24-Year-Old Center – Winnipeg Jets
Patrice Cormier Contract Information:
Agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Jets in July of 2014. Contract is worth $625,000 at the NHL level.
Cormier cleared waivers and was assigned to AHL St. John's on Wednesday.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Cormier is still a long way from the NHL. Despite a limited upside, Cormier might still develop into a useful NHL player someday, but for fantasy purposes you should ignore him.
Cormier spelled some injured Jet forwards in 2011-2012, but his presence never resonated on the stat sheet to any great length. Expect the lone piece left on the Jets from the Ilya Kovalchuk trade to log a healthy dose of big-club minutes in 2012-2013, but be sure only to draft him in a long-term prospect capacity.
Cormier had just one goal and one assist in 21 games with the Thrashers last season. When he does make it to the NHL as a day to day starter, his biggest assets will come on the defensive side of the puck, as he exemplified throughout his junior career. As such, there is no reason to select Cormier in your fantasy draft.
Cormier is considered one of the top prospects in the Thrashersâ€™ organization and General Manager Rick Dudley thinks Cormier has a good chance of earning a spot in the NHL this year. He exhibited solid two -way play in the World Junior Hockey Championship last year and will look to bring that to the pro level. For now though, Cormier does not deserve a spot on your fantasy roster and needs to prove he has the mental toughness and attitude to become a mainstay in the NHL.