Prospect Ramblings – Sell High, Buy Low, Hot Streaks, and Slow Goes

by Pat Quinn on November 7, 2019

 

 

Welcome to the Thursday prospect ramblings, I am going to highlight a few players that fit the titled categories above. They are from all over the leagues, and players I have been watching recently.

 

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Sell high

 

World Championship players

 

As past Dobber writer Jeff Angus used to highlight, once the World Junior rosters are announced and finalized, grab all the unclaimed players you can as that is the highlight of prospects for a lot of fantasy GMs. You can sell them high for notable improvements on your roster for the stretch run

 

Kole Lind (VAN)

 

This is not a knock on Lind at all as he looks to be developing in to a promising middle six winger, but I am highlighting the fact that you can use his current production on a stacked Utica squad to persuade some GMs to trade you the player you want for a top notch prospect. You may want to aim this towards GMs who are fans of the Canucks as (in my experience) they tend to have bias towards their own team prospects more than other team friendly GMs. He does have nine points in 10 games only trailing NHL level talent on the Comets.

 

Ilya Mikheyev (TOR)

 

As awesome as he has been, with the current construction of the Maple Leafs, it appears as though it would be a smart bet to sell high on Mikheyev. He may eventually get 2PP time but he seems to be relegated to “not the top six” in a stubborn Babcock system. In one-year leagues I would move him, but in keeper leagues I am interested to see what happens when he gets a new contract.

 

 

Buy Low

 

Ville Husso (STL)

 

Sure, I may have jinxed him talking about him a few weeks ago as his save percentage is now at 0.898, but I still feel as though he is the best goalie in the St. Louis system. At least now with the starters net in San Antonio he will have the full season to prove his worth. As a forgotten asset it may be cheap to acquire him.

 

Nikita Gusev (NJ)

 

Being misused once the Devils started losing by John Hynes, his value has tanked over the past couple of weeks. Being placed on the fourth line and scratched for three straight games because he is not great at defense is some next level brain thinking stuff. Gusev is paid to score, set him up in the top six and let him put up the points. Skilled wingers are rarely amazing at defense and putting a square peg in a round hole never works. If you can acquire him cheap, and Hynes either gets fired or finally constructs some good line ups you can reap the rewards.

 

Elvis Merzlikins (CBJ)

 

Merzlikins was sent down to the AHL yesterday which is honestly probably best for his development right now. Being a back up on a weak squad because Korpisalo has actually played well in the starter’s role is not going to help Elvis’ development. AHL reps on a fine squad will help him and he should be back up in not time. If you have a GM that thinks he is a bust already look to acquire him.

 

 

Hot Streaks

 

Joel Farabee (PHI)

 

This is not a statistic wise hot streak but more of an improving the play of any line he is on wise type of streak. It is quite fascinating to watch right now. The points will come.

 

Bobby Brink (PHI)

 

I could write how he is playing great for the University of Denver to start his NCAA career, but instead I will just attach the tweet that had me put him here:

✔️ Led NCHC freshmen with 6⃣ points & 1.00 ppg in Oct.
✔️ Tied for third among #NCAAHockey rookies with 3⃣ 🚨
✔️ Point in 4 of 6 games with ✌️ multi-point games

👉 #NCHCHockey October Rookie of the Month

📰: https://t.co/awvWxZlXWH | #PioneerTogether pic.twitter.com/m2y0lULge2

— The NCHC (@TheNCHC) November 6, 2019

 

Nick Robertson (TO)

 

In Peterborough Robertson had a streak of 20 points in 11 games from September 20 to October 18. That is aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalmost (say that in your best Chris Jericho voice) a month, but Robertson has looked like a steal of a second-round pick.

 

Jamieson Rees (CAR)

 

Rees has almost caught his injury riddled 2018-2019 season production with Sarnia. As he is 10 points behind last seasons total, just in 28 fewer games. Since October 17 to now he has had 22 points in eight games, it is a shame he could not put up a point in his first game, what a bust. For real though, he needs to stay healthy.

 

Connor Zary (2020 pick)

 

Pegged by most to be a mid-round pick in 2020 Zary has had a great start to the year. He also had a streak of 21 points in 13 games from September 20 to October 15 for Kamloops in the WHL. He is (as of right now) a first-round talent in my books but let us see how the season progresses.

 

 

Slow Goes

 

Alexandre Texier (CBJ)

 

A slow start to the season where he has received top six minutes is so far a bummer. Add in a knee injury that he will be back from ASAP as you have yourself some frustrated owners. I expect him to bust out soon but without a star in CBJ it will be tough to rack up a lot of points.

 

Taro Hirose (DET)

 

Hirose has five points in 16 games but has not looked that bad. He shows skill whenever he is on the ice but does not have the best line mates to help him put up points. He does get some 1PP opportunities, but outside of Mantha, Larkin, Bertuzzi, and Athanasiou there is really not much skill to help Hirose score. It may take until the Red Wings call up another skilled forward for Hirose to put up points but the skill is for sure there.

 

 

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