Bourque, Felix Girard, Rocco Grimaldi, Matt Nieto, Duncan Siemens, Nikita Zadorov


Columbus: Alex Wennberg, Josh Anderson, Jordan Schroeder, Daniel Zarr


Dallas: Radek Faksa, Brett Ritchie, Gemel Smith, Matej Stransky, Patrik Nemeth, Jamie Oleksiak


Detroit: Tomas Tatar, Andreas Athanasiou, Martin Frk, Xavier Ouellet, Robbie Russo, Brian Lashoff


Edmonton: Leon Draisaitl, Bogdan Yakimov, Dillon Simpson, Joey Laleggia


Florida: Mark Pysyk, Alex Petrovic, MacKenzie Weegar


LA: Justin Auger, Jonny Brodzinski, Andrew Crescenzi, Kevin Gravel, Paul LaDue, Zachary leslie, Kurtis MacDermid, Michael Mersch, Nick Shore


Minnesota: Mikael Granlund, Nino Niederreiter, Kurtis Gabriel, Zack Mitchell, Zach Palmqvist, Mike Reilly, Steve Michalek


Montreal: Alex Galchenyuk, Jacob De La Rose, Max Friberg, Charlie Lindgren


Nashville: Ryan Johansen, Viktor Arvidsson, Pontus Aberg, Frederick Gaudreau, Austin Watson, Marek Mazanec


New Jersey: Joseph Blandisi, Stefan Noesen, Blake Coleman, Blake Pietila, Kevin Rooney, Ben Thompson, Vojtech Mozik, Damon Severson, Scott Wedgewood


NYI: Connor Jones, Calvin de Haan, Adam Pelech, Chris Gibson


NYR:  Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast, Nicklas Jenson


Ottawa: JG Pageau, Ryan Dzingel, Chris Driedger, Patrick Sieloff, Mikael Wikstrand


Philadelphia: Scott Laughton, Taylor Leier, Roman Lyubimov, Mike Vecchinoe, Cole Bardreau, Anthony Stolarz, Alex Lyon


Pittsburgh: Conor Sheary, Josh Archibald, JS Dea, Brian Dumoulin, Justin Schultz, Derrick Pouliot, Frank Corrado


San Jose: Barclay Goodrow, Marcus Sorensen, Chris Tierney


St. Louis: Magnus Paajarvi, Oskar Sundqvist, Colton Parayko, Petteri Lindbolm, Jordan Binnington


Tampa Bay: Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Michael Bournival, Tye McGinn, Matthew Peca, tanner Richard, Jake Dotchin, Slater Koekkoek, Kristers Gudlevskis


Toronto: Connor Brown, Justin Holl, Zach Hyman, Garrett Sparks


Vancouver: Reid Boucher, Michael Chaput, Brendan Gaunce, bo Horvat, Joseph LaBate, Evan McEneny, Nikita Trymakin (departed for KHL)


Washington: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky, travis Boyd, Laim O’brien, Chandler Stephenson, Dmitry Orlov (now signed to a deal), Philipp Grubauer


Winnipeg: Andrew Copp, Brandon Tanev, JC Lipon


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Hayden Soboleski


Name Fantasy Upside NHL Certainty
Kevin He 5.0 4.5
Reece Newkirk 6.5 6.0
Alex Jefferies 5.5 4.0
Ruslan Iskhakov 6.5 5.0
Otto Koivula 6.5 7.0
Jaydon Dureau 2.0 1.5
McKade Webster 2.5 1.5
Lucas Edmonds 5.0 4.0
Mikhail Shalagin 4.5 2.5
Isaac Howard 8.5 8.0