Frank Vatrano

by Mike Drover on January 21, 2017

 

Frank Vatrano, C

Shoots: L

Height: 5-9

Weight: 201

Born: 1994-03-14

Hometown: East Longmeadow, MA

Drafted: Undrafted

 

Observations:

January 2017 - Vatrano has been bumped up to the top line. The talented young winger scored twice playing with Marchand and Bergeron earlier this week, but posted nil in his lpst game. If he finds some consistency he will be in for a big second half in a very favourable position. Mike Drover

December 2016 - Vatrano has been cleared to play for the Providence Bruins. Vatrano, whom many considered the Bruins' most NHL-ready prospect entering this season, is a threat for consistent scoring at the NHL level as early as this season. Vatrano is certainly further along in his development than some of the prospects currently on the roster, and will make his way onto the Bruins' lineup sooner rather than later. Mike Drover 

September 2016 - Vatrano will be out approximately three months while he recovers from surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left foot. The loss of Vatrano and is a tough blow to both the player and to fantasy owners. Vatrano seemed poised to start the year with the Bruins after a promising introduction to the league in 2015-2016. While the time table is only three months, owners have to be concerned that another prospect will solidify a role on the Bruins in the first half. Vatrano still plays for the Bruins at some point this season, but what went from a promising campaign has now become a salvage run. Michael Drover

March 2016 – Frank Vatrano will join Boston on their three-game west coast trip this week. In the span of one year Frank Vatrano has gone from a prospect almost nobody had heard of to one of the top prospects in the Bruins system. He is absolutely killing it in the AHL, to the tune of 31 goals and 46 points in just 31 games. He's still only 5-foot-9 but he's playing like Mike Bossy. Michael Boeckler

November 2015 – Vatrano's dream beginning to this season continues. He has now played two games with Boston, scored one goal and earned praise from coach Julien for his determined play thus far. He likely won't stay in Boston for too much longer - David Pastnrak is due back in the near future - but he's making it awfully difficult for the Bruins to send him back to the AHL. Michael Boeckler

September 2015 – Vatrano has opened the season on an absolute tear. In the first 10 games he has potted 10 goals and added two assists, placing him fourth in the AHL scoring race. The Massachusetts sniper has always been known for his shooting - but no one was expecting this. Michael Boeckler

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

Vatrano, a late bloomer, isn't big and his game isn't well-rounded. But he's got a wicked shot, and is ready to jump to the NHL.

 

 

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Frank Vatrano UMass highlights 2014-15:

 

 

 

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