The Fastest Rising Forward Prospects – February 2017

Kevin LeBlanc


The Journey examines Dobber’s Top 200 Forward Prospects list, and assesses the fast risers in the February rankings. Check back next week when we take a closer look at the fastest rising prospect defensemen for this month.



Pavel Buchnevich – New York Rangers – Up to 10th from 26th Overall


Buchnevich has had a hot and cold rookie season in the NHL, but has shown a glimpse of being a top-end talent and a key part of the Rangers offensive future. A back injury caused him to miss nearly two months in mid-November, but he returned with a bang, posting six points in his first four games back in the lineup this January.


Since that point, Buchnevich has been riding the first extended cold stretch of his young NHL career, with just one point in his last eight games. His ice time has dropped dramatically over those eight games both at even strength and on the power play as he found himself on New York’s fourth line with Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast. Buchnevich may spend some time as a healthy scratch as the Rangers potentially add a roster player or two on the hope of an extended playoff run, so watch his usage carefully. That type of demotion is by no means an indication of his future, which appears to be quite bright in the Big Apple.



Christian Fischer – Arizona Coyotes – Up to 61st from 131st Overall


It seems like each week in this space, we are touting another Coyotes rookie as a top prospect or a fast riser. This week is no exception with Fischer.


The 2015 second round selection by Arizona has performed admirably in his first full professional season in the American Hockey League. He is averaging just below a point-per-game pace in the AHL, with 34 points in 35 games, which is good for second on the Tucson Roadrunners in scoring. His hot start in the AHL was rewarded by a three-game call-up to the Coyotes in late January where he scored twice. Look for Fischer to move back and forth between Tucson and the NHL for the remainder of the season, especially with the Coyotes uncertain roster situation following the trade deadline.



Kenny Agostino – St. Louis Blues – Up to 83rd from 287th Overall


The former Yale Bulldog and Calgary Flame has found new lease on life in the St. Louis organization this season. He currently leads all AHL scorers with 60 points in 48 games, 13 points clear of Philadelphia prospect Jordan Weal who has 47 points in 43 games.


Agostino has fared