Angelo Esposito
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Angelo Esposito

Hometown:

Montreal Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-02-20

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Trade with Florida, 2012

Weight:

174 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2005-06: Esposito had a very strong rookie season for the Remparts.  Playing in just 57 games, Esposito led all Remparts rookies in points (98), goals (39), and assists (59).  Despite missing 13 games, Esposito finished second among QMJHL rookies in points, a tie for first in goals, second in assists, first in plus/minus (+42), and second in short-handed goals (5).  His offensive accomplishments were rewarded with Offensive Player of the Week honors once and Offensive Rookie of the Month honors twice.  At the end of the season, Esposito was awarded The Michel Bergeron Trophy, awarded annually to the Offensive Rookie of the Year.  He was also named to the Rookie All-Star team

2006-07: Esposito continued his strong play in the 2006 Memorial Cup.  He recorded 5 points (one goal, four assists) in four games.  He was named to the QMJHL team for the 2006 Canada-Russia Challenge.  His three points (three assists) were tied for the Team QMJHL lead.  He was one of the 40 players selected to play in the 2007 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.  Through 39 games this season, Esposito has 61 points (19 goals, 42 assists).

1st round (20th overall), 2007 by Pittsburgh.

2007-08: Esposito had an uneven season with a slow start and then a strong finish in his third season with the Remparts. In 56 games, his offensive numbers were again down from the previous season as he scored 30 goals with 39 assists. Both he and the Remparts struggled in the QMJHL playoffs but he did finish with 4 goals and 6 points despite a plus/minus ranking of -11. He was overlooked for Canada's WJC squad despite his impressive offensive numbers. In February was included in the multi-player deal between the Penguins and Thrashers that sent Marian Hossa to Pittsburgh. Esposito spent the end of the season with the Chicago Wolves, Atlanta's AHL affiliate and was scoreless in his only game.

2008-09: Esposito was impressive in both the Thrashers' summer prospect and training camps but was returned to his junior team, which had moved to Montreal. He got off to a strong start with the Montreal Juniors and not only made Team Canada's WJC team but also scored three goals in six games, including the clincher in the gold medal game. However, his season came to an end in February when he suffered a torn ACL. In 35 games with Montreal, he scored 24 goals with 18 assists and a plus/minus ranking of +8.

2009-10: Esposito's comeback from the knee injury that had ended the 2008-09 season lasted just twelve games as he suffered a second injury to the same knee in November and was out for the rest of the season. In twelve games with the Wolves he tallied four assists.

2010-11: Esposito continued to battle through what has seemed at times like an endless series of injuries. Esposito played 57 games for Winnipeg's AHL affiliate Chicago (his most since 2007-08) . While his offensive output was limited (3 goals and 10 assists with a -3 plus/minus), he proved capable of competing at the AHL level. Esposito also had 35 PMs for the Wolves, who failed to reach the AHL playoffs. Esposito was acquired by Florida in exchange for Kenndal McArdle in a July 2011 trade with Winnipeg. Both players are former first round picks; neither of whom have reached the level expected.
 

Talent Analysis

A skilled playmaker, Esposito's puck-handling and creative talents are on par with many of the best to have come through the QMJHL in the past several seasons. He is an excellent skater with great drive to the net and excellent hands, but his multiple knee surgeries have left some doubt about his explosiveness on his skate.. While he does run into occasional consistency issues, and could stand to work harder in traffic, the biggest of the rumored concerns - that of his attitude - has been far blown out of proportion.

 

Future

Esposito did not receive a qualifying offer from the Stars and is a free agent.

 

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