Prospect Rambling: Tim Heed + wave of overseas D-men. (Nov 1 2017)
We are beginning to see some import Defensemen making their mark on the ice but does that mean they are fantasy relevant? I decided to take a look at the overseas imports who may not be household names yet, but could be soon. Let's start off with one of the hottest blueliners right now…
I was watching the San Jose Sharks game the other night and managed to see Mr. Tim Heed blast a shot from the point for his seond goal of the year. This gives him 6 points in 9 games now for the Sharks. After coming over from the SHL for the 2016-17 season, Heed started to turn heads in the AHL finishing with 56 points in 55 games. His slapshot is impressive. So far…. he's playing around 17 minutes a night but a whopping 3:27 on the PP. The big question is, will he be forced out of the lineup once Paul Martin returns? He has all the potential in the world to be a sneaky fantasy asset and you should absolutely be watching how his playing time develops. In a league where around 50 dmen are fantasy relevant, I'm tempted to pick him up before others realize who he is. I certainly won't argue if he's on the Sharks top PP alongside Burns.
Signed a one-year deal. He could easily be sent down. Was named to the KHL All Star team but couldn't go due to injury. While most expected him to probably begin down in the AHL, he has stuck around thus far. Owners might be worried that he's been scratched two games in a row after seeing some initial PP time but he's been dealing with a back injury. While he had shown some great moments, he's still only seeing just over 14 minutes a night so hold on tight and keep evaluating.
The 22 year old Swede notched his first goal after a scoring change against the Sharks. He is quite the aggressive player at times and surprised some by finding a spot on the Maple Leafs so early. With the signing of vet Roman Polak, it creates even less room for bodies but he's managed to grow his role ever so