The steady incline of Rocco Grimaldi has been one of the few bright spots for the Predators over the last two seasons. He’s a vital part of this team, even if some people outside of the Nashville market don’t know it yet.
Grimaldi just leaves it all out there. He’s a player you want to go to battle with. He hunts for loose pucks, crashes the net and flies all over ice despite his smaller size.
What’s the next step for Grimaldi in his progression? Well, he just got done shattering his career highs in many statistical categories such as goals, assists, points, plus/minus and ice time.
Grimaldi also got into 66 games this past season, which is 13 more than his previous season.
Before joining the Predators, Grimaldi had just 37 games under his NHL belt. The Predators have given him the coveted opportunity to stick around, and he’s taking advantage of it.
Can Grimaldi up his production even more? Possibly, but it’s also fair to say that being a 30-plus point scorer is his ceiling and what you need from your bottom-six depth players.
If Grinaldi breaks out even more next season, then we’ll be seeing him in the top-six and be the story of the entire NHL.