A quick note: I’m flipping the weekly order of Prospect Need to Know this time because world junior camps are about to start and I’ll be getting a lot of info on drafted players this week. So I’m going back-to-back on 2020 prospects.
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Speed kills. In today’s NHL, we know this is true and if a prospect can wheel, it gives them a big leg up on the competition. That’s why it will be interesting to see where right winger Frankie Carogioiello goes in the draft this summer. The 2020 prospect is super-fast on the ice and he’s still growing his game at St. Andrew’s College, the Ontario prep school just north of Toronto.
St. Andrew’s split a pair of games against Shattuck-St. Mary’s over the weekend and the Saints have been attracting an increasing amount of high-end players in recent years, from Carolina’s Warren Foegele to prospects such as Morgan Barron (NYR), Ryan O’Connell (TOR) and Matthew Stienburg (COL).
Carogioiello (pronounced ‘Car-zheyal-oh’) looked great against Shattucks in the game I saw and his raw potential is obvious.
“He’s a high-energy player,” said coach David Manning. “He flies around the ice and his speed really separates himself from a lot of players at this level. He’s got a great work ethic and he has the ability to make plays when he’s able to use his speed and get to open spaces.”
While he started the season at center, Carogioiello has found more success on the right wing with center Daniel Baldasarra and Merrimack commit Devlin O’Brien, mainly in a playmaking role.
“I feel like that’s one of my biggest strengths – my speed and also my hockey IQ,” Carogioiello said. “So I try to find my teammates with my speed and my passing.”
Carogioiello himself is a Miami commit and while he’s not sure yet if he will be joining the RedHawks for 2020-21 or the season after that, he is excited about the culture of the program.
“Miami reminded me a lot of this place,” he said. “They have a motto called ‘The Brotherhood’ and I thought it was really similar to how St. Andrew’s is: Everyone here is close-knit, everyone likes each other. It really is like a brotherhood and everyone is like a big family here.”
The mission now is to maximize his gifts as he continues to play a competitive schedule with the Saints.
“The big thing I stress with Frankie is that because of his speed, he puts himself into positions to have lots of time and space, but sometimes he uses it too slowly,” Manning said. “He needs to be more aggressive and get into the middle of the ice more. And he needs to shoot more – he’s got a great shot.”
Once he does that, Carogioiello will be very difficult to handle. He has tested himself at the Jr. A level this season, getting into games with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, and his doggedness and great stick has made him a dynamic part of the St. Andrew’s penalty-kill. The elements are certainly there for him to be the latest Saints player to hear his name called at the NHL draft.
Here are 10 more 2020 prospects making noise, with a special emphasis on Shattuck-St. Mary’s this week.
Artem Schlaine, C, Shattuck-St. Mary’s Sabres (Minn. prep): The team’s top center and points leader, Schlaine is a very talented player with a great competitive edge to his game. The Russian-born pivot has played some games for USHL Muskegon and he’s committed to Boston University.
Jackson Kunz, LW, Shattuck-St. Mary’s Sabres (Minn. prep): A two-way player with excellent offensive skills, Kunz is a North Dakota commit and the leading goal-scorer on the team with 26 goals in 26 games. He has played a couple games for USHL Green Bay, too.
Winter Wallace, RW, Shattuck-St. Mary’s Sabres (Minn. prep): Rounding out the top line is Wallace, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound power forward who excels at puck protection thanks to his strength and body positioning. He’s a Michigan State commit who plays with great fire.
Charles-Antoine Lavallee, G, Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL): With starter Olivier Rodrigue away at Canada’s WJC camp, Lavallee gets a great opportunity to log some major minutes in the Moncton net. The 6-foot-2 netminder already boasts a shutout and seven wins in his first nine games, so there is intrigue there.
Sam Colangelo, RW, Chicago Steel (USHL): I’ve already had Brendan Brisson and Sean Farell on the list, so it’s time to give Colangelo some love. Big and dynamic, the Northeastern commit has been one of the top scorers in the league this year and is currently playing for Team USA at the World Jr. A Challenge.
Shakir Mukhamadullin, D, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL): The WJAC is a great showcase for Mukhamadullin, who has been playing minimal minutes in the KHL. He’s already got two points in two games for Russia and his combination of size, skill, reach and aggression makes him a very tantalizing prospect.
Quinton Byfield, C, Sudbury Wolves (OHL): Byfield rolled into Canada’s WJC camp hot, with 10 points in his past three games for the Wolves. He’s the total package and Team Canada was giving him a great opportunity to succeed early, running a practice line with Dylan Cozens and Nolan Foote.
Alexis Lafreniere, LW, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL): Like Byfield, Lafreniere comes into Canada’s WJC camp in a great headspace. The top-ranked prospect for the draft leads the ‘Q’ in scoring with 70 points in just 32 games. He wants to take over games and thanks to his skills, he does it often.
Drew Commesso, G, U.S. NTDP (USHL): With the exception of a 6-3 loss to Youngstown, Commesso has been incredibly solid for the NTDP lately, surrendering no more than two goals in any other of his past 10 games. At 6-foot-2, the Boston University commit has the requisite size to be an NHL goalie.
Jake Neighbours, LW, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL): A point-per-game player for a surging Oil Kings squad, Neighbours is a great playmaker with a sturdy build and he can really make things happen on the power play.
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