By: Tim A Richardson | Follow Me On Twitter @TimARichardson
Next up on my list of prospect season reviews is a guy that you may or may not have heard of, Robert Lantosi. The young winger came to Providence on an AHL only deal in 2019-2020 to see if he could earn an ELC. Lantosi spent all of 2018-2019 playing in his home country of Slovakia playing for HK Nitra of the Tipsport Liga, which is Slovakia’s highest hockey league. While there, in 56 games, he netted 20 goals while dishing out 38 assists for 58 total points (stats courtesy of EliteProspects). Now that you have an idea of where Lantosi came from, let’s dive into his 2019-2020 season.
Lantosi started the 2019-2020 season on an absolute tear. He recorded a point in six of his first nine games. In those first nine games, he netted three goals while dishing out four assists for seven total points (stats courtesy of the AHL). It was an ideal start to the season for a player trying to get recognized by the organization. Lantosi showed right away that he is a highly-skilled player. Not only that, but he’s also speedy. He can chase down pucks and create using his speed. It was an excellent first season in Providence for Lantosi. In 50 games, he netted 11 goals while dishing out 20 assists for 31 total points (stats courtesy of EliteProspects).
2019-2020 was 100% the type of season you want to see a young player on an AHL only contract have. Lantosi was one of the Providence Bruins’ most consistent players all year. The young winger proved that he was a high-energy, high-skill player who was incredibly fun to watch. Lantosi creates space and scoring chances in the offensive zone. He can get the puck to the open player while also having the speed to outskate opponents. The young winger from Slovakia is a pleasure to watch. He stood out a lot this season during most of Providence’s games.
The Boston Bruins were so impressed with Lantosi that on August 6th, they signed him to a one-year ELC. According to Mark Divver, there was talk that a few teams were willing to give Lantosi an NHL contract. Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney found a gem in Lantosi. The young winger played his way into an ELC after being on an AHL only contract. He also grabbed the attention of the rest of the league while doing so. The only real question that remains is where does Lantosi go from here?
I think that Lantosi will probably spend most of next season in Providence, while also being an emergency call-up in case of injury. Beyond next season I believe Lantosi ends up being a bottom-six fixture in the Boston Bruins lineup. His skill and energy make him a perfect candidate for that. This guy is one you have to keep an eye in Providence next season. If you do, you will not regret it. Feel free to send me any questions or comments on Twitter. As always, GO Bs GO!
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