Tony Cameranesi
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Tony Cameranesi


Maple Grove Minnesota

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5th round (130th overall), 2011


162 lbs.

Probability of Success
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2008-09: Tony Cameranesi scored 5 goals with 2 assists in 25 games as a sophomore for Wayzata (MN) High School.

2009-10: Cameranesi scored 18 goals with 31 assists in 28 games (including the state tournament) as a junior for Wayzata. Wayzata, after winning the Classic Lake Conference title and finishing 20-2-3 in the regular season, fell to Eden Prairie in the second round of the state tournament. He was selected by the Waterloo Black Hawks in the fifth round (61st overall) of the USHL Entry Draft.

2010-11: Cameranesi scored 18 goals with 19 assists in 24 games in the pre-season Upper Midwest Elite Hockey League and then scored 17 goals with 46 assists for Wayzata HS as a senior. Cameranesi, Wild prospect Mario Lucia, and Tyler Klein formed one of the top lines in Minnesota high school hockey as Wayzata advanced to the Section 6AA finals before falling to Lake Conference rival and eventual state champion Eden Prairie in a classic, double overtime contest. Cameranesi is committed to playing college hockey at Minnesota-Duluth in 2012-13. Cameranesi was selected by the Maple Leafs in the 5th round (130th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Cameranesi was the third-leading scorer for the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks and played for the USA at the 2011 U19 World Junior A Challenge. In 55 regular season games he scored 18 goals with 24 assists and was -9 with 47 penalty minutes. After finishing third in the Western Conference in the regular season the Black Hawks advanced to the Clark Cup Final against Eastern Conference champion Green Bay. Cameranesi scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had 4 penalty minutes skating for the USA at the WJAC.

2012-13: Cameranesi was named to the WCHA’s All-Rookie team after skating in 38 games for Minnesota-Duluth as a freshman. He shared the scoring lead for the Bulldogs with senior Mike Seidel and fellow freshman Austin Farley as all three finished with 34 points. Cameranesi scored 14 goals with a team-high 20 assists and was +1 with 28 penalty minutes. Seven of his 14 goals came on the power play. UMD struggled for much of the season, finishing ninth in the WCHA, and was swept by Wisconsin in the first round of the WCHA tournament. The Bulldogs failed to win 20 games for the first time since 2007-08.

2013-14: Cameranesi skated for the University of Minnesota-Duluth as a sophomore. One of five players to skate in all 36 games, He struggled to match the offensive numbers of his freshman season, finishing with 7 goals and 14 assists, and was -1 with 19 penalty minutes. The Bulldogs tied Western Michigan for fourth place in the inaugural season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and were swept by the Broncos in a best-of-three NCHC quarterfinal series. 

Talent Analysis

Cameranesi is not very big but what he lacks in size he makes up for with speed and skill. He will likely need to find an offensive niche at the pro level but that is not a slight at his game away from the puck; rather his lack of bulk may make it difficult to compete with bigger, stronger opponents. His offensive skills are well-documented, but he needs to add strength and move the puck more efficiently.


Cameranesi is in his junior season at Minnestoa-Duluth in 2014-15. He and sophomore Dominic Toninato, another Maple Leafs prospect, are the top two centers for the Bulldogs and have been consistent on both ends as UM-D challenges for the top spot in the NCHC. Long-term Cameranesi projects as a Stephen Gionta/Nathan Gerbe-type forward at the NHL level. It is equally likely he will be heavily pursued by clubs in Europe following his senior season.

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