Top Fantasy Prospects – Movers and Shakers

Stuart McDonald




The big movers on the Top 200 prospects list this month include an undrafted Newfoundlander, a western boy whose  twin sister might be a better athlete, and a speedy Swede who is not much bigger than Zdeno Chara's stick. 


Teddy Purcell, a 6'3, 200-pound winger, jumped up and grabbed the minutes left by Patrick O'Sullivan who was  moved in a three-way deal to Edmonton March 4th. Originally undrafted, Purcell excelled for the University of  Maine before being signed by LA. He then proceeded to tear up the AHL, easily leading all rookies in scoring.  


Purcell really hasn't looked back and is destined to be a top-six forward in the NHL. He excels on the power play where his gifted hands and great reach come in handy. Still ridiculously underrated by some because he went  undrafted, Purcell has been on a tear of late. He has three goals and eight points in his last 10 games, making  the O'Sullivan trade look shrewd. Purcell moved from 14th to 7th in the top 200 this month.


In between periods at Hamilton Bulldog games, the video scoreboard regularly shows player interviews. One Bulldog was asked what he would do if he wasn't a hockey player. He replied, "I'd be Matt D'Agostini's agent." Good call. D'Agostini was lined up with Alexei Kovalev and Tomas Plekanec by new coach Bob Gainey in early March. Since Gainey is the big dog in Montreal, the 6th rounder's future looks bright in la Belle Province. D'Agostini's plus/minus is terrible and he's since been moved off the No. 1 line, but that's more a reflection of his poor defensive work than his offensive ability. On a team deep in young talent, D'Agostini has very similar numbers to Sergei Kostitsyn, Maxim Lapierre and Guillaume Latendresse. His lower profile and great wheels make him an under the radar prospect to watch. The "Dagger" moved from 35th to 23rd in the top 200.    


Jamie Benn is yet another late-round pick who is playing like a first rounder. Dallas' 5th rounder in 2007 has 46 goals and 82 points in 56 WHL games.  Benn is fifth in WHL points-per-game and leads the league in goals-per-game. The 6'2, 205-pound winger is only 19 and has serious potential as an NHL power forward. Benn was a big mover this month going from 73rd to 19th.


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