30-Year-Old Defenseman – Minnesota Wild
Nate Prosser Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $1.25 million contract with the Wild in July 2015.
Prosser (illness) took part in pregame warmups, but won't play Saturday against the Sabres, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
After appearing in 126 games over the last five seasons with the Wild, Prosser will join a crowded St. Louis blue line and will have to compete for a roster spot in training camp. With eight formidable candidates competing for six or seven roster spots, Prosser could very well find himself on the cut line, perhaps forcing him to open the campaign at AHL Chicago. If he does manage to make the Blues, expect Prosser to only see light minutes on the third pairing, where he'll offer little fantasy upside offensively or in the defensive categories.
Prosser, an undrafted free agent from Colorado College, will be a reserve defensemen for the Wild. He's likely to sit most nights as he's down on the depth chart.
Even though he went undrafted, Prosser was able to bring an offensive touch to the blue line as a member of the Houston Aeros, Minnesota's primary minor league affiliate, in 2010-11. His numbers included eight goals and 19 assists in 31 regular season games, and he also gained valuable experience in the 2011 Calder Cup playoffs. Fantasy owners understandably love two-way defenders, and Prosser fits the description but his lack of NHL experience (five games) should be enough to keep him out of the fantasy spotlight this season.
The Minnesota native signed with the Wild as a free agent this summer. He played his college hockey at Colorado College, where he was second in WCHA defenseman in scoring with 28 points (4 G, 24 A). He impressed team officials this preseason, so although he'll probably start the season in the minors, they're expecting him to be called up at some point during the season. When or if that does happen, he won't do anything to contribute to your fantasy team.