Welcome to the Thursday Friday prospect ramblings. Let us…well me get to rambling
But first! My #GoodTweet of the week
Sabres finally traded a dman!! https://t.co/LgMRorAgDv— Pat Quinn (not that one) (@FHPQuinn) November 25, 2019
Not enough people are talking about the impact John Marino is having in Pittsburgh right now. He has played in 23 straight games since being scratched the first few NHL games. He has seen his ice time stay above 20 minutes since November 4, a run of 11 games, where he has delivered 10 points in those games with seven points in six straight games.
He starts 54.4% of his shifts in the d-zone and has helped to stabilize the Penguins blue line. Sure his underlying numbers are not great, with a -5.8% Relative Corsi for and a 13.7% on-ice shooting, but he is also a rookie and here I like to focus on the fantasy hockey aspects. With 11 points, 20 hits,24 shots, and 25 blocks in 23 games he is a nice little add in deeper leagues, who may be rosterable in smaller leagues if the numbers keep going.
Connor Ingram, the guy Tampa Bay threw so fast out the door he me managed to slam his face in to the other side, is (surprise, surprise) playing extremely well for the Milwaukee Admirals. The only thing standing in his way from getting more starts is his competition in net that is playing slightly better. In 11 games Ingram has eight wins and a 0.926 save percentage, as he has seen over 350 shots in total. He is being slightly outdone by a good AHL goalie playing great, as Troy Grosenick has seven wins, a shut out and a 0.932 sv%. My hope is that Nashville will move Ingram to a team where he could be a starter eventually, as Ingram would not have a chance on the Nashville roster until either Rinne retires or one of Rinne or Saros gets hurt.
Staying in Milwaukee let us check on someone who everyone has forgotten about because he has stagnated slightly:
Eeli Tolvanen. I just get this feeling that he will post good numbers in the NHL while having mediocre numbers in the AHL, but I do realize he could just be another Teemu Pulkkinen. Skating is his issue and hopefully he keeps improving. As of right now he only has eight points through 21 games, but thankfully has 59 shots keeping his just-under-three-shots-per-game style of play going from 2018-2019. Shooting lots is generally a very good sign of future points in the NHL. Hopefully he can put it all together.
Speaking of an even longer forgot of prospect in the Nashville system: Yakov Trenin. The 2015 second round selection, is finally breaking through in the AHL with 21 points in 16 games. It has been a slow progression for the 22 year old but he is finally figuring it out. Will he grab that seemingly always open top six wing spot in Nashville, or will he be a middle/bottom six centre/winger when he makes it. It will be fun to watch.
Joel Persson was injured in training camp for the Oilers. Once he began playing he seemed a little slow, then he got a concussion in mid-October and was out until the end of October. He seemed to be even more behind the play at times in his own end, so with Adam Larsson getting healthy the Oilers sent him to the AHL. Now in Bakersfield he has five points in four games and already seems too good for that league. It will not be long before he comes back up, but that 1PP spot is being kept by Klefbom and he will need an injury to Klefbom, while being in the NHL at the time, to likely get a shot there. He can still become the Oilers’ 1PP dman.
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