Prospect Ramblings – AHL Bright Spots, Returnees, and Those that Need a Chance

Pat Quinn

2019-10-23

 

 

Welcome to the Thursday ramblings. This week I am going to go over some AHL bright spots that are known and some that are not. If these players are available in your keeper leagues (and can be stashed) do it.

 

Also here is my #GoodTweet of the week (p.s. if you get the reference you will win a high five gif personalized by me)

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I just want to add, I give great fantasy hockey advice so tweet me your questions. How do I give great advice, well I have never missed playoffs in any H2H league since I started playing and have won at least one of the four to nine pools I have been in, or am in, since 2010.

 

 

AHL bright spots

 

Lucas Elvenes (VGK)

Currently leading the AHL in scoring with 11 points in seven games the young Swede is really taking the AHL, and keeper GMs, by storm. He never quite put up amazing numbers in the SHL but was always a solid point producer, just not one that scored a ton of goals every season. As of now though he appears to be a lot better than other fifth round selections. If he keeps this up, he will be in the NHL within two years.

 

Morgan Geekie (CAR)

Geekie is developing quite nicely in his second AHL season for the Charlotte Checkers. In six games Geekie has eight points, registering points in all but the game against Utica who is dominating the AHL to the tune of being undefeated, along with the Toronto Marlies. He really has carried over his play since the Calder Cup championship run. A call up in the future this season, and a full time role in the NHL look eventually likely for the scoring centre, but he will likely need to move over to the wing.

 

Igor Shesterkin (NYR)

Shesterkin is showing he does not need to be in the AHL at all. He is of course splitting starts with Adam Huska, as both players have three games apiece. However, Shesterkin has an absurd 0.952 save percentage (sv%) and a shut out in his three games. The season is long and the plan is likely to give him more starts in the long run so these numbers should come down slightly (last years AHL average save percentage was around 0.905-0.910), but he can likely stay above the averages. The only thing that will keep him from being the full fledged starter next season is Lunqvist’s cap hit.

 

Egor Korshkov (TOR)

Coming over from the KHL, like Ilya Mikheyev but two years younger, the 23-year old Russian is tied for first in Marlies scoring with seven points in six games. The problem for him is that he joins the Maple Leaf ranks of “way to many good skilled wingers” in the system, making any that break through tough to project, as there are really only one spot open to play with Matthews or Tavares, especially with Babcock’s unwillingness to keep Nylander at C. In 2020-2021 he can have an impact along the lines of Mikheyev, IF there is room.

 

Ville Husso (STL)

Well what a difference a year can make for a goalie. Husso went from fantastic in the AHL from 2016-2018 to abysmal in 2018-2019, so abysmal in fact that Jordan Binnington took over (after year over year poor numbers) and the rest for St. Louis is history. Now in 2019-2020 Husso has come out of the gate hot for the San Antonia Rampage, as he rattled off three straight wins