27-Year-Old Center – Anaheim Ducks
Derek Grant Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $650,000 deal with the Ducks in July of 2017.
Grant was a healthy scratch for the fourth time in nine games against Pittsburgh on Wednesday, and he's averaged just 7:49 of ice time through the five contests he's suited up for.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The 26-year-old Grant was brilliant for AHL Stockton this past season, scoring 27 goals and 45 points in 36 games. His strong performance earned him a 15-game call-up with the Flames, but he managed just one assist and a minus-7 rating. Still, it was enough for the Sabres to sign him to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000. With the Sabres ushering rookies nearly every single year, Grant will have to win a roster spot in camp, but itís more likely that he spends the majority of the season with AHL Rochester. In case of injuries, Grant will also likely be one of the teamís first call-up options, possessing size and playing experience that would allow him to step in with ease.
Grant spent the majority of 2013-14 with AHL Binghamton, where he racked up 12 goals and 10 assists in 46 games. He did get an extended look at the NHL level, but only posted two assists in 20 appearances with the Sens. He'll likely see a decent amount of action at the NHL level again this season, but he projects as a depth forward at best.
The 23-year-old played his first five NHL games last year yet failed to crack the scoresheet. Unless he lights up the AHL, Grant carries little to no value in fantasy leagues.
Grant continued his professional development in 2011-12 playing in 60 games with Ottawa's AHL affiliate in Binghamton, recording eight goals and 15 assists. He's a raw prospect, but has some nice potential standing at 6-3 and 190 pounds. Look for him to once again spend a full season in the AHL in 2012-13 with a possible chance at seeing some NHL games the following season.
The 21-year-old Grant, who left Michigan State after two years, got his first taste of pro hockey in 2011, playing in 14 regular season games for Ottawa's AHL affiliate in Binghamton, notching a goal and five assists. He also played in seven playoff games, recording a goal and an assist. The 6'3", 190-pound center will spend his first full season at the pro level this year where he'll continue to refine his game. He's a smart, playmaking center with nice size, but will need to add some more muscle to his frame before challenging for a spot in Ottawa's lineup. Grant is likely two years away from being considered for the big club.