The Fastest Rising Forward Prospects (November 2016)

Kevin LeBlanc


The Journey examines Dobber’s top forward prospect list and assesses the fast risers in the November rankings.

Check back next week when we will take a closer look at the fastest rising defensemen in this months rankings.


Jonathan Marchessault – Florida Panthers – Up to 5th from 51st Overall


Marchessault has been a huge addition to the Panthers lineup this season, filling the scoring void left when Jonathan Huberdeau went down with a lengthy achilles injury. The forwards 13 points in 14 games are on pace to shatter the 18 points he posted in 45 games last season by the end of the month. Marchessault currently ranks in the Top 25 in the NHL in goals, points, power play points, and shots on goal.


Playing alongside Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr has aided his breakout season, but he did have good numbers in limited time last season as well, so there was some evidence that if he got the opportunity he could be productive. Not too shabby for a player that fantasy owners likely could have picked up on waivers or in re-entry drafts to start the season.


Jake Guentzel – Pittsburgh Penguins – Up to 33rd Overall from 80th Overall


Former University of Nebraska-Omaha product Jake Guentzel started his professional career with a bang last year, appearing in 21 regular season and playoff games for the AHL’s Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins, totaling 20 points.


He has proven that the small sample size from a year ago was no fluke, as Guentzel has put up another 12 points in 10 games for Wilkes Barre/Scranton this season. The 2013 third round pick has a high hockey IQ and is a responsible forward in all three zones. He is a willing playmaker who has produced points at every level, with his only knock being his size. Look for Guentzel to be one of the Penguins first call-ups from the AHL in case of an injury.


Denis Malgin – Florida Panthers – Up to 50th Overall from 169th Overall


Malgin is another player who has benefitted from the rash of injuries the Panthers have suffered to start the season. The young winger has appeared in all 14 games and has tallied two goals and three assists on the season, despite playing just over 11 minutes per game. He has been trending upwards recently, with four points in his last six games.


Although he is only 19, Malgin is AHL eligible and could split time between the Panthers affiliate in Springfield and the NHL. With the Panthers having Stanley Cup aspirations, it’s possible that Malgin could be pushed out when their regulars return to the lineup, and throughout the season if any additional pieces are added.