Prospect Rambling: Predicting the next Troy Terry

Michael Kosciesza

2021-11-17

Fantasy hockey GMs are constantly practicing revisionist history. Ask anyone in your league I will bet they will tell you they always knew Jason Robertson was going to be elite, they were just late on the claim that saw the Calder finalist win people leagues and in some cases a keeper. Is there anything sweeter than being the one in your league to be able to say you saw it first and reap the benefits of nabbing a player right before their breakout? In fantasy sports, that’s what it’s all about.

Although it is still sweet, there’s less intuition in drafting the Owen Powers and the Trevor Zegras’ of the world. It doesn’t take a hockey savant to recognize all world prospects could become all world NHL stars but to look at the waiver wire, the trade block, the final rounds of the draft or at the end of your bench and make the right call on a 22, 23 or 24-year-old player on the precipice of the wrong end of the middle six or even worse, busting entirely.

Troy Terry, Robert Thomas and last year Jason Robertson were these types of players. Player’s we should have seen coming, but they were available, un rostered and largely not all that close to a starting roster anywhere. I’m going to try and target players that could fit this mould so we can all feel that sweet payoff of riding an investment from the ground up all the way to the moon #stonks

The player who is up next: Oliver Wahlstrom

Oliver Wahlstrom is a guy I dropped after taking him a little too early after his draft year. I mean, he looked really good coming off an elite performance at the 2018 World Juniors where he score nine points in seven games to add to the 94 points in 62 games for the Unites States National U18 team the year prior. He then slowed the roll on the hype train a bit when he only scored 19 points in 36 games in a year he had Hobey Baker expectations at Boston College. He then had a good rookie season in the AHL with Bridgeport where he found the scoresheet 22 times in 46 games. After a brief loan in AIK he found himself a solid streaming option when he got hot for the Islanders last season with 21 points in 44 games, 12 of them goals and 4 of them on the powerplay. This year he has five goals in 11 games. Wahlstrom is available in 88% of leagues right now and if he gets hot soon I’d expect that to change, I’d also expect him to get put on notice once he nears the 20 goal mark, when that happens this season will be interesting to see but 20 goals for a 6’2 205 pound 21-year-old former 11th overall pick is enough to raise my eyebrow

The player to keep an eye on: Rasmus Kupari