2008-09: Daniel Catenacci played for the York Simcoe Express Minor Midget club, scoring 42 goals and adding 45 assists for 87 points in 39 games. He was chosen in the first round, 1st overall, of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
2009-10: In his OHL rookie season, Catenacci played in 65 games for the Greyhounds, He scored 10 goals and added 20 assists for 30 points to go along with 68 penalty minutes. Catenacci played for Team Ontario’s silver medal squad at the 2010 World Under-17 hockey Challenge, scoring 3 goals and chipping in 2 assists for 5 points in 6 games.
2010-11: In 67 games for the Greyhounds, Catenacci scored 26 goals and added 45 assists for 71 points to go along with 117 penalty minutes. Catenacci also played for Canada at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, picking up 2 assists in 6 games in that tournament. Catenacci played for Team Orr at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, scoring 1 goal in Orr’s 7-1 win over Team Cherry.
2011-12: Catenacci was the second-leading scorer for OHL Owen Sound behind Islanders prospect Mike Halmo. He scored 33 goals with 39 assists and was plus-11 with 114 penalty minutes in 67 games. The Attack finished third in the Midwest Division and lost to Kitchener in a first round playoff series. Catenacci scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was minus-two with 8 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Sabres in April, 2012.
2012-13: Catenacci made his debut in pro hockey — playing two games with Buffalo’s AHL affiliate in Rochester in April after finishing his fourth OHL season. He scored a goal and had an assist in his first game with the Amerks and had an assist the next night in a game against Hamilton. He did not play in Rochester’s three-game playoff series. Catenacci led Owen Sound in points and penalty minutes in his second season with the Attack. He scored 38 goals with 41 assists and was +31 with 115 penalty minutes in 67 games. The Attack finished second to OHL champion London in the Midwest Division and advanced to the second round in the playoffs. Catenacci scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was -5 with 32 penalty minutes in 12 playoffs games.
Catenacci is a speedy forward who uses his acceleration to create space when he has the puck, find space when he does not and finish checks should the need arise. Catenacci is often overlooked because of his size, but he is not shy or intimidated by physical play.
Catenacci is still considered a raw prospect and needs more polish to his game. He can get caught out of position, especially in the defensive zone. Catenacci has a chance to crack Buffalo’s opening night lineup, but in all likelihood will start in the AHL.