The Journey: Top Rising Forward Prospects – Part Two

Dave Hall

2021-03-20

Welcome back to The Journey. If you missed it last week, I covered the first half of Dobber's latest Top 200 Forward Prospect rankings rising prospects. As promised, I will be continuing this list, as March saw a significant number of jumps and dumps. Let's get right into it.

Jonatan Berggren, Red Wings (Ranked – Jan: 112, Feb: 80, Mar: 67)

Looking to add a points-only beast? Detroit's own Jonatan Berggren is making an interesting case for himself as a potential NHL threat in the next few seasons. With knee injuries standing in his way of seeing proper growth over the past two seasons, the second-rounder is enjoying a hefty statistical boost in 2020-21.

His 41 points are good for sixth league-wide (SHL), all-the-while dominating his age class in the same regard. He's an offensive-minded, somewhat undersized winger with soft hands, fluid skating abilities, and the potential to become a solid top-six threat with the Red Wings. While it is a possibility, it's likely that we do not see him in Red and White next season, but owners should expect potential deployment over the next 2-3 seasons.

Trent Frederic, Bruins (Ranked – Jan: 101, Feb: 103, Mar: 81)

From a points-only playmaker to a banger league dynamo. Trent Frederic plays polar opposite to Berggren, in that he loves to go hard on the puck carrier and isn't afraid to shed the mitts when asked, either. With just five NHL points on the year, and 32 his AHL career-best, the point totals are few and far between. However, he brings much value in all the uncommon areas and should be targeted in deeper multi-cats. 

Dylan Holloway, Oilers (Ranked – Jan: 116, Feb: 118, Mar: 82)

Holloway, Edmonton's lastest first-round pick, is as versatile as they come and basically fits in all fantasy formats. At 6-1, 203-pounds, he has the size to handle his own, more importantly, has the work ethic to effectively utilize that size. He has a "never quit" motor and should translate well as a pro. While he doesn’t have the softest hands in the league, he has no issues creating offense and racking up points.

This season, as a sophomore, Holloway finished fourth in NCAA scoring with 34 points (G+ A) for the Wisconsin Badgers, a total that has awarded him a Hobey Baker nomination. He has sure top-six potential, meaning he should slide in alongside some true superstars to pad his stats over the next decade. 

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