The Journey: Top Forward Keeper Prospects – Part Two

Dave Hall


Welcome back. Over the past few weeks, I have focused on Dobber's rankings lists, as I know fantasy draft season is well upon us. So far, I have covered goalies, defenders, and part one of a long list of forwards. If you missed them, make sure to check them out.

This week, I will cover the second half of the forward group and which will wrap up my keeper series. For this list, I have veered off from my usual Top 200 Forwards Prospect Rankings (which was just updated in December) and focused my attention on the Top 300 Keeper Skaters Rankings.

Here are your final prospects.

Philip Tomasino, C, Predators (Keeper Rank: 247)

Tomasino falls under the usual category of "too good for the CHL, but maybe not quite up to NHL caliber, yet".  As a result, the annual question that surrounds many prospects will be asked – will he play in the NHL or will they be sent back to the OHL to basically wreak havoc in the junior system? He is certainly a strong player and with 196 points at the junior level, has nothing left to prove. It is a shame that there are no secondary options. 

The extended rosters should assist his odds of making the club out of camp, and he will likely fight for a spot between Eeli Tolvanen and Yakov Trenin, assuming they would move Tomasino to the wing. At the very least, a nine-game stint poses as another realistic option – whatever that may look like with the new shortened season.

He’s a Swiss-army knife type of player, and while he may not provide instant fantasy implications as a sheltered rookie, should be a strong performer at the NHL level in just a few short seasons. 

Grigori Denisenko, LW, Panthers (Keeper Rank: 249)

His ELC deal is officially signed and Denisenko will be heading to Sunrise to compete for his first taste of NHL action. Looking at the roster, it looks as if they kept a spot open for him, likely on the club's third line. With the shortened season, I do expect him to stick with the club, rather than an AHL stint. At least at first, just to see