Frank Vatrano

Florida Panthers
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Fantasy Summary

Undersized goal-scoring winger with middle-six upside.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 9.5
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 14, 1994
Height 5‘9”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

February 2018 – Frank Vatrano was acquired by the Florida Panthers from the Boston Bruins in exchange for a 2018 third-round pick. He was injured when the trade was made and is expected to be out about two weeks. Vatrano should get more ice time in Florida than what he received in Boston, and if he finds chemistry with one of the centers on the team, he could be a sneaky fantasy option later this season. Jokke Nevalainen

September 2017 – Vatrano will be looking to get back on track early this season. Last year, a September injury derailed the majority of his campaign and Vatrano struggled to find ice-time late in the season. While being held to under 14 minutes a game, and not seeing prime offensive ice-time, Vatrano still managed 18 points in just over half a season. Not bad for a player who was recovering from foot surgery. If Vatrano can get the right deployment this season, and remain healthy, he’s a threat for 20 goals and 40-45 points. Mike Drover

January 2017 – Vatrano has been bumped up to the top line. The talented young winger scored twice playing with Marchand and Bergeron earlier this week, but posted nil in his lpst game. If he finds some consistency he will be in for a big second half in a very favourable position. Mike Drover

December 2016 – Vatrano has been cleared to play for the Providence Bruins. Vatrano, whom many considered the Bruins’ most NHL-ready prospect entering this season, is a threat for consistent scoring at the NHL level as early as this season. Vatrano is certainly further along in his development than some of the prospects currently on the roster, and will make his way onto the Bruins’ lineup sooner rather than later. Mike Drover

September 2016 – Vatrano will be out approximately three months while he recovers from surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left foot. The loss of Vatrano and is a tough blow to both the player and to fantasy owners. Vatrano seemed poised to start the year with the Bruins after a promising introduction to the league in 2015-2016. While the time table is only three months, owners have to be concerned that another prospect will solidify a role on the Bruins in the first half. Vatrano still plays for the Bruins at some point this season, but what went from a promising campaign has now become a salvage run. Michael Drover

March 2016 – Frank Vatrano will join Boston on their three-game west coast trip this week. In the span of one year Frank Vatrano has gone from a prospect almost nobody had heard of to one of the top prospects in the Bruins system. He is absolutely killing it in the AHL, to the tune of 31 goals and 46 points in just 31 games. He’s still only 5-foot-9 but he’s playing like Mike Bossy. Michael Boeckler

November 2015 – Vatrano’s dream beginning to this season continues. He has now played two games with Boston, scored one goal and earned praise from coach Julien for his determined play thus far. He likely won’t stay in Boston for too much longer – David Pastnrak is due back in the near future – but he’s making it awfully difficult for the Bruins to send him back to the AHL. Michael Boeckler

September 2015 – Vatrano has opened the season on an absolute tear. In the first 10 games he has potted 10 goals and added two assists, placing him fourth in the AHL scoring race. The Massachusetts sniper has always been known for his shooting – but no one was expecting this. Michael Boeckler


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 Boston Jr. Bruins EmJHL 2 1 0 1 0 |          
 2008-2009 Boston Jr. Bruins EmJHL 44 25 26 51 30 | Playoffs 7 3 2 5
 2009-2010 Boston Jr. Bruins EmJHL 37 38 41 79 18 | Playoffs 6 6 3 9
  Boston Jr. Bruins EJHL 8 0 2 2 2 |          
 2010-2011 USNTDP Juniors USHL 34 11 4 15 22 | Playoffs 2 1 0 1
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 53 19 11 30 50 |          
  USA U17 WHC-17 5 2 2 4 4 |          
 2011-2012 USNTDP Juniors USHL 24 7 11 18 8 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 60 16 19 35 24 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 6 2 2 4 2 |          
 2012-2013 USNTDP Juniors USHL 1 0 1 1 2 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 5 0 4 4 21 |          
  Boston Jr. Bruins EJHL 19 13 9 22 20 |          
 2013-2014 UMass (Amherst) NCAA 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2014-2015 UMass (Amherst) NCAA 36 18 10 28 28 |          
  Providence Bruins AHL 5 1 0 1 0 |          
 2015-2016 Boston Bruins NHL 39 8 3 11 14 |          
  Providence Bruins AHL 36 36 19 55 22 | Playoffs 3 1 0 1
  USA WC 10 3 5 8 12 |          
 2016-2017 Boston Bruins NHL 44 10 8 18 14 | Playoffs 6 1 0 1
  Providence Bruins AHL 2 2 0 2 4 |          
 2017-2018 Boston Bruins NHL 25 2 0 2 22 |          
  Florida Panthers NHL 16 5 3 8 12 |          
 2018-2019 Florida Panthers NHL 81 24 15 39 38 |          
  USA WC - - - - - |          

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