Prospects Ramblings: Prospects Making Noise

Peter Harling


Back to normal life resumes as the holiday season has concluded along with the World Junior Championship. There has been so much excellent WJC coverage here I decided to go back to a more regular ramblings style, so here goes.

On Wednesday I am going to watch the Utica Comets in Bellville as the Canucks AHL affiliate takes on the Sens. These teams are both pretty loaded with promising prospects, but the one I will be watching the most is the Canucks free agent acquisition Brogan Rafferty. The American defenseman is only 2% Fantrax owned because he signed as a free agent after the 2019 season from the NCAA to very little fan fare. In his rookie season in the AHL, the 24-year-old has an eye popping five goals and 30 points through 36 games. I already own him in both my fantasy leagues and I would be surprised if he does not get a NHL call up before the season ends. At 24-years-old already and dominating offensively in his rookie season as a pro he could be NHL ready in the immediate future. I will have more follow up and a scouting report on the DobberProspects Podcast after tomorrows game….

In case you missed it, LA Kings prospect and 2017 first round pick Gabe Vilardi has made a successful return from a very concerning back injury. Vilardi was limited to just four games last season in his crucial development season as a rookie in pro hockey. He was not even ready to return for the start of this season, but has come back and now has 17 games played. To date he has four goals and 11 points which considering he is still a rookie, and missed virtually all of last year is very promising. His fantasy ownership is really low due to the injury status (18% Fantrax) so I strongly suggest looking into him as a free pick up of a potential top prospect…

Last week I talked about Kingston import and 2020 Draft prospect Martin Chromiak coming to the OHL. This week another one of the top 2020 NHL Draft prospects announced he is coming to the OHL. Jan Mysak is coming to play with the Hamilton Bulldogs who drafted him 20th overall in the 2019 CHL Import Draft. If there is a last minute injury, you can bet Mysak will be added to the CHL Top Prospects game, which will be held in Hamilton on the 16th of this month. 

You can add Washington Capitals prospect Hugo Has to the list now as well. Has was the Caps 2019 fifth round pick and was one of the better players for the host Czech team at the WJC. The 6-4 defenseman had a goal and three points in five games and is on loan to the North bay Battalion for the balance of the season…

The CHL leagues are all having their trade deadlines this time of year, so look for plenty of top prospect movement as impact players move from rebuilding teams to contending teams as rentals. The QMJHL had a monster day yesterday seeing names like Jared McIsaac, B-O Groulx, Raphael Lavoie, and Dawson Mercer on the move….

Nashville Predators rookie Dante Fabbro is having a great season after graduating from the NCAA with the Boston Terriers. But did you know the Predators have two more top prospects developing with the Terriers? Bostons top two scorers are Nashville draft picks, defenseman