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Rocco Grimaldi | Center

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 2/8/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 160
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Although he's a long shot, Rocco Grimaldi isn't being ruled out as a contender to make the Panthers' opening game roster.
"He might just be that guy that says, 'You know what? Brendan Gallagher did it in Montreal and I'm not going to San Antonio,'" Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland said. "It's on him to decide, for him to make the decisions really hard on the coaches in September and October." Grimaldi had 17 goals and 39 points in 42 NCAA games last season. He was taken by Florida with the 33rd overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Jul 9 - 9:42 AM

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Rocco Grimaldi will probably begin the 2014-15 campaign in the minors with AHL San Antonio.

The Panthers signed him to an entry-level contract on Wednesday. "We are very pleased to have reached a contract agreement with Rocco," GM Dale Tallon said in a statement. "He is a hard-working forward who possesses speed along with great vision on the ice. We look forward to his continued growth and development within our organization." He'll participate in training camp with the club this fall, where he will look to make a positive first impression.
May 8 - 10:45 AM

Rocco Grimaldi has inked an entry-level deal with the Florida Panthers.

Grimaldi had 17 goals and 39 points in 42 games with the University of North Dakota in 2013-14. He was taken in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
May 7 - 3:02 PM

Although heading into Saturday's World Junior Championship gold medal game, Rocco Grimaldi had not played well in Ufa, he sure made up for it against Sweden to lead the Americans to a 3-1 win.

The U.S. defeated Sweden 3-1 on the strength of two Grimaldi goals and won the gold medal. Prior to his heroics Saturday, Florida's second round pick in 2011 had registered only two assists in six games. Vince Trochek scored an empty-net goal and added a helper in the historic victory, while Jacob Trouba, Pat Sieloff and JT Miller registered assists. it is the second gold medal for the U.S. squad in the last four years.
Sat, Jan 5, 2013 10:38:00 AM

The 2013 World Junior Championship hasn't gone well for Rocco Grimaldi thus far.

The Florida draft pick dressed as Team USA's 13th forward on Monday against Slovakia after starting on the top line because of "selfish" play. He has no goals and one assist in four games during the tournament. If the message has been sent then Grimaldi should return to the fold for the quarterfinals versus the Czech Republic.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 01:50:00 PM

The Florida Panthers selected Rocco Grimaldi with the 33rd overall pick.

Rocco Grimaldi has been featured in many magazines as a huge talent, but his size will drop him to the late first round or a second round selection. The five foot, six-inch, 163 pounder has a ton of offensive talent and is strong with the puck so he needs a team to believe in him and select him despite his diminutive size. He will play for North Dakota so that will give his draft team plenty of time to watch his development.
Sat, Jun 25, 2011 11:24:00 AM

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3Dave Bolland
4Derek MacKenzie
5Brandon Pirri
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2Jonathan Huberdeau
3Tomas Fleischmann
4Sean Bergenheim
RW1Brad Boyes
2Scottie Upshall
3Tomas Kopecky
4Shawn Thornton
5Jimmy Hayes
D1Brian Campbell
2Dmitry Kulikov
3Erik Gudbranson
4Willie Mitchell
5Dylan Olsen
6Alex Petrovic
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya
3Dan Ellis