Welcome to the Thursday ramblings. Yay
With teams beginning to finalize their roster let me look at the more notable (for sleeper potential) names remaining:
Troy Terry – Without Corey Perry for five months, and Patrick Eaves still hurt, Terry has taken the top spot with Getzlaf and Rakell for the time being. In the short term he has great sleeper potential, but by the end of the season both Eaves and Perry will be back to knock him down the line up, or to the AHL. There is a chance Terry’s play could keep him in the top six for the entire season too, so there is a small potential for a big upside in a late draft choice.
Sam Steel – Steel is in the same spot as Terry, where he is getting a chance to play because of an injury to Ryan Kesler. Once Kesler returns Steel could be moved to the wing or could be sent to the AHL, but so far this preseason he has been very impressive.
Max Comtois – Comtois has played in four preseason games, in a bottom-six role, has played very solidly. In the last two games he also has four points but that has come in under 13 minutes each game. If the Ducks want to keep a player with energy who can chip in on offense then Comtois is the player.
Urho Vaakanainen and Jakub Zboril – Both (or one) of these players need to beat out four good defensemen, John Moore and Kevin Killer’s contract, and Matt Grzelcyk to make the team. So what I am saying is that they will both likely be in the minors this season.
Alex Nylander – Nylander has been one of the better Buffalo players so far in exhibition. I think it would be better for him to tear up the AHL for a bit, considering how his previous year went, and then come up but this is a great sign that he is not heading down Bust Avenue.
Juuso Valimaki and Rasmus Andersson – These two players are both superior to Kulak and Stone and are essentially battling for the #7 spot. They should get the #5 and #6 spot, especially with Kylington sent down recently, and it is an interesting situation to monitor.
Warren Foegele – The Viktor Rask injury opens the door for Foegele, who has impressed in training camp with his speed and skill. Those two traits, combined with the open roster spots make Foegele a good late round sleep choice.
Henri Jokiharju – HeJo has not been sent down yet as he has impressed the Chicago coaching staff. The injuries to Murphy and Ruuta also open the door for HeJo to play, sheltered but meaningful minutes. Boqvist was sent to the OHL’s London Knights yesterday all but guaranteeing HeJo a spot.
Dominik Kahun – Kahun has been producing in top six minutes consistently for the Hawks in the preseason, if he slides in the draft get him as soon as you can.
Martin Kaut – Kaut has surprised the Avs enough that he has stayed in the lineup this far in to training camp and looks to be making the team. It would likely be best for him if he was to spend another year overseas or in the AHL as there is no reason to rush his development. Currently he would make a good bottom six energy winger but long term the team should want him to score not hit.
Jonathan Davidsson – Davidsson has been impressing Columbus since day one and management appears to be pencilling him in for an NHL spot. There is still a chance he gets sent down, but if he stays in the NHL he would not get much more than third line ice time.
Roope Hintz – The young Finn has been great this preseason and is breaking me down, as I try not to get too overhyped about a player in preseason. Hintz has produced well in almost all situations he has been put in so far. He may be