Ramblings – Kane Suspended, Kucherov Rolling, Prospect Talk and More… (June 06)



Hard at work on the Fantasy Prospects Report, which will come out the afternoon of June 14. It is the 16th edition and has been an invaluable resource for keeper and dynasty leaguers. You can pre-order it here.


The Blue Jackets signed free agent Joona Luoto to a two-way contract last week. I found that interesting because the Winnipeg Jets already gave him a shot a couple of years ago. But now he's 24 and closer to his prime. He is a big (6-3) winger and his numbers in Finland weren't great. While he was in North America he totaled eight points in 29 AHL games. But, what caught my eye was the likely reason for the sudden interest by the Jackets. His Liiga postseason was outstanding. Luoto had 17 points in 14 games to lead everyone – and the next best was 10 points. He was named the best playoff player (Jari Kurri Award) and led Tappara to the title. Between that clutch performance during key games and his size, I can see the appeal. Remember one of my core teachings here: big men (6-3 or over) take a couple extra years to come into their own.

The Jackets let the rights to draft pick Marcus Karlberg go, leaving him unsigned.


Here is the full list of unsigned prospects who either go back into the draft (if they're 20 and were drafted in 2018) and/or just become unrestricted free agents because their organization did not sign them by June 1:

BUF – Linus Lindstrand Cronholm, Miska Kukkonen, William Worge Kreu

CGY – Ryan Francis*

CAR – Lenni Killinen

CHI – Niklas Nordgren, Chad Yetman

COL – Nils Aman

CBJ – Karlberg*

DAL – Albin Eriksson*

DET – Jesper Eliasson*, Alex Cotton*, Otto Kivenmaki*

EDM – Patrik Siikanen

FLA – Justin Schutz

MIN – Filip Johansson*

MTL – Jacob Olofsson*

NJD – Benjamin Baumgartner, Eetu Pakkila*

NYR – Jacob Ragnarsson*, Evan Vierling*

OTT- Eric Engstrand

PHI – Connor McClennon*, Marcus Westfalt

SJS – Linus Oberg*

TBL – Declan McDonnell*

VAN – Toni Utunen*

WSH – Bear Hughes*

Those with an asterisk are players I have in my prospects templates. I have most of them in there, unless they had zero percent chance of even remote fantasy value ever. But the players who jumped out at me were Francis, Vierling and McClennon. Here's a quick bit about those three:

Francis – The highest ranked of the group here on my