Highlights from the waiver wire, 10/8/16 edition

Updated: October 8, 2016 at 11:30 am by Jonathan Willis

Today’s edition of highlights from the waiver wire includes a recent 11th overall draft pick and a trio of intriguing depth options at centre. Let’s jump try to the players.

  • RW Mitch Callahan. I
    wondered a little if Callahan, a gritty two-way winger in the same mold as
    Tyler Pitlick, might be claimed when he was on the wire last season and coming
    off a big AHL campaign. His minor-league numbers fell this past year, though,
    and his penalty minutes bounced back up; he’s less attractive now than he was
    then.
  • C Landon Ferraro. A
    right-shooting centre who can kill penalties, Ferraro spent most of last season
    on the wing. His offensive game hasn’t developed as hoped – he had 10 points in
    68 games last year – and he’s both somewhat undersized and has unglamorous shot
    metrics. He might be a fit as a No. 5 centre, but at this point he looks morel
    ike a ‘tweener.
  • RW Martin Frk. So
    Frk probably won’t get claimed; he was in the ECHL as recently as 2014-15. But
    he’s only 23 and had a big year in the AHL last season, scoring 27 goals for
    Grand Rapids. Detroit’s famous for slow-playing their prospects and after last
    season this one is somewhat interesting.
  • LW Stanislav Galiev. Galiev
    played 24 games for Washington last season and was fine as a fourth-line
    fill-in player. His scoring numbers aren’t great (three assists) but aren’t
    awful once his extremely limited inutes are taken into account. He’s reasonably
    big, fast and good with the puck, but based on his career numbers he may not
    bring enough offence to stick in the majors.
  • RD Nick Jensen. This
    is the first of Detroit’s difficult defensive cuts. Jensen was great in
    2014-15, but his offence took a step backward last season, and as an undersized
    26-year-old that may be enough to sneak him through the waiver wire.
  • C Bradley Malone. An
    all-positions left-shooting forward, Malone has spent most of his NHL time on
    the wing despite a strong faceoff percentage. He’s big, physical, energetic and
    plays a responsible game that includes time on the penalty kill and decent-ish
    possession numbers. He’s averaged 14 points per 82 NHL games and is a perfectly
    reasonable fourth line option.
  • C Derek Ryan. A
    former University of Alberta Golden Bear, Ryan led Sweden’s top league in
    scoring in 2014-15 and then put up big numbers at the AHL level last season. He’s
    a good skater, shooter and passer. He’s undersized for the major-league game
    and a little bit old (29) to suddenly be emerging as a player, but we haven’t
    seen what he can do at the NHL level yet. He’s a legitimate possibility for a
    team in need of depth at centre.
  • LD Duncan Siemens. Siemens
    was the 11th overall pick in the 2011 Draft, after a great WHL season in which
    he looked to be an all-purpose defenceman – big, fast, good with the puck and physical,
    too. His offence regressed in each of the two years that followed, and over
    three seasons in the AHL he managed a total of 17 points, including a
    career-high of seven set last year. Draft pedigree or not, he doesn’t look like a player on an NHL career path. 
  • LW Eric Tangradi. Tangradi
    has played at least one NHL game every season since 2009-10. It’s easy to
    understand why; he’s a 6’4”, 233-pound forward who plays with a physical edge
    and who scores at the AHL level (56 points in 72 games last year). His on-ice
    shot metrics are pretty decent, too; the trouble is that he has just 15 points
    in 144 career NHL contests.
  • G Dustin Tokarski. Tokarski
    struggled in six games with Montreal last season, and may ultimately end up as
    just a decent No. 3 goaltender. He did a decent job in the backup role in
    2014-15 and was a strong AHL netminder the year before that. 

Ferraro, Ryan and Malone are all decent options for a team in need of centre help. I tend to see Ryan as the most interesting, since of the three he’s the guy who a) may be able to play above the fourth line and b) is least known at the NHL level. Malone is a perfectly useful No. 12-14 forward whose versatility makes him a good fit in a spare slot and whose size and physical game will endear him to his coach. Ferraro got a long look in the majors last year after Detroit gave up on him, and didn’t do enough to convince me that the Red Wings were wrong to waive him. 

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