|Written by Peter Harling|
March 2012 – Acquired from the Devils as part of the Kovalchuk deal, Cormier has developed slowly due to suspensions and injuries that only allowed him to play in 32 games in 2010-2011. This season he has played mainly in the AHL but has been up and down. Cormier can be a valuable asset to a hockey roster as he is a very aggressive physical player ho is excellent defensively. His offense is limited however, making his fantasy value limited. He should crack the NHL but it will be as a third or fourth line checker.
Fantasy Outlook: C+
Actual value far out weighs fantasy value.
Cormier's infamous and vicious elbow on Mikael Tam
Fantasy Prospects Report Notes (Any FPR's released in the last 18 months will not be listed here):
2009 Fantasy Prospects Report:
Not enough speed or talent to be a superstar? No problem- just turn yourself into one of the country's best grinders and defensive forwards. That's the adjustment many players end up making after their major junior careers, but not for Patrice Cormier. A highly-rated prospect during his Bantam days, the strapping 6'2, 205 lbs center began playing Junior A at the tender age of 14. By 15, he was a PPG player at that level and at 16 he was in the Q. However, that's as good as it's gotten offensively for Cormier. While New Jersey's second-round pick in 2008 has progressed each season offensively, he will never be the Crosby-esque star once projected of him. Instead, as his 118 PIM in 54 games for Rimouski show, he's found a way to be a contributor. A member of the Canadian World Junior team in a checking role, Cormier has shown a penchant for producing in the post-season with 19 points in 22 career games. Two or three seasons away.
Upside: Elite checking forward (20-30-50+, 100 PIM)
Certainty (NHLer; Upside): 70%, 45%
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|Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 April 2012 02:14|