First ones up:
Matt Frattin, Toronto Maple Leafs
Despite finishing last season very strong, after succumbing to a season ending injury in the play-offs last year Matt Frattin hasn’t been able to put it all together this season, 17 points in 21 games with the Marlies is respectable. With the Leafs clearing out Matthew Lombardi and Tim Connolly, this sets up Frattin to be the first forward called back.
Jamie Oleksiak, Dallas Stars
The 6’7 d-man has added offence to his game, which makes him an intriguing player to look at down the line. He’s become a 2-way defenseman, with surprisingly good hands. The Stars are not overly deep on D, so a call-up in the near future is most definitely in the cards.
Quinton Howden, Florida Panthers
Quinton, first and foremost is a great skater, Florida has a ton of those, so he has to find another element of his game to step up. He’ll most likely be the first forward called-up (after Drew Shore got called up). Although his 19 points in 40 games isn’t that impressive, remember, he’s only 20 years old, and should be a main-stay in the Panthers line-up by next year.
Jacob Markstrom, Florida Panthers
He’s been highly touted through out much of his career, and now it’s kind of all slowed down. Jose Theodore is set to become an UFA after this season, and Scott Clemmensen is only a stop-gap starter. Jakob hasn’t been able to put the season together he’d like on the farm, but is still intriguing enough talent to keep an eye on.
Tim Erixon, Columbus Blue Jackets
Unable to crack the Blue Jackets line-up, he goes back down to the farm to continue his best pro season yet. It will be interesting to see how his numbers changes with teammates Cam Atkinson and Ryan Johansen gone, but nonetheless there is a bit of a log jam at D with youngsters David Savard and John Moore occupying the #6 and #7 slots in Columbus.
Brandon Pirri, Chicago Blackhawks
The 21 year old is enjoying a great season with Rockford, and almost made the Blackhawks right out of ''camp''. I think it’s only a matter of time until something gives in Chicago, with Pirri becoming a regular part of the line-up. The dynamic forward is mature beyond his years and can provide scoring which certainly makes him a target to look at in deep fantasy leagues.
Gustav Nyquist, Detroit Red Wings
Detroit has been hit with the injury bug recently; giving Nyquist a shot to see what he can do, very interesting pick-up opportunity here, will be playing on the second line.
Jordan Schroeder, Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver giving him a look to play some minutes in offensive situations, even on the second power play unit, possible deep-league pickup.
Gabriel Bourque, Nashville Predators
Called up by Nashville, and will skating on the third line but has minimal to no fantasy value.