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.
Given one-year deal
CNashville Predators
August 6, 2019
Grimaldi was awarded a one-year, $1 million contract with Nashville on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Grimaldi earned a well-deserved salary increase, after he posted career highs in points (13), assists (8), goals (5) and games (53) last season. Even with his diminutive 5-foot-6 frame, the North Dakota product added a nice spark to the lineup during the playoff series against Dallas, where he scored three goals in five games. Expect the 26-year-old to spend most, if not all of his time with the big club during the 2019-20 season.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
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2016–17
0:00
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2016–17
11:00
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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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Extended qualifying offer
CNashville Predators
June 25, 2019
Grimaldi was qualified by Nashville on Tuesday, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
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Likely to be re-signed
CNashville Predators
May 4, 2019
Predators GM David Poile said he has every intention of re-signing Grimaldi before next season.
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Best Pred once again
CNashville Predators
April 20, 2019
Grimaldi scored a goal in Saturday's 5-3 loss to Dallas in Game 5 of the Western Conference first round.
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Good to go
CNashville Predators
April 20, 2019
Grimaldi (undisclosed) is on the ice for pregame warmups, indicating he'll be in the lineup for Saturday's Game 5 against the Stars, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.
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Considered day-to-day
CNashville Predators
Undisclosed
April 19, 2019
Grimaldi was labeled day-to-day by coach Peter Laviolette after the winger took a maintenance day Friday, John Glennon of The Athletic reports.
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