Welcome to Thursday ramblings again, these will have to be short and sweet, floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee, as time has been limited for me with playoffs pool and other life things.
I am going to go over rookies on NHL teams in the playoffs and if I think those players will break out next season due to their role
I brought you music for this time though! A good ol’ Canadian band that I feel never gets enough credit, and the bass line on this song is one of my favorites all time
Troy Terry – I do not expect Terry to get much ice time this playoff and going forward he will likely needs a year in the AHL, but if he catches fire early and scores we all know Carlyle will put him out there to score. Next season is likely either no NHL points (AHL time), or minimal points due to being in the bottom half of the roster.
Marcus Pettersson – Pettersson has kind of come out of nowhere for me but looks like a solid defenseman for the Ducks once Bieksa and Beauchimen are gone. Jacob Larsson is lurking as well but NHL playoff experience will keep him ahead in the short term.
Ondrej Kase – Definitely not a prospect but if the Ducks give him ice time he will break out
Can I just write “all of them” here?
Ryan Donato – Has likely already solidified a top nine to top six sport next season, depending on Rick Nash, and a big playoff performance from Donato could make it easier for the Bruins to let Nash walk.
Heinen and DeBrusk have solidified themselves next season, and a dark-horse rebound candidate should be Anders Bjork.
Tyson Jost – His minutes have increased as the season progressed and he did look more dangerous out there, due to his draft position he does not need a big playoff to be in a scoring role next season
Alexander Kerfoot is a player in a similar position
Samuel Girard could explode on the score sheet next season if Barrie is given less minutes of course, and a big playoffs could help Girard with confidence going into the 2018-2019 season
No one here really stands out. Pierre-Luc Dubois is the top line centre for Columbus. A big playoffs from Sonny Milano could keep him in the NHL full time and that is what he needs to actually be worthwhile in fantasy instead of frustrating
Adrian Kempe and Alex Iafallo are guaranteed scoring spots because the Kings have no depth in the “young, skilled, and speed” area of the NHL. Vilard isn’t ready and any prospects close to NHL ready are nothing special.
Michael Amadio could be given a shot to score in the NHL if he was given adequate ice time but Stevens does not seem to want to promote him past the fourth line. He is a dark horse player for next season, if given a chance to produce.
Jordan Greenway was put into the line-up for game one and obviously the Wild are high on him for the future. If he has a good playoff performance he may be placed on a future second line, but it will likely be third line next season with Eriksson Ek and that future pairing could be a sneaky get for 2018-2019