Rocco Grimaldi

by Hayden Soboleski on September 25, 2017

Rocco Grimaldi, C

Shoots: R

Height: 5-6

Weight: 181

Born: 1993-02-08

Hometown: Rossmoor,  CA

Drafted: 2011 by Florida Panthers, 33rd Overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

September 2017 - Grimaldi has once again been assigned to the AHL for the start of the 2017-18 season. He will be among the first forwards called up when an injury occurs, but his long term future is looking to be in the AHL. He must clear waivers before being assigned to the Rampage, but there is only a small chance another team takes a chance on the small but hard-working pivot. Hayden Soboleski

 

July 2017 - Grimaldi has signed a 1-year deal with the Avalanche. He will once again push for a 4th-line spot out of training camp, but probably be placed in the AHL regardess of his good production and energetic play because the team seems to be incapable of giving the tiny playmaker a real chance. If he does earn a shot, he will produce better than an average 4th-liner. Hayden Soboleski

 

April 2017 - Grimaldi has been called up to the Avs, presumably for the rest of season as injuries are becoming season-ending. Despite having his most productive AHL season yet (51 points in 68 games), and an outstanding training camp at the start of the year, he has seen only one game of NHL action so far. He has the potential to pitch in a few points over the last few games of the season. If he can't make himself stand out in this brief stint, it seems unlikely the Avs will ever intend to play him in the big league. Hayden Soboleski

 

October 2016 - After a very strong training camp, Grimaldi has been assigned to the AHL for the start of the season. This is surprising given the offence he has shown while still being a defensive prescence, but it's better for the player to keep the pace going in San Antonio rather be sitting in the NHL press box for half a season. He will be frst in line for call-ups when the need arises, especially in the top-six, as he demonstrated his dangerous shot and natural offensive instints can power a forward line. Hayden Soboleski

 

September 2016 - Grimaldi is making up for being the smallest player in Training Camp by being one of the best listeners on the ice. Coaches have noted his ability to learn from their notes - which is a huge deal for the player who will be fighting for a bottom-six spot with lots of internal competition. He has shown his offence as well with his impressive shot. Fntasy owners can certainly bet on Grimaldi receiving an NHL look at various times throughout the season, how often that comes along will depend on his performance. He has made a strong case so far for deserving an opening night spot. Hayden Soboleski 

 

June 2016 - Grimaldi has been traded to the Colorado Avalanche. He should have no problem fighting for an NHL roster spot out of training camp, and will be a top call-up candidate if he fails to make the squad (unlikely). Given the talent accumulating on the Avs roster, Grimaldi could find himself in a good fantasy-hockey position this fall. Hayden Soboleski

 

Jan 2016 – After an injury early in the 2015-16 campaign, Grimaldi has been putting together a strong sophomore season in the AHL. He has six goals and nine assists for 15 points through 21 games with the Portland Pirates. He has been scoring at a more consistent pace in January, with five points in seven games. Grimaldi should see time with the NHL club this season and likely will be a fixture in their bottom six in 2016-17. Lee Rayson

February 2015 - Grimaldi had his most productive month of the season in January, posting 11 points in 13 games pushing him into third for the team lead in scoring.  He also had his highest shot total of any month directing 26 shots on the opposition goalies.  As of February 4th he has five points in his past three games with 13 shots on goal exhibiting his growing confidence.  A fan favourite during his brief call up earlier in the season, Grimaldi is certainly making a push to get another opportunity with Florida in the near future. Lee Rayson

January 2014 - Grimaldi continues to do well while the rest of his team struggles. He has 20 points in 22 games and UND are only 12-7-3. His 81 SOG are once again a strong sign. Nathan Kanter

November 2013 - Grimaldi leads the team in scoring with 10 points through 10 games. UND has struggled, going 4-5-1. Last season they went 5-3-2 in their first 10 games. Without the firepower of Corban Knight and Danny Kristo from last year, North Dakota so far has lacked offense from someone other than Grimaldi. Grimaldi is firing lots of rubber on net (42 SOG in 10 games) but nobody else is, as Luke Johnson ranks second on the team in SOG with just 20 in 10 games. Nathan Kanter

July 2013 - Grimaldi attended Florida's prospect camp in early July and looked to be his typical speedy self. His size will always be an issue but his skills appear to be coming together nicely and he could certainly be of fantasy value one day. Florida's impressive depth (and size) down the middle only adds to that likelihood. For now, he is headed back to North Dakota for his junior year, so owners must stay patient. Nathan Kanter

March 2013 – Grimaldi was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team last week after recording 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points in 34 games in his first full season with North Dakota. He followed that up by posting three assists, 12 shots on goal, and a plus-2 rating against Michigan Tech in the best 2-of-3 series, helping UND advance to the Final Five quarter-final where they will now take on Colorado College. Nathan Kanter

January 2012 - Grimaldi had a weak opening three games of the tournament, playing his way from the first line down to the fourth line and, eventually, was stapled to the bench. After the benching he showed signs of life on the checking line, and then turned in a fine performance in the Gold Medal Game. He scored both goals in the 2-1 win, though both goals involved weird/lucky bounces. His skill was evident, as was his determination. Concerned about the consistency and the fact that it took a benching to get him going....May have been the product of a terrible line chemistry early on. Dobber

December 2012 - Grimaldi was one of the 27 American players named to the USA Preliminary roster for the upcoming 2013 World Junior Championships. The undersized forward stands a great chance at making the final roster as he has shown USA Hockey that his knee injury is fully rehabilitated scoring 11 points for the University of North Dakota this season. Brendan Ross

October 2012 - Grimaldi has shown zero ill effects from his knee injury. He is tearing up the NCAA on a line with Montreal prospect Danny Kristo, and after a tremendous preseason he has continued his strong play with a point in each of his first two contests for North Dakota. With seven shots in two games, he's picking up where he left off in terms of his aggressive play. Dobber

March 2012 – A very small player who is solid on his skates, Grimaldi has incredible hands and quick feet. A serious knee injury cost him his freshman season at North Dakota, but he is expected to make a full recovery and be ready in the fall. The feisty winger had 73 points in 58 games for the USDP in 2010-11. Rich Dillon

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

A dynamic offensive player in a very small package. He's close, and could grab a spot at any time.

 

Footage:

Rocco Grimaldi shootout goal:

 

 

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