DobberProspects’ Fantasy Mailbag: October Edition

Cam Robinson

2017-10-24

                   

Leagues across North America and Europe are now in full swing with highly and newly regarded prospects making their marks. With that in mind, we at DobberProspects are here to answer all your prospect-related fantasy questions every month.

 

Without further ado, let the mailbag begin!

 

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Question: “Eeli Tolvanen, how far off do you think he is? Any upside projections and/or role projections?”

 

Answer: Tolvanen signed a one-year contract with Jokerit of the KHL after being formally rejected from Boston College due to academic issues. He has a player option for the 2018-19 campaign.

 

While Tolvanen has slowed down a tad – recording just a goal and an assist in the past five contests after stringing together a seven-game point streak where he racked up seven goals and 12 points to go along with 35 (!) shots on goal. (It’s worth noting that he has managed 15 shots on net during this current five game stretch.)

 

The 18-year-old sits in a share for 15th place on the league point leader’s list and continues to rank near the very top in shots-per-game.

 

It’s difficult to imagine Tolvanen staying in the KHL for another season after witnessing such immediate dominance. He’s likely to cross the pond and join Milwaukee of the American League for 2018-19 with an outside chance of cracking the Nashville roster.

 

The latter scenario is less likely than it would be in another organization as the Predators have been consistent in their approach to allow prospects marinating time – Kevin Fiala and Vladislav Kamenev being the most recent examples with each having over 120 AHL contests under their belt.

 

That said, the Preds did allow Filip Forsberg a chance to step into the league after a draft-plus one season in the Swedish second tier and just 47 American league contests.

 

My guess is Tolvanen will prove closer to Forsberg than Kamanev.

 

As far as upside and projections, I see Tolvanen as a top six, scoring winger who will do a ton of damage with the man-advantage. It’d sure be nice to see Nashville obtain another distributing pivot to move the puck around to all these skilled wingers, as it’ll be tough to wedge time next to Ryan Johansen with Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson helping create that dynamic top line.

 

Tolvanen is a rare prospect with 40-goal upside, but situation will be key in reaching that level.

 

 

 

Question: “A dynasty-league mate of mine always preaches about the importance of a prospect's "progression" year-over-year. In recent memory, he plucked Fischer and Kyrou before there was much hype around them. What's a good "progression" (in terms of pts) for a CHL player on track to become a top 6 forward/ top 4 dman? What about other leagues?”

 

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