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Draft Guide

Call-up Roundtable

by Brian Rosenbaum
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Which player who has been called up from the AHL in the last few weeks will have the greatest fantasy impact for the balance of the season?

Brian Rosenbaum: The Maple Leafs have had nine players make their NHL debut in the last three weeks and 11 overall this season. William Nylander is the most talented of all the Buds' most recent call ups. Although he has scored only two goals, his only two points, in 11 games, Nylander has certainly displayed his speed and creativity on the ice. He could finish strongly and stands a great chance of breaking NHL camp next season. 
Ryan Dadoun: Nylander is probably the most talented of the relatively recent AHL call ups, but I'm interested to see what Columbus' Oliver Bjorkstrand will do the rest of the way, he's played in two NHL games thus far and scored twice.  Just as importantly, he's getting valuable minutes (roughly 16:02 and 15:24 in those contests), so he's in a position to continue to contribute.

Corey Abbott: I don't know what kind of impact he'll have, but I'm hoping to see something great from Mikko Rantanen during his latest NHL stint.  He didn't have a point in six games with the Avalanche back in October, but he has been successful during his first year in the AHL with 21 goals and 52 points in 44 games. The 10th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft has plenty of potential and I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do. 

Brian Rosenbaum: I am interested in seeing what Marco Dano can accomplish in Winnipeg over the last 10 games. In 11 games with the Jets, Dano has scored three goals and registered five points. That's a much better output than he had in Chicago. With the Blackhawks Dano registered a mere two points in 14 contests. With improved line placement Dano could be a solid producer down the stretch. 

Corey Abbott: Getting back to the Maple Leafs, I've been impressed by Nikita Soshnikov since he was called up from the minors.  He has been pesky and productive, while mostly skating with Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov.  The 22-year-old winger has racked up 34 hits, along with two goals, three assists and 33 shots in 11 games.  He definitely has looked NHL-ready and I would expect him to be on the Leafs at the start of the 2016-17 season. 


Ryan Dadoun: Before we wrap up, can I cheat a bit and mention Nikita Tryamkin? He's not an AHL call up and is instead making the transition from the KHL, but he is nevertheless new to the league. The defenseman literally stands out thanks to his 6-foot-7 stature and he appropriately listed Zdeno Chara as a man that he'd like to surpass. He might not achieve that goal, but he's clearly aiming big and has the potential to be a major contributor for the Canucks in a few years time.

Brian Rosenbaum
Brian Rosenbaum is the Senior Hockey Editor of Rotoworld.com. He's run the hockey coverage since its inception in 2000.