Seth Griffith

by Jason Banks on July 1, 2017

Seth Griffith - Courtesy of OntarioHockeyLeague.com

 

Seth Griffith, C/RW

Shoots: R

Height: 5-10

Weight: 185

Born: 1993-01-04

Hometown: Wallaceburg, ON

Drafted: 2012 by Boston Bruins, 131st Overall

 

 

Observations:

July 2017 – The former Boston draftee signed a one-year deal with the Sabres as a UFA. This is a pivotal season for him because teams are starting to wonder if he's capable of being an NHL regular. Mark Allan

January 2017 – Man on the Move! Griffith was re-claimed by Toronto upon being waivered in Florida for lack of production and was promptly sent to the AHL. He jumps back into the fold as one of the top recalls if a high line player goes down with injury, but for the most part will likely spend most of his time in the AHL. The attractiveness of Griffith for the organization is that he is an RFA in the off season, so his rights will still be held, but on the surface, the forward squad on the Leafs is unlikely to see the changes next season that would be welcomed to him earning a roster position and the outlook becomes likely he will be exposed in the expansion draft and waivered if un-selected, again. Griffith remains an asset to watch as a fantasy manager, because if he finds a niche, he can be a rather nice, productive, cheap, mid-liner to carry. He is best off in another NHL organization, but can’t fault the team for wanting his type of insurance. Upon returning to the AHL, he has contributed five points in four games proving he is deserving to be in the mix for NHL opportunity. Jason Banks

January 2017 – After being claimed and replaced on waivers, Griffith has found a home in ‘The Sunshine State’ with the Panthers. His production is not yet attractive, but he is seeing regular minutes and with a few unfortunate injuries, he is moonlighting on the top line. Once it starts, he will be considered a breakout player, we just keep waiting for the ball to drop. He is a solid buy low candidate especially if you consider the talent around him once the squad is healthy. Jason Banks

October 2016 - The Toronto Maple Leafs used their top waiver priority status to claim former London Knight scoring star Seth Griffith. The LeafsMark Hunter is all too familiar with Griffith from their London days and the Griffith has plenty of scoring upside as evident in his 77 points in 57 AHL games in the AHL last year. Griffith should provide the Leafs with some more depth and a more experienced upgrade on their fourth line than some of the prospects in competition for a roster spot. The knock on Griffith has always been he is undersized but he is up to 191 pounds now and has excellent hands and a good shot. Peter Harling

October 2016 - In a surprise move, AHL stud scorer Seth Griffith was placed on waivers today by the Bruins organization. Griffith scored 77 points in 57 games for Providence last season and will likely be claimed by another team before noon tomorrow. Mike Drover 

March 2016 – Griffith is having an outstanding year in Providence. The 23-year-old has become a leader with the P-Bruins, and he currently sits second in AHL scoring with 63 points in 48 games. Other teams have taken notice - there was a report from Elliotte Friedman at the trade deadline indicating that there was interest in Griffith. It seems likely that he will get the first call-up should the Bruins need another forward. Look for Griffith to make the most of that chance should he get that call. Michael Boeckler

February 2015 – Griffith is excelling in Providence after spending 30 games with Boston. The emergence of David Pastrnak cut into Griffith's ice time, so the Bruins sent him to the AHL in early January. Since then he has eight goals and 15 points in 14 games with the P-Bruins. Look for Griffith to get the call back to Boston as soon as there is an opening. Michael Boeckler

May 2014 – Griffith led the Providence Bruins in scoring with six points in their 3-2 series win over Springfield. He had a strong season with 50 points in 69 games – fifth highest among AHL rookies. Griffith is a tenacious competitor with great hockey sense, and he is now showing the Bruins he has leadership skills in big games. Michael Boeckler

April 2013 - The Boston Bruins signed London Knights' forward Seth Griffith to an entry-level contract (three years). Griffith has recently returned from injury and has gradually eased himself back into production, registering two goals and six points through his first nine playoff games. Look for Griffith to gain momentum as his team faces off against a talented Plymouth Whalers team in the OHL Western Conference finals. Brendan Ross

March 2013 - Griffith remains sidelined with a broken injury but should return to action soon. Griffith finished the regular season with 33 goals and 81 points in just 54 games, which was good enough for 11th in OHL scoring. In the OHL Western Conference Poll, Griffith placed high in several categories including: Most Dangerous in Goal Area (2nd), Best Shot (2nd) and Best Shootout Shooter (3rd). Brendan Ross

September 2012 – Seth Griffith has been named the OHL Player of the Week to open the season after posting 5 goals, 6 points, 6 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating through two games. Look for Seth Griffith to challenge for the OHL scoring title in 2012-13. Brendan Ross

September 2012 – Passed over in his first eligible draft year, Seth Griffith made scouts notice his offensive creativity after posting 85 points to comfortably lead the London Knights in scoring. Despite being passed over, Griffith received an invite to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2011 camp but Boston snatched up Seth Griffith in the 5th round at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft after taking a liking to his soft hands, elite vision and strong playmaking abilities – all traits he honed from his lacrosse days in Wallaceburg. Griffith is considered small but his above-average hockey sense and elusive puck-handling should compensate for any deficiencies in size. Brendan Ross

 

Fantasy Outlook: C

Griffith is a responsible player with underrated upside, but he needs to step up, establish himself in a role and stop bouncing around the NHL.

 

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Griffith scores no-look between the legs goal:

 

 

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