The Journey: Preaching Patience (Parssinen, Kaliyev, Rathbone)

Benjamin Gehrels


Welcome back to The Journey, where we follow hockey prospects and their paths to the NHL, providing fantasy predictions and analysis along the way. This week, we will look at several prospects who have excellent track records dating back to junior but seem unlikely to become meaningful fantasy contributors for the next couple years. Although some prospects make the transition to the NHL look easy, the reality is that most players will need at least a few seasons to really hit their stride and show what they are capable of.

Juuso Parssinen, 21, was just called up for the Predators. I continue to be baffled that Philip Tomasino remains with Milwaukee (AHL) while guys like Parssinen get a call up but the Nashville brass clearly feels it's best for his development right now. Milwaukee is one of the best teams in the AHL again this year, so it is probably not hurting him to be playing big minutes in all situations alongside talented players like Luke Evangelista.

Tomasino will be back in a Predators uniform before long, so just hold him if you have him in keeper or dynasty formats. On the flip side, now is an excellent time to buy low on a great two-way player who is a lock to play in an NHL team's top six—even if it doesn't end up being with Nashville, who are loaded with ageing forwards on expensive long-term contracts.

There are quite a few players at or near a point-per-game pace on the Admirals right now, and that group includes Parssinen, who has nine points in 10 games. After a couple solid years in Finland's top men's league (74 points in 96 games), Parssinen joined the Admirals for the AHL playoffs last year in a depth role, so he is still fairly new to the North American game.

He has a hard, accurate shot that he loves to unload as a one-timer from the half wall with