Kyle Capobianco
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Kyle Capobianco

Hometown:

Mississauga Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-08-13

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

3rd Round (63rd Overall), 2015

Weight:

170 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Kyle Capobianco played three games with the junior A Oakville Blades as a 15-year-old, skating for the Oakville Rangers midget AAA team most of the season. He had an assist with 12 penalty minutes in his brief stint with the Blades. In 71 games for the Oakville Rangers he scored 14 goals with 42 assists and 74 penalty minutes. The Rangers won the OHL Cup tournament and Capobianco finished with 2 goals, 4 assists and 2 penalty minutes in seven games. He played for Team White in the Ontario Games U16 tournament. Capobiianco was selected by Sudbury in the first round (7th overall) in the 2013 OHL Priority Draft. 

2013-14: Capobianco skated in the OHL with Sudbury as a 16-year-old and played for Team Ontario in the 2014 World Hockey Challenge. He had 11 assists and was -3 with 18 penalty minutes in 53 regular season games for the Wolves. Sudbury finished second in the Central Division, falling to Barrie in a first-round series. Capobianco was -3 with no points nor penalties in five playoff games. He scored 1 goal in five games for Canada Ontario at the WHC. 

2014-15: Capobianco was the third-leading scorer for Sudbury and was the only player to skate in all 68 games for the Wolves. He scored 10 goals with 30 assists, sharing the assists lead with Sudbury leading scorer Pavel Jenys (Minnesota) and was -49 with 54 penalty minutes. Sudbury missed the OHL playoffs, winning just 12 games all season. Capobianco was invited to the NHL Prospect Combine and was ranked 44th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. He was selected by Arizona in the third round (63rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Capobianco fills an immediate need within the Coyotes system. He is an offensive powerhouse from the blueline. Despite playing on a historically awful Sudbury Wolves team, he put up 40 points in 2014-15 thanks in part to his wicked shot, tremendous vision, and ability to escape trouble with his above-average skating.

Future

Capobianco will attend training camp with Aizona before returning to Sudbury for his third OHL season in 2015-16. Long-range he projects as a skating defenseman with some offensive ability in his game. As with many young projects he is in the process of refining his game and will need to add strength and bulk to withstand the rigors of pro hockey.

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