Giorgio Estephan

Hometown:

Edmonton Alberta

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-02-03

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

6th round (152nd overall), 2015

Weight:

183 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Giorgio Estephan skated in two minor midget AAA games with the SSAC Bulldogs in Edmonton, scoring three goals, and was a team captain and the leading scorer for the SSAC Lions bantam AAA team. He was selected by Lethbridge in the first round (fourth overall) in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. 

2012-13: Estephan made his WHL debut as a 15-year-old — scoring a goal for Lethbridge in a December game against the Edmonton Oil Kings. He made two other cameo appearances with the Hurricanes, spending the season with the SSAC Athletics midget AAA team in Edmonton. Estephan had no points nor penalties in his other two games with Lethbridge, finishing -2 in three games. He scored 17 goals with 30 assists and 12 penalty minutes in 32 games for the Athletics. Edmonton SSAC reached the Alberta Midget Hockey League finals, falling to Red Deer in five games. Estephan scored 5 goals with 6 assists and 6 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games. He skated for Team Alberta in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup. 

2013-14: Estephan skated in 64 of 72 games for Lethbridge in his first WHL season and played for the Canada Pacific U17 team in the 2014 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 12 goals with 12 assists and was -25 with 18 penalties for a Hurricanes team that finished last in the Central Division and had the league’s worst record. Estephan scored 3 goals with 3 assists and no penalties in six games for Canada Pacific at the WHC. Canada Pacific finished second, falling 4-0 to the USA in the gold medal game. 

2014-15: Estephan was invited to the Team Canada U18 Development Camp before returning to Lethbridge for his second WHL season. The Hurricanes’ third-leading scorer, he scored 23 goals with 28 assists in 64 games and was -1 with 18 penalty minutes. Lethbridge finished last in the Central Division, missing the playoffs for the sixth straight season. Estephan was ranked 144th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Buffalo in the sixth round (152nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Estephan is a scorer who possess good skating and stickhandling ability. His shot is hard and accurate and should be one of Lethbridge’s top offensive weapons for the 2015-16 season. He has the rare ability to create his own shot and competes very hard each shift, especially in the offensive end, but defensively, he needs to pay more attention to his positional play and add muscle to develop into a more complete player.

Future

Estephan has been a key presence for Lethbridge in 2015-16 as the Hurricanes have been one of the big stories in major junior hockey. Along with dynamic but undersized undrafted forwards Brayden Burke, Tyler Wong, and Egor Babenko, he is among the team's leading scorers as Lethbridge has led the Central Division for most of the season after finishing last a year ago. Estephan suffered a lower body injury late in the year but should be back for the WHL playoffs. More of a slippery, highly-skilled offensive player than a two-way center, his defensive game will need addressing when he reaches pro hockey but his skill set could fit in well with the young forwards in Buffalo. Estephan has yet to sign a contract with the Sabres but his play this season has certainly garnered their attention.

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