Anthony Cirelli
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Anthony Cirelli

Hometown:

Woodbridge Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-07-15

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

3rd Round (72nd Overall), 2015

Weight:

165 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Anthony Cirelli played for the Mississauga Reps minor midget AAA team in Ontario. He scored 9 goals with 7 assists and 6 penalty minutes in 33 games. 

2013-14: Cirelli appeared in two junior A games with the Mississauga Chargers in the Ontario Junior Hockey League, skating for the Mississauga Reps midget AAA team in suburban Toronto. He had no point nor penalties in one regular season game and one playoff contest with the Chargers. Cirelli scored 10 goals with 18 assists and 6 penalty minutes in 31 regular season games for the Reps. 

2014-15: Cirelli went from an unheralded free agent who made the Oshawa Generals in training camp to a Memorial Cup hero — scoring a goal in regulation to tie the championship game against Kelowna and then scoring the game-winner in overtime to give Oshawa a 2-1 victory. Cirelli scored 13 goals with 23 assists and was +34 with 22 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games for the Generals. His ice time dipped late in the year when Oshawa added three veteran forwards for the playoff push. In 16 OHL playoff games Cirelli scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was +3 with 4 penalty minutes. Oshawa defeated Erie in the OHL Finals. In addition to his two goals in the championship game he had 1 assist and was +3 with no penalties in four Memorial Cup games. Cirelli was invited to the NHL Prospect Combine and was ranked 67th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings prior to the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

A lanky, but skilled winger who isn’t afraid to go to the tough areas on the ice, Cirelli is a rapidly-developing offensive pivot. Despite being on a Memorial Cup-winning team in Oshawa, the former undrafted walk-on earned praise and ice-time as the season progressed and eventually was a favourite of then-coach DJ Smith. He’s a responsible player on the ice, but obviously needs to add some muscle to his 6’0, 160lb frame.

Future

With his two-goal performance in the Memorial Cup fresh on everyone’s minds, Cirelli needs to put in the work to make sure the 2014-15 season wasn’t a flash in the pan. He’ll have the chance this season to do just that with what should amount to increased ice time thanks to the departure of Cole Cassels, Hunter Smith and Michael McCarron.

2015 NHL Draft: Tampa Bay Lightning draft review

by Chris Roberts
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Photo: Mitchell Stephens had 48 points (22 goals, 26 assists) in 62 games with the OHL's Saginaw Spirit in 2014-15. (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Photo: Mitchell Stephens had 48 points (22 goals, 26 assists) in 62 games with the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit in 2014-15. (Courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

 

 

Less than two weeks after his team lost in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman went back to work at maintaining a strong foundation for his team through the draft. With a young roster on the rise that perhaps arrived as a legitimate contender a year early, Yzerman didn’t have any particular needs to fill at the 2015 NHL Draft. Instead, he replenished his team’s system with players of quality character and skill. Read more»