Anthony Angello

by Mark Allan on December 4, 2017

 

Anthony Angello, C

Shoots: R

Height: 6-05

Weight: 206

Born: 1996-03-06

Hometown:  Manlius, NY, USA

Drafted: 5th round 2014 (145th overall)

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

December 2017 – Previously a bruiser with Cornell, the 6-5 center appears to be remaking his game as a junior by becoming more of a playmaker and staying out of the penalty box so far. With two goals and five assists in 10 games, he’s flipped his 2016-17 ratio of 12 goals and eight helpers while his lone minor penalty to date is in stark contrast to 51 PIMs in 35 games. No matter; the Penguins should still be interested in a player who might develop into a replacement for traded bottom-six middleman Oskar Sundqvist. Mark Allan

 

June 2017 – Posting roughly the same offensive numbers (12 goals and eight assists) as in his freshman season with Cornell University, the towering 6-5 middleman doubled his PIMs to 51. That reminded the people who drafted him that his physical game is much more suited to the pros than to the NCAA. Angello remains a long-term project, albeit an intriguing one. Mark Allan

February 2017 – An imposing presence, the bruising middleman is getting his goals and PIMs. After 25 games as a Cornell sophomore, Angello has 10 goals and six assists as well as a plus-6 rating and 37 penalty minutes. His scoring is progressing nicely: In nine fewer games than his freshman season, he has only one fewer goal. Regardless of whether he finishes his full four seasons in the NCAA, Angello is a long-range project. A 6-5 physical center who can score is worth the wait. Mark Allan

October 2016 – Cornell has yet to play a league game, which is probably fine with opposing centers considering the towering Angello has added an inch and 10 pounds to an already-imposing frame. Mark Allan

June 2016 – The potential shutdown power forward displayed unexpected offense in his freshman season at Cornell University, posting 24 points in 34 games. Although he will never live up to his last name (and the Penguins don't want him to), the abrasive Angello slashed (pardon the expression) his PIMs from 90 in his final USHL season to 26 in his first at Cornell. Pittsburgh can afford to wait on what is essentially a project. Mark Allan

April 2016 – The budding power forward is doing well as a freshman at Cornell University with 11 goals and 13 assists in 34 games. Continuing a trend he established in two seasons with the USHL’s Omaha Lancers, Angello has 26 penalty minutes with Cornell. Playing with a chip on his shoulder, the strapping centerman totaled 175 PIMs in 114 USHL games. Angello has worked on his defensive play since he was a minus-10 in his first Omaha season. He improved that to plus-9 in his second USHL season, which is where he’s at again this season.

Ranked 10th among Pittsburgh prospects by the 2016 Future Watch, Angello is already combining NHL size, an owly disposition, superior reach and above-average strength to make life miserable for opponents. His overall physical play includes being tough to move down low near an opponent’s net. He likely has a future as an intimidating bottom-six checker. Time will tell how his skating and offense develop. Mark Allan

 

Fantasy Outlook: C-

Projects as a bottom-six power forward with limited yet helpful offensive upside as well as promising PIMs and plus-minus. He needs time at university to polish his game.

 

Footage:

The Cornell University line of Anthony Angello, Mitch Vanderlaan and Jeff Kubiak each had two points Oct. 31, 2015 in a 4-0 win over Niagara.

 

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