Louie Caporusso
Image: St. Michael's

Louie Caporusso

Hometown:

Woodbridge Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-06-21

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

3rd round (90th overall), 2007

Weight:

188 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2004-05: Playing in the GTHL for the Toronto Red Wings, Louie Caporusso registerd 70 points including 41 goals in 56 games.  The 70 point total was tops in the league and Caporusso led his team…

2005-06: Following his phenomenal season in the GTHL, Caporusso was selected by the St. Michael’s Majors in the 2005 OHL draft.  The 10th round pick never made it to the OHL, instead playing for St. Michael’s OPJHL team.  In his first season, Caporusso was again a leader in scoring as he registered 73 points, including 29 goals in 48 games.  Of his 29 goals, 10 were notched during special teams play with nine coming on the power play.  In the playoffs, Caporusso registered just 17 points in 25 games as the Buzzers captured the OPJHL championship.

2006-07: In his second year with the St. Michaels Buzzers (OPJHL), the winger netted 23 goals and 50 points (led the team) in 37 games. He also tallied 14 goals and 33 points (led the team) in postseason play, which allowed the team to take the OPJHL South Division title. He also racked up a career-high 45 penalty minutes.  He was nominated to the OPJHL All-Star Team and appeared in the Canadain Junior A Hockey League Top Prospects Game, where he was named the Team East Player of the Game.

2007-08: The Ontario native brought his game to the University of Michigan (CCHA) this season, netting 12 goals and 21 points in 33 appearances as a freshman. Michigan won the CCHA title this season, and made another appearance at the Frozen Four, thanks in part to Caporusso’s play. Despite being sidelined with a leg injury, he still put up good numbers as a rookie.

2008-09: The University of Michigan (CCHA) forward had another breakout season, this time setting several career highs, including goals (24), assists (25), points (49), power play goals (10) and games played (41); he also racked up two hat tricks, the first of his career. On top of being a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, he was nominated to the West All-American squad, the All-College Hockey News second team, the All-CCHA Team, and the CCHA Championship All-Tournament Team. His goals were good enough for fifth in the NCAA (first on U/M) and his points came in at number eight nationally (second on U/M). He also won the schools Hal Downes Award as the clubs MVP. Caporusso showed that there is no such thing as the sophomore slump.

2009-10: Though his season could be seen as successful, Caporusso did see a slight dip in his numbers, only managing to 21 goals and 22 assists in 45 outings.

2010-11: Caporusso was an alternate captain and skated in 41 of 44 games as a senior for the University of Michigan. An NCAA West All-American in his sophomore year, he failed to reach the 40-point plateau for the first time since his freshman year but was third on the Wolverines with 20 assists as Michigan won the CCHA regular season title and advanced to the NCAA championship game. Caporusso scored 11 goals, the fewest of his four-year college career, but finished +17 with 22 PMs. The Ottawa Senators signed him to a two-year, entry-level contract in May 2011.

2011-12: Caporusso appeared in 13 AHL games with Binghamton; spending most of his first pro season with the ECHL's Elmira Jackals. He made his AHL debut on November 4th and appeared in seven games during November and six more in March. In limited ice time he had no points and was minus-two with 6 penalty minutes. Caporusso scored at a better than point-per-game pace for Elmira, finishing with 16 goals and 16 assists in 29 ECHL games and was plus-five with 8 penalty minutes. He missed the ECHL playoffs after suffering a finger injury in April.

 

Talent Analysis

Caporusso’s most obvious weakness is his severe lack of size.  At just 5’9, 185, he is easily knocked around and overpowered.  His skill and speed are what fuels his offensive game.  Caporusso has extremely soft hands and speed to burn.  He is a shifty player and transitions the puck well.  To make up for his lack of size, Caporusso is extremely slick and elusive.  He has an uncanny ability to sneak in and out of corners unscathed.  Despite his lack of size, Caporusso does not shy away from traffic areas and is a pesky forechecker.  He possesses a quick accurate shot and excellent vision.  He excels at finding passing lanes on the power play.

 

Future

Caporusso started the 2012-13 season with Binghamton, but was sent down to Elmira of the ECHL. Caporusso has much development ahead of him including an obvious need to fill in his undersized 5-10 frame.  It’s unlikely he’ll play a depth or checking role on any team due to his lack of size.

 

 

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