Julian Melchiori
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Julian Melchiori

Hometown:

Richmond Hill Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-12-06

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

3rd round (87th overall), 2010

Weight:

186 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Julian Melchiori played for the Newmarket Hurricanes of the CCHL.  In 39 games, Melchiori scored 7 goals and added 16 assists for 23 points.  In 20 playoff games for the Hurricanes, Melchiori scored 2 goals and added 9 assists for 11 points while registering a +6 rating.  Melchiori is the nephew of former NHL player Mike Murphy.

2010-11: Melchiori played it safe in his first season with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL, staying within his limitations and taking care of his own end first. Although he had been a top scoring blueliner within the OJHL, quarterbacking the power play for the Newmarket Hurricanes, and is believed to have a significant offensive upside, his rookie numbers of 1 goal and 18 assists in 63 games represent a game in transition.

2011-12: Melchiori signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Jets in March 2012 and made his pro debut – skating in one game for Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John’s following an overage season in the OHL. He was minus-one with no points or penalties in his only game with the IceCaps. Melchiori began the year with Kitchener before being traded to Oshawa in January 2012. He scored 2 goals with 34 assists and was plus-10 with 64 penalty minutes in 61 OHL games between the two teams. Oshawa made the playoffs after finishing third in the East Division. Melchiori scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was minus-two with 2 penalty minus in six playoff games.

2012-13: Melchiori made the jump from junior hockey to the AHL as a 20-year-old, skating in 52 games for Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John’s in his first pro season. He scored 1 goal with 7 assists and was -9 with 39 penalty minutes. The IceCaps missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Atlantic Division.

2013-14: Melchiori appeared in his first NHL game with the Jets — a December contest against Minnesota — and skated for Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John’s in his second pro season. He was minus-1 with no points nor penalties in 8:41 minutes of ice time in the Jets’ 6-4 win.  Shoulder and elbow injuries limited him to 50 regular season games with St. John’s and kept him out of the AHL playoffs. Melchiori scored 1 goal with 10 assists and was plus-19 with 32 penalty minutes for the IceCaps. St. John’s finished second in the Atlantic Division but reached the Eastern Conference finals, defeating Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, before falling to the Texas Stars in the Calder Cup finals.

Talent Analysis

Melchiori is a big, strong defenseman who can skate with the puck and who can play in all situations. Melchiori showed signs of development during his second pro season despite being slowed by injuries. While he is more of a true defender who rarely gets involved in the attack, his experience and stature make him a candidate to fill in at the NHL level on a short-term basis.

Future

Melchiori attended training camp with the Jets before being assigned to Winnipeg affiliate St. John's to start his third pro season in 2014-15. One of several AHL veterans on defense for a team with several new faces, he is seeing plenty of ice time and appears full-recovered from his season-ending surgery in 2013-14. Like some of the other IceCaps defensemen, Melchiori does not appear to have a huge upside in terms of scoring but plays a hard scrabble game and has gotten more consistent each season. Long-term he projects as a depth defenseman at the NHL level.

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