Anthony Nigro
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Anthony Nigro

Hometown:

Woodbridge Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-01-11

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

6th round (155th overall), 2008

Weight:

189 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Anthony Nigro scored 24 goals and 48 points in 67 games with the OHL Guelph Storm.  He was used mostly in a defensive role.

2008-09: After being traded to the 67's, Nigro showed the offense that got him drafted. He started scoring over a point a game — 51 points in 42 games. The change of scenery gave him a more offensive role in a more offensive system, and linemates like Logan Couture. With Ottawa, Nigro looked like the power forward he showed glimpses of before.

2009-10: In his first full season with the Ottawa 67's, Nigro scored 16 goals and 62 points in 61 games. His 46 assists led the team. He tied for the team lead in playoff scoring with 13 points in 12 games, including 6 goals, 7 assists.

2010-11: Nigro skated in 54 games for the AHL Peoria Rivermen in his first pro season: missing 18 games with an ankle injury. He scored 9 goals with 6 assists and was -8 with 22 PMs seeing mostly third and fourth line action as a rookie. Nigro skated in all four playoff games in Peoria's first round series with Houston and was scoreless and -4 with 4 PMs.

2011-12: Nigro was one of the more consistent two-way forwards for the Blues AHL affiliate Peoria in his second pro season. He skated in 75 of 76 games for the Rivermen and was plus-12 with 13 goals, 12 assists and 36 penalty minutes. Peoria missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Midwest Division.

 

Talent Analysis

Nigro has some offensive touch, but also experience on the defensive side. He can play all three forward positions.  His biggest weakness is his skating. He has been working with a skating instructor for a few years to address this.

 

Future

Nigro will play his fourth year at the AHL level in Peoria but could be assigned to Evansville in the ECHL if he can improve his overall game to start the year. With the extra players due to the NHL lockout, he needs to compete hard for a spot in the Rivermen's line-up and play with more consistency to stay in the AHL.

 

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