Prospects Rambling

Peter Harling

2017-09-20

photo courtesy: www.reviewjournal.com

Training camps are in full swing, pre-season games have happened and that means I actually have some news to ramble about, so let’s ramble…More Sens news, Ottawa signed Parker Kelly to a ELC contract today. Kelly was undrafted in his first year of eligibility in 2017 and was ranked 166th by HockeyProspect and 192 in North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting, and no one else. Needless to say he is a low profile player and has no business being added to your prospect roster at this point. His modest offensive totals from the WHL don’t scream fantasy relevant but he is a pesky player that if the Sens can develop him into a bottom six role player could have value in a few years. For now, watch list at best…

Tough break for Ottawa Senators prospects Colin White who will be out six to eight weeks with a broken wrist. White was a candidate to make the Sens roster to start the year, but now when he is ready to play I fully expect it will be in the AHL to start to get his timing and game up to speed. It may take an injury for him to get a shot with the Sens so this is bad news for White owners who were counting on him playing the full season in the NHL…

Dallas Stars 2017 top pick Miro Heiskanen has been diagnosed with a concussion while playing in the Champions League with HIFK. Not that he was going to play in the NHL this year anyway, but this likely means he does not even come over for training camp…

Speaking of 2017 Draft prospects, Eeli Tolvanen (Nashville Predators) has been tearing up the KHL as an 18-year-old. The KHL isn’t a league know for giving ice time to young players but Tolvanen is playing for Jokerit in his native Finland and had a hat-trick in his debut game and now has eight points in nine games. Don’t be surprised if he comes back to North America next year to play in the NHL. Tolvanen was drafted out of the USHL and was committed to play NCAA in Boston but his academic credits didn’t translate eliminating that option. Tolvanen is a big time shooter that should give the Preds and your fantasy team a boost in the goals and shots categories…

Sticking with the KHL, the league leading scorer is Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nikita Gusev. The Goose is on fire with five goals and 17 points in 12 games and is tied with Pavel Datsyuk for the overall scoring lead. Tampa gave up on Gusev because he is committed to the KHL for a few years and he may play out his career in the KHL and never come to the NHL which make him a fantasy wild card. ..

Now that the pre-season has started you can look for Coaches experimenting with prospects and potential line combinations. The Pittsburgh Penguins will be playing NCAA free agent signee Zach Aston-Reese on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel. The Colorado Avalanche will play their free agent prospect Alex Kerfoot on a line with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen Tuesday night as well. In Boston Jake DeBrusk will play on a line with David Pastrnak and David Krejci. Now pump the breaks if you think these lines will stick all season. Every year it seems there is a player that has a brilliant pre-season and fantasy GM’s are scrambling to draft him in fantasy drafts. Remember Brandon Bochenski! He led the NHL in preseason scoring on a line with Jason Spezza in Ottawa and was lighting the lamp seemingly at will. The regular season is a different animal and he ended up with a career 28 goals in 156 games…

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