Rocco Grimaldi
Rocco Grimaldi
26-Year-Old CenterC
Nashville Predators
2019 Fantasy Outlook
During his first season with the Predators in 2018-19, Grimaldi notched five goals and 13 points while posting a minus-2 rating in 53 games. The 26-year-old only averaged 10 minutes of ice time per contest last year, and should play more this winter, but he's still expected to fill a fourth-line role, capping his fantasy upside. Grimaldi doesn't contribute enough in the non-scoring categories to be a viable fantasy option, so he can safely be ignored in all formats this campaign. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Predators in August of 2019.
Adds to modest point total
CNashville Predators
November 8, 2019
Grimaldi snapped a three-game scoring slump with an assist in Thursday's 9-4 loss to the Avalanche.
ANALYSIS
Now with eight points in 13 contests, Grimaldi looks like a sure bet to surpass the 13 points he scored last year in his rookie season with the Preds. His fantasy upside remains limited, however, as he continues to skate on the team's third line with Nick Bonino and Craig Smith, with an average TOI of just 11:36.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    11:55
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:08
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
0:00
0:00
0:00
2017–18
9:39
0:09
0:00
2018–19
0:00
0:00
0:00
2018–19
10:00
0:02
0:01
2019–20
11:55
0:08
0:01
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Despite a solid showing with both AHL San Antonio -- 31 points in 49 games -- and three points in his six games with the Avalanche last season, the 5-foot-6 pivot parted ways with the Avalanche this offseason and heads to the Music City to serve in a similar role for the Predators. Grimaldi's biggest struggles come on the defensive end of the ice, where he's totaled a combined minus-35 rating over the last two seasons in the AHL. It's highly unlikely Grimaldi will find much ice time with the Predators in 2018-19, but perhaps a change of scenery and a new system will do him some good.
Checking in at 5-foot-6 and 170 pounds, Grimaldi is a prototypical pint-sized pocket rocket, using his exceptional speed to overcome his measurables. In so doing, Grimaldi finished his college career at the University of North Dakota with 17 goals and 39 points in 42 games as a junior, before electing to jump to the pros. With a glut of centers on the Panthers’ roster at present and for the foreseeable future, a move to right wing could be Grimaldi’s easiest path to the NHL. The 21-year-old is expected to open the campaign at AHL San Antonio, but if the scoring acumen he demonstrated during his college career quickly carries over the minors, it won’t be long before he’s a fixture in South Florida.
Grimaldi is just 20 years old, and will probably remain at the University of North Dakota for his Junior season. He had a big year in 2012-13, in which he racked up 13 goals and 23 assists in 40 games for the Fighting Sioux. He certainly appears to have a bright future ahead of him, but the Panthers will have to wait for him to finish his college career before giving him a chance to make an impact as a professional.
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A hat trick of helpers
CNashville Predators
October 29, 2019
Grimaldi had three assists and was plus-3 with two shots on goal in a 3-0 win over Chicago on Tuesday.
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Pots first goal
CNashville Predators
October 22, 2019
Grimaldi scored a goal on three shots in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Ducks.
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Assist in return
CNashville Predators
October 15, 2019
Grimaldi (lower body) posted an assist and two shots while skating 12:51 in a 5-2 win over the Golden Knights on Tuesday.
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Expected to play
CNashville Predators
October 15, 2019
Grimaldi (lower body) is in the projected lineup for Tuesday's game against the Golden Knights, NHL.com's Thomas Willis reports.
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May return Tuesday
CNashville Predators
Lower Body
October 14, 2019
Grimaldi (lower body) skated on the fourth line in Monday's practice, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
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