Ryan Murphy, Carolina Hurricanes
Note that this is only an ‘emergency call-up’, and the Hurricanes will need to return Ryan Murphy to juniors once the ‘emergency’ is over. It’s unknown how long that will last exactly, but in his first four games Murphy is averaging over 21 minutes of ice-time, also seeing significant time on the power-play. If you have him on your team stashed away as a keeper, great, if you’re in a year-to-year league, if you haven’t already, pick him up and let the kid play till he gets sent back down.
The 22 year old Colby Robak has shown flashes of offensive ability from the blueline, but instead of taking the next step this season, it's been a rather mediocre one for Robak on the farm, only posting 19 points in 52 games. With Brian Campbell and Dmitry Kulikov as the main offensive contributors from the back end, Colby will have to have to do something special from the third pairing to get some fantasy attention.
Zac Dalpe, Carolina Hurricanes
It’s been the waiting game for both Zac Dalpe and the Hurricanes organization, as the 23 year old enters his third year in and out of Carolina’s line-up. Dalpe has improved his all-round game, and is not only just an offensive threat these days. Currently he finds himself on the third line with Jiri Tlusty and Riley Nash, but with some good play Dalpe could easily jump into a top six role. The third time may be the charm for Dalpe.
Marc-Andre Gragnani, Carolina Hurricanes
Well, I may as well have renamed this article ‘Hurricane Watch’, Marc-Andre Gragnani has become a well travelled defenseman, which is surprising, especially after many thought he was in the pro’s to stay with his showing in the 2011 NHL playoffs when he recorded 7 points in 7 games as a Sabre, nonetheless he finds himself in Carolina now. The offensive defenseman could see his value go up, whenever Ryan Murphy gets sent back down. For now, he’s not worth a look, playing only 7:53 in his first game.
Next ones up:
The new AHL league leader in points is... Tyler Johnson. The 22 year old, undrafted forward has been discussed in this feature before, the Lightning have had great success with young forwards this year as Cory Conacher, and now Alex Killorn have made very positive impressions on the club. I don’t think Tyler Johnson is too far behind.
The power forward has 16 NHL games under his belt with Ottawa and Chicago, and he’s itching for more. He’s proven it by leading a young Portland Pirates team to a respectable record, and his own offensive numbers (14 goals, 30 assists, in 52 games) are worthy of a call-up sometime soon. Rob Klinkhammer has the ability to play on any line, and is showing progress on both sides of the game.
Looking for the next European sleeper goalie? Frederik Andersen is your man. The big goalie has all the physical attributes to be a starting goalie, the knock on the 23 year old Dane is lack of experience, but in his first pro season in Norfolk in the AHL, Frederik has posted a 2.22 GAA and 0.931 SV%, excellent numbers to say the least. There has been some talk of a possible Jonas Hiller trade out of Anaheim, some of the reasoning behind that is the emergence of Viktor Fasth, and the other, is the emergence of this fellow.