AHL Watch #5

Greg Fiume

Who's got the call, and who's next...

Called up...

Jacob Markstrom, Florida Panthers

The Cats are experiencing some goaltending woes to say the least, so this was as good as a time as ever for the Panthers to call-up their blue chip goalie. With Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen both struggling, and unlikely to be a part of the picture in the near future, Jacob Markstrom should have ample amount of opportunity to earn the starters job. He's paid his dues on the farm, and could start as early as Thursday against the Flyers.

Beau Bennett, Pittsburgh Penguins

Ever since he was drafted he’s been the deemed as the chosen one to play alongside Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, well he finally got the call-up, but finds himself playing with Brandon Sutter and Tyler Kennedy on the utility line. He has received some PP minutes, but hasn't been too effective in his first two games, recording 2 shots in a combined 24 minutes. For Beau to have significant fantasy value, he’ll need an opportunity as a top six forward.

Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild

After leading the Aeros in scoring, Jason Zucker has earned his shot. He enjoyed a cup of coffee with the Wild last year, but it's this season where Zucker scored his first NHL goal against the Redwings in his first game back, this past weekend. With the Wild ever-changing forward lines, Zucker could find himself in a more prominent role sooner than later. Currently he finds himself playing with Matt Cullen and Devin Setoguchi.

Stefan Elliot, Colorado Avalanche

After a solid rookie campaign with the Av’s last season, the offensive minded blue liner is back with the big team after dealing with some knee issues. Stefan Elliot is considered as being a big building block for the Avalanche down the road, and may begin paying serious dividends immediately. He may not be in the best form currently, but his vision and hockey intelligence are undeniable, as he gets more games under his belt, his numbers will grow.

Johan Larsson, Minnesota Wild

The 20 year old Swede is only into his first North American season, and has not disappointed. His transition has been a smooth one, recording 27 points in 50 games with the Aeros. The hard working, two-way player finds himself on a line with Cal Clutterbuck and Kyle Brodziak, a pretty solid NHL line. As for his fantasy value, let his game develop and see if the numbers follow. He’s mature beyond his years, and is a player to keep an eye on.

Next ones up...

Carter Camper, Boston Bruins

He’s slick, he’s smart, he’s offensively gifted, and I’m sure you saw this coming; he’s also lacks NHL size. We’ve heard that time and time again, and for some players they never overcome that hump, but some do and go onto great NHL careers. The 24 year old has come on strong this season, and has found a knack to dish the puck. Bad news for Camper is with the Bruins in hot pursuit of Stanley, and with cap space to burn, they’d rather look for veteran help at forward, than call-up someone with no experience.

Landon Ferraro, Detroit Red Wings

After somewhat struggling in his first full AHL season, Landon Ferraro has come out with a very respectable second season which see’s him tally 33 points in 47 games. With some of his teammates all getting a sniff with the big team, it won’t be long till Landon gets his shot at some point. I would not be surprised to see him fill a role full-time starting next season in Detroit.

Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning

Here’s another Tampa prospect with offensive ability and capable of putting up respectable numbers. He’s also surpassed his point total of last year in 20 less games. He may not get a sniff this year, but he is one to monitor and see if he can possibly become a point per game player. The 21 year old Czech is currently stuck in a log jam of talented forwards in the Lightning system.

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