Rocco Grimaldi
Rocco Grimaldi
27-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 two-year, $4 million contract extension with the Predators in February of 2020.
Delivers helper
CNashville Predators
March 2, 2020
Grimaldi posted an assist and two shots on goal in Monday's 8-3 loss to the Oilers.
ANALYSIS
Grimaldi ended a four-game dry spell with his helper in the second period. He's got career-bests in goals (10), points (31), plus-minus (plus-10), and shots (117) through 62 contests this year. The 27-year-old winger isn't overly physical though -- his value in most standard fantasy formats is very limited.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    12:39
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:08
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
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9:39
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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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Signs on for two more years
CNashville Predators
February 24, 2020
Grimaldi signed a two-year, $4 million extension with the Predators on Monday.
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One of each in win
CNashville Predators
February 13, 2020
Grimaldi had a goal, an assist and a plus-4 rating in Thursday's 5-0 win over the Islanders.
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Contributes helper
CNashville Predators
February 4, 2020
Grimaldi gathered an assist and two shots on goal in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win over the Jets.
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Second straight multi-point effort
CNashville Predators
January 5, 2020
Grimaldi netted a goal and added an assist in Sunday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Ducks.
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Reaches 20-point plateau
CNashville Predators
January 4, 2020
Grimaldi scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Kings.
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