2010-11: Miles Liberati skated for the Pittsburgh Viper Stars U16 team in the North American Prospects Hockey League. In 20 league games he scored 3 goals with 9 assists and had 46 penalty minutes. Liberati scored 3 goals with 2 assists and 12 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He was selected by London in the third round (55th overall) of the 2011 OHL Priority Draft.
2011-12: Liberati played for the Hill Academy in Ontario. In 63 games he scored 18 goals with 37 assists and was +19 with 36 penalty minutes.
2012-13: Liberati gradually worked his way into a loaded London Knights lineup in his first OHL season. Playing in 42 of 68 games for the OHL champions, he scored 3 goals with 6 assists and was +5 with 25 penalty minutes. London finished first in the Midwest Division and rolled through the playoffs. Liberati played in 10 of 21 playoff games and was an even plus/minus with 1 assist. He appeared in one Memorial Cup game and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes. Ranked 150th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Liberati was selected by Vancouver in the seventh round (205th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Liberati participated in his first training camp with the Canucks before returning to London for his second OHL season. He skated in 22 games with the Knights before being acquired by North Bay in exchange for overage defenseman Zach Bell in November 2013. In 65 regular season games between the two teams he scored 9 goals with 4 assists and had an even plus/minus (-5 with North Bay) with 37 penalty minutes. North Bay finished first in the Central Division and won the Eastern Conference championship before falling to Guelph in the OHL finals. Liberati had 1 assist and was -5 with 12 penalty minutes in 22 playoff games.
2014-15: Liberati had a breakout campaign for the North Bay Battalion, putting up 38 points (including 11 goals) in 67 games. He was sixth in scoring on the team and had a +21 rating. He managed only three assists in the 15 games of North Bay’s playoff run.
He did not receive a contract offer from the Canucks and is eligible for re-draft at the 2015 NHL Draft.
Liberati has good wheels, with a smooth skating stride. He is primarily a puck-moving defenseman and is adept at finding open teammates and breaking out of his own zone. Fairly raw in his positional game when he was drafted, he has shown steady improvement in that aspect of the game during his junior career with North Bay. He should be more effective as he matures physically and adds the strength and bulk necessary to compete at the pro level. His stick handling and passing and pass receiving skills are first rate and should continue to improve.
Liberati attended training camp with the Canucks before returning to North Bay at the start of the 2014-15 season. Now in his first third OHL season — and first full campaign with the Battalion — he has displayed much of the offensive instinct that first attracted the attention of scouts and has been much more capable in his own end of the ice. While he is far from a finished prospect, his progress to this point suggest Liberati may be an astute late round pick. Long-term he projects as a puck-moving defenseman with the skating ability and skill level to play a high-paced game. To reach that level he will need to continue to add strength and refine his positional game.