Tommy Vannelli
Image: Chapin Landvogt/HF

Tommy Vannelli

Hometown:

Minnetonka Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-01-26

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd round (47th overall), 2013

Weight:

170 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Tommy Vannelli played in 27 games as a ninth grader at Holy Family Catholic High School in Minnesota. He scored 2 goals with 8 assists and had 16 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Vannelli skated for the junior varsity team at Minnetonka High School after transferring from Holy Family Catholic for his sophomore year.

2011-12: Vannelli was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for Minnetonka as a junior and open the eyes of scouts with his play at the USA Hockey Select 17 Festival in June. He scored 7 goals with 18 assists in 28 games and was plus-21 with 8 penalty minutes. The Skippers finished first in the Lake Conference and reached the Section 6AA championship game against eventual AA state champion Benilde-St. Margaret's. Vannelli was selected by the Tri-City Storm in the 16th round (230th overall) of the 2012 USHL Entry Draft.

2012-13: Vannelli skated for the USA in the 2012 U18 Ivan Hlinka Tournament in August and played for Team Northwest in the Upper Midwest Elite League in the fall before returning to Minnetonka for his senior season. Vannelli was the only player not in National Team Development Program to skate for the USA at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship. He was the third-leading scorer for the Skippers, scoring 10 goals with 25 assists in 27 games and was plus-23 with 14 penalty minutes. Minnetonka lost in the Section 6AA semifinals. Vannelli skated in 11 USHL games with the NTDP team and was plus-seven with 1 goal and 1 assist and at the WJC tournament in Sochi he scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was an even plus/minus in seven games as USA won a bronze medal. In December he committed to playing college hockey at the University of Minnesota. Vannelli, ranked 77th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's mid-term rankings, was ranked 44th in the final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Future

Vannelli has informed the University of Minnesota that he will not play for that school in 2013-14. Instead, he may end up in the WHL with the Medicine Hat Tigers, or he could go the USHL route if he wants to retain NCAA eligibility.

 

Graduations and trades lead to new names in St. Louis Blues Top 20

by Suraj Sukumar
on

Jake Allen - St. Louis Blues

Photo: Goaltender Jake Allen moved up to the number one spot in the Blues Top 20 following the graduation of Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)

Since the previous Top 20 rankings, the St. Louis Blues have changed dramatically in terms of prospects and those will be reflected in this edition of the Blues’ Top 20.

Read more»

St. Louis Blues boast left wing talent at junior level

by Suraj Sukumar
on

Zach Pochiro - Prince George Cougars

Photo: Zach Pochiro, the St. Louis Blues’ fourth round pick in 2013, leads the Prince George Cougars with 54 penalty minutes while ranking fourth on the team with 10 goals through 26 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues currently possess talented youths at all positions in the CHL. This season, the Blues most talented junior players are at the left wing position. While Tommy Vannelli is an exceptional player on defense, the combination of William Carrier, Zach Pochiro, and Ryan Tesink provides the Blues with significant depth at the position.

Read more»

The St. Louis Blues continue to improve their defensive depth

by Suraj Sukumar
on

Dmitrij Jaskin - St. Louis Blues

Photo: Winger Dmitrij Jaskin is part of a new class of prospects skating with the Blues’ new AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves (courtesy of Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues minor league team suffered drastically from a shortage of high-end talent last season. On the blue line, the Peoria Rivermen, lacked significant offensive production, putting immense pressure on the forwards.

Read more»

St. Louis Blues have prospects to watch across all levels in 2013-14

by Suraj Sukumar
on

William Carrier - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

Photo: Cape Breton winger William Carrier is part of a Blues CHL pool that was replenished at the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues have had tremendous success in finding talented prospects at all levels of hockey. Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz are two great examples of the Blues’ ability to locate talent at different in different parts of the world.

Read more»

Wingers lead the way in St. Louis Blues Top 20 ranking

by Suraj Sukumar
on
Vladimir Tarasenko - St. Louis Blues

Photo: Vladimir Tarasenko maintains his place atop the St. Louis Blues prospect pool heading into the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

 
The St. Louis Blues have had continuous success in the NHL Draft. Finding franchise cornerstones like Alex Pietrangelo, Jake Allen, Jaden Schwartz, and Vladimir Tarasenko has been huge for a team that usually finds itself drafting outside the top-10 picks. 

Read more»