Jeremy Bracco
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Jeremy Bracco

Hometown:

Freeport New York

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-03-17

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

2nd Round (61st Overall), 2015

Weight:

173 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Jeremy Bracco played for the Portledge School in Long Island and skated for the Long Island Gulls bantam team. He scored 15 goals with 27 assists in 20 games as a freshman for Portledge. Bracco played for the Elite Hockey Group in the 2012 OHL Cup, scoring 3 goals with 5 assists in five games. Bracco attended USA Hockey’s Select 15 camp and committed to playing college hockey at Harvard in 2015-16.

2012-13: Bracco played for the New Jersey Rockets in the Atlantic Junior Hockey League and played in the USA Hockey Select 16 camp. He scored 16 goals with 34 assists and 24 penalty minutes in 30 regular season games and scored 2 goals with 4 assists in four playoff games. In five games at the Select 16 Festival he scored 3 goals with 9 assists. Bracco played in his second OHL Cup with the Elite Hockey Group, scoring 6 goals with 2 assists and had 2 penalty minutes in four games.

2013-14: Bracco moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to skate for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program. He led the NTDP U17 team in scoring during the regular season. In 54 regular season games he scored 17 goals with 54 assists and was +3 with 20 penalty minutes. Bracco scored 3 goals with 8 assists and 4 penalty minutes for the USA U17 team at the 2014 World Hockey Challenge. The USA defeated Canada Pacific, 4-0, in the gold medal game.

2014-15: Bracco returned to Ann Arbor for his second season in the NTDP program and was part of the USA’s gold medal U18 squad at the 2015 World Junior Championship. He was the NTDP U18 team’s third-leading scorer behind Auston Matthews and Matthew Tkachuk, scoring 30 goals with a team-leading 64 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 64 regular season games. Bracco scored 3 goals with 10 assists and was +10 with 2 penalty minutes in seven games as the USA captured a gold medal at the 2015 World Juniors. He played for Team Grier in the 2014 All-American Prospects Game and was ranked 60th in the Central Scouting final rankings. Bracco was selected by Toronto in the second round (61st overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Bracco skated in five games with Boston College as a freshman before leaving school in October to sign with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers. He had 3 assists and was +3 with 4 penalty minutes skating for the Eagles. Bracco was Kitchener’s third-leading scorer, skating in just 49 regular season games for the Rangers. He scored 21 goals with 43 assists and was +15 with 19 penalty minutes. Kitchener finished third in the Midwest Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Bracco scored 3 goals with 11 assists and had an even plus/minus with no penalties in nine playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Bracco is an excellent playmaker with high end puck handling skills. Smaller than fellow Leafs' prospects Mitch Marner and William Nylander, he plays with the same type of creativity and uses his speed and awareness both to create pressure on defenders and avoid dangerous situations.

Future

Bracco was a dominant scorer for Kitchener in 2015-16,  joining the Rangers in October after leaving  Boston College. He will attend Maple Leafs' training camp in 2016-17 looking to earn an entry-level contract before likely returning to the Rangers for his second OHL season. He is also a candidate to skate for the USA in the 2016 World Junior Championship. An undersized but highly-engaged forward, Bracco projects as a Tyler Johnson/Brendan Gallagher-type winger. 

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