Rocco Grimaldi
Rocco Grimaldi
26-Year-Old CenterC
Nashville Predators
Day-To-Day
Injury Lower Body
Est. Return 10/15/2019
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.
May return Tuesday
CNashville Predators
Lower Body
October 14, 2019
Grimaldi (lower body) was featured on the fourth line in Monday's practice, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Grimaldi has missed the last two contests but was considered day-to-day prior to both of them. His presence at practice indicates he should be good to go sooner rather than later. Expect Grimaldo to return to his bottom-six role Tuesday in Vegas or Thursday in Arizona.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    11:24
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:06
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:02
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
0:00
0:00
0:00
2017–18
9:39
0:09
0:00
2018–19
0:00
0:00
0:00
2018–19
10:00
0:02
0:01
2019–20
11:24
0:06
0:02
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2014
2013
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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No-go against L.A.
CNashville Predators
Lower Body
October 11, 2019
Grimaldi (lower body) won't play Saturday against the Kings, Thomas Willis of the Predators' official site reports.
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Won't play Thursday
CNashville Predators
Lower Body
October 10, 2019
Grimaldi won't suit up for Thursday's clash against the Capitals and is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
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Game-time call
CNashville Predators
October 10, 2019
Grimaldi (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's matchup with Washington, Thomas Willis of the Predators' official site reports.
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First helper of season
CNashville Predators
October 9, 2019
Grimaldi notched his first point of the season with an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Sharks.
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Given one-year deal
CNashville Predators
August 6, 2019
Grimaldi was awarded a one-year, $1 million contract with Nashville on Tuesday.
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