Prospect Ramblings: Prospects Under 25% Fantrax Owned – East

Dave Hall

2021-02-23

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Prospect Ramblings.

I am not sure how badly Covid has affected your team this year. For me, I was cut down to five skaters for an entire week (in my main league). If you can imagine, I lost that week. By a lot.

If you are or have been in a similar boat, there is a high chance that you had to scour through your respective waiver wire in hopes to find some fillers to provide a last-minute hit, block, shot, or even better, a point. Well, look no further. Here is a list of prospects that are currently sitting under the 25% owned threshold.

Of course, I have only added players who will either see NHL this season or have gone off to strong starts in the AHL and may deserve a promotion in the near future.

Juho Lammikko, C, Panthers
Cost: 750,000
Owned: 1%

If you are already out of the running in your league and want to add a player purely for name value – Juho Lammikko is your guy. Overall, his 2020 statistics do not jump out, which certainly represents his 1% own rate. Yet, he has made a case for himself in the past as a producer and has suddenly picked things up in recent matches, with two goals over his previous four.

For deep ( and I mean deep) leagues, he is good for a few peripheral statistics and puts up fair numbers in the face-off circle (43.9%). If you happen to find yourself down by a small margin on a Sunday, the 25-year-old Finn may help you out in a pinch – just don’t bank of heavy numbers, but be happily surprised if he puts you over your opponent.

Oskari Laaksonen, D, Sabres
Cost: 750,000
Owned: 2%

I have raved about Oskari often in the past. With the AHL season finally underway, the 21-year-old has officially hit American soil and has arrived as advertised. He currently sits second on the American Rochesters with five points – all assists – and is running at a point-per-game clip. 

Of course, as a younger piece making the transfer, there is a chance that he sticks in the minors for the season. Yet, with the well-known struggles going on in Buffalo, combined with the unknown timeline for both Rasmus Ristolainen and now Jake McCabe, there could be a promotion on the horizon. Should he make the jump, I would not expect him to blow up the scoresheet, rather, serve as a solid two-way defender with NHL-ready skating abilities who could provide the occasional assist.

He is still very raw, and of course inexperienced, so you run the risk of him not panning out. But if you have the room and or patience to stow him away, I say go for it.

Eric Robinson, LW, Blue Jackets
Cost:
975,000
Owned: 8%

He went from “NHL maybe” to “NHL regular” all in a quick window of time, thanks to a string of injuries during the 2019-20 campaign. If you can remember that far out (it feels like ages ago), the Blue Jackets experienced a tough go with regards to the injury department, which resulted in a mass promotion run. While many received their chance, Robinson’s combination of tremendous speed, heavy frame, and an everlasting motor kept him on the roster, and he hasn’t looked back since. 

Fast forward to today, and the “bottom-six” grinder sits with seven points on the year (3G + 4A), 32 h