Tony Romano
Image: AJHL

Tony Romano

Hometown:

Smithtown New York

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-01-05

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Trade with New Jersey, 2009

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2005-06: Tony Romano lit up the Atlantic Junior Hockey League to a tune of 50 goals and 52 assists for a league leading total of 102 points. He was a huge factor in helping lead the Bobcats to the AJHL Championship, and he also participated for Team USA in some international tournaments, including the Viking Cup. To cap off his year, he was selected by the Devils in the sixth round of the 2006 NHL Draft.

2006-07: Romano was a part of the smaller and faster Cornell Big Red this season. The Smithtown, NY native made quite an impact almost immediately. He co-led all Cornell rookies in scoring with 19 points (nine goals, ten assists) playing in 29 games. Of Romano’s nine goals, four came on the power play. That ranked tied for third on the team. His first collegiate point (an assist) came on Oct. 28 versus non-conference foe RIT. He notched his first collegiate goal on Nov. 4 versus Ivy League rival Yale.

Romano chose over the summer to leave Cornell for the high powered London Knights of the OHL.

2007-08: The expectations for Romano going in the 2007-08 season were huge after he chose to leave the NCAA and the Cornell Big Red for the perennial powerhouse London Knights of the OHL. However he got off to a terrible start, and never recovered. He went through some painfully long scoring droughts and was even sat out of games as a healthy scratch on occasion. Off-season shoulder surgery is partly to blame as Romano didn't get to put in as much off-season conditioning work as he had hoped. In 66 games, he scored a paltry 22 points. In four playoff games for the Knights, he scored once. Overall, the effort was there on some nights, but Romano was too inconsistent in all facets of the game and he often shied away from the physical part of the game, again in part due to his off-season shoulder surgery.

2008-09: Romano skated for Peterborough in his second OHL season after a trade with London. In 65 games for the Petes he scored 36 goals with 33 assists and was -16 with 86 PMs. He scored 14 times on the power play and also had three short-handed goals. The Islanders obtained the rights to Romano in a trade with New Jersey in June 2009.

2009-10: Romano spent the first half of his first pro season with Bridgeport (AHL), appearing in 21 games, and finished the year playing for Utah and Toledo in the ECHL. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -3 with 12 PMs for the Sound Tigers and did not appear in any AHL playoff games. Romano played 34 games with Islanders' ECHL affiliate Utah and was loaned to the Toledo Walleye at the end of the season. In 46 regular season ECHL games between the two teams he scored 15 goals with 21 assists and was -6 with 54 PMs. In four ECHL playoff games with the Walleye he had 1 goal and was +1 with 4 PMs.

2010-11: Romano appeared in 67 games for Bridgeport in his second pro season. In a lower-line role for the Sound Tigers, who finished last in the AHL's Atlantic Division, he scored 7 goals with 12 assists and was -10 with 56 PMs. He scored twice on the power play.

 

Talent Analysis

Romano is a small, extremely quick forward. He possesses a good burst of speed and acceleration. His small stature and quickness also allows him to move through traffic quite effectively. He has tremendous hockey instincts. Romano is a little ball of energy who also isn’t afraid to mix things up.

He can be very creative with the puck, but his patience and decisions with the puck, particularly in passing situations, will need to improve. He excels around the net and can usually make things happen there. Though defense isn’t one of Romano’s strongest attributes, he does a decent job of helping to protect his own zone. He’s also willing to block shots.

 

Future

Romano’s scoring touch at the junior level never transitioned into the professional level. At this point he is a long shot to make the NHL.