Rocco Grimaldi

Nashville Predators
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Fantasy Summary

Dynamic offense at every level but never given more than a brief chance due to being five-foot-six


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country USA
Position RW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth February 8, 1993
Height 5‘6”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted 2011 Round 2; Overall: 33

Observations

July 2019 – Grimaldi was called up to the big club in late October 2018 and never looked back. Through 53GP, Grimaldi didn’t put up his usual offensive numbers with only 13 points, but transitioned himself into a feisty energy player for the Preds deep in their lineup.  He averaged about 10:00 minutes of ice per game and was a reliable player down the stretch. Grimaldi tied for 2nd in playoff scoring with 3 goals and should be a staple piece in the Nashville lineup come 2020. Nicholas Kawka

 

October 2018 – Grimaldi has been called up to Nashville. The undersized forward has eleven points in eight games to start the season with Milwaukee, so he’ll be getting a chance to play in the NHL. Grimaldi hasn’t been given much of a shot in the NHL up until this point due to his size, but Nashville could keep him up for a few games to see how well he does. Matt Somma

July 2018 – The Nashville Predators have signed Grimaldi to a one-year, two-way contract.  Jokke Nevalainen

May 2018 – I’ll try not to cut-and-paste this update from last year. Or the year before. Grimaldi had a productive AHL campaign, being an offensive leader on a poor team, and produced well in his very limited time called-up to the NHL (3 points in 6 games). But he is clearly not trusted at the highest level, probably due to his size. No reason to believe he gets more of a shot. Hayden Soboleski

October 2017 – Grimaldi was called up by the Avs and made the most of his first game, scoring one goal and one assist. He played most of his time on Matt Duchene’s wing, which is exactly the situation we’ve said for years that he needs to produce. It’s doubtful that this situation lasts long, but if you’re looking for short term boost he may be worth a look. Hayden Soboleski

September 2017 – Grimaldi has once again been assigned to the AHL for the start of the 2017-18 season. He will be among the first forwards called up when an injury occurs, but his long term future is looking to be in the AHL. He must clear waivers before being assigned to the Rampage, but there is only a small chance another team takes a chance on the small but hard-working pivot. Hayden Soboleski

July 2017 – Grimaldi has signed a 1-year deal with the Avalanche. He will once again push for a 4th-line spot out of training camp, but probably be placed in the AHL regardess of his good production and energetic play because the team seems to be incapable of giving the tiny playmaker a real chance. If he does earn a shot, he will produce better than an average 4th-liner. Hayden Soboleski

April 2017 – Grimaldi has been called up to the Avs, presumably for the rest of season as injuries are becoming season-ending. Despite having his most productive AHL season yet (51 points in 68 games), and an outstanding training camp at the start of the year, he has seen only one game of NHL action so far. He has the potential to pitch in a few points over the last few games of the season. If he can’t make himself stand out in this brief stint, it seems unlikely the Avs will ever intend to play him in the big league. Hayden Soboleski

October 2016 – After a very strong training camp, Grimaldi has been assigned to the AHL for the start of the season. This is surprising given the offence he has shown while still being a defensive prescence, but it’s better for the player to keep the pace going in San Antonio rather be sitting in the NHL press box for half a season. He will be frst in line for call-ups when the need arises, especially in the top-six, as he demonstrated his dangerous shot and natural offensive instints can power a forward line. Hayden Soboleski

September 2016 – Grimaldi is making up for being the smallest player in Training Camp by being one of the best listeners on the ice. Coaches have noted his ability to learn from their notes – which is a huge deal for the player who will be fighting for a bottom-six spot with lots of internal competition. He has shown his offence as well with his impressive shot. Fntasy owners can certainly bet on Grimaldi receiving an NHL look at various times throughout the season, how often that comes along will depend on his performance. He has made a strong case so far for deserving an opening night spot. Hayden Soboleski

June 2016 – Grimaldi has been traded to the Colorado Avalanche. He should have no problem fighting for an NHL roster spot out of training camp, and will be a top call-up candidate if he fails to make the squad (unlikely). Given the talent accumulating on the Avs roster, Grimaldi could find himself in a good fantasy-hockey position this fall. Hayden Soboleski

Jan 2016 – After an injury early in the 2015-16 campaign, Grimaldi has been putting together a strong sophomore season in the AHL. He has six goals and nine assists for 15 points through 21 games with the Portland Pirates. He has been scoring at a more consistent pace in January, with five points in seven games. Grimaldi should see time with the NHL club this season and likely will be a fixture in their bottom six in 2016-17. Lee Rayson

February 2015 – Grimaldi had his most productive month of the season in January, posting 11 points in 13 games pushing him into third for the team lead in scoring. He also had his highest shot total of any month directing 26 shots on the opposition goalies. As of February 4th he has five points in his past three games with 13 shots on goal exhibiting his growing confidence. A fan favourite during his brief call up earlier in the season, Grimaldi is certainly making a push to get another opportunity with Florida in the near future. Lee Rayson

January 2014 – Grimaldi continues to do well while the rest of his team struggles. He has 20 points in 22 games and UND are only 12-7-3. His 81 SOG are once again a strong sign. Nathan Kanter November 2013 – Grimaldi leads the team in scoring with 10 points through 10 games. UND has struggled, going 4-5-1. Last season they went 5-3-2 in their first 10 games. Without the firepower of Corban Knight and Danny Kristo from last year, North Dakota so far has lacked offense from someone other than Grimaldi. Grimaldi is firing lots of rubber on net (42 SOG in 10 games) but nobody else is, as Luke Johnson ranks second on the team in SOG with just 20 in 10 games. Nathan Kanter

July 2013 – Grimaldi attended Florida’s prospect camp in early July and looked to be his typical speedy self. His size will always be an issue but his skills appear to be coming together nicely and he could certainly be of fantasy value one day. Florida’s impressive depth (and size) down the middle only adds to that likelihood. For now, he is headed back to North Dakota for his junior year, so owners must stay patient. Nathan Kanter

March 2013 – Grimaldi was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team last week after recording 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points in 34 games in his first full season with North Dakota. He followed that up by posting three assists, 12 shots on goal, and a plus-2 rating against Michigan Tech in the best 2-of-3 series, helping UND advance to the Final Five quarter-final where they will now take on Colorado College. Nathan Kanter

January 2012 – Grimaldi had a weak opening three games of the tournament, playing his way from the first line down to the fourth line and, eventually, was stapled to the bench. After the benching he showed signs of life on the checking line, and then turned in a fine performance in the Gold Medal Game. He scored both goals in the 2-1 win, though both goals involved weird/lucky bounces. His skill was evident, as was his determination. Concerned about the consistency and the fact that it took a benching to get him going….May have been the product of a terrible line chemistry early on. Dobber

December 2012 – Grimaldi was one of the 27 American players named to the USA Preliminary roster for the upcoming 2013 World Junior Championships. The undersized forward stands a great chance at making the final roster as he has shown USA Hockey that his knee injury is fully rehabilitated scoring 11 points for the University of North Dakota this season. Brendan Ross

October 2012 – Grimaldi has shown zero ill effects from his knee injury. He is tearing up the NCAA on a line with Montreal prospect Danny Kristo, and after a tremendous preseason he has continued his strong play with a point in each of his first two contests for North Dakota. With seven shots in two games, he’s picking up where he left off in terms of his aggressive play. Dobber

March 2012 – A very small player who is solid on his skates, Grimaldi has incredible hands and quick feet. A serious knee injury cost him his freshman season at North Dakota, but he is expected to make a full recovery and be ready in the fall. The feisty winger had 73 points in 58 games for the USDP in 2010-11. Rich Dillon


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2005-2006 Little Caesars Bantam Minor AAA T1EMBHL 24 32 28 60 38 |          
 2006-2007 Little Caesars Bantam Major AAA T1EBHL 24 15 21 36 48 |          
 2007-2008 Little Caesars U16 T1EHL U16 29 19 19 38 62 |          
 2008-2009 Little Caesars U18 T1EHL U18 31 17 26 43 16 | Playoffs 7 1 5 6
 2009-2010 USNTDP Juniors USHL 32 11 9 20 22 |          
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 36 14 26 40 38 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 26 7 16 23 12 |          
  USA U17 WHC-17 6 4 10 14 8 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 2 8 10 6 |          
 2010-2011 USNTDP Juniors USHL 23 12 13 25 18 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 58 39 34 73 65 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 6 2 6 8 6 |          
 2011-2012 Univ. of North Dakota NCAA 4 1 1 2 2 |          
 2012-2013 Univ. of North Dakota NCAA 40 13 23 36 18 |          
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 2 2 4 4 |          
 2013-2014 Univ. of North Dakota NCAA 42 17 22 39 48 |          
  Univ. of North Dakota GNW Showcase - 1 0 1 - |          
 2014-2015 Florida Panthers NHL 7 1 0 1 4 |          
  San Antonio Rampage AHL 64 14 28 42 22 | Playoffs 3 1 0 1
 2015-2016 Florida Panthers NHL 20 3 2 5 2 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Portland Pirates AHL 52 16 17 33 20 | Playoffs 5 0 4 4
 2016-2017 Colorado Avalanche NHL 4 0 1 1 2 |          
  San Antonio Rampage AHL 72 31 24 55 39 |          
 2017-2018 Colorado Avalanche NHL 6 1 2 3 0 |          
  San Antonio Rampage AHL 49 15 16 31 32 |          
 2018-2019 Nashville Predators NHL 53 5 8 13 10 | Playoffs 5 3 0 3
  Milwaukee Admirals AHL 10 4 7 11 8 |          
 2019-2020 Nashville Predators NHL - - - - - |          

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