Anthony Cirelli

by olafson1393 on May 30, 2017

 

Anthony Cirelli, C

 

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 161

Born: 1997-07-15

Hometown: Woodbridge, ON, CAN

Drafted: 2015 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 72nd overall

 

Observations:

May 2017 – The seasoned OHLer was a force for the Erie Otters in a losing cause to the Windsor Spitfires in the Memorail Cup Final. Cirelli is looking like the Lightning's best kept secret who isn't far from getting out, if he hasn't already. His combination of defensive responsibility and offensive awareness make him a coach's tool for any job, and one who will likely earn ice time steadily next year with the Crunch. If he is able to retain all aspects of his game from junior, and develop them to a level that is on par at a professional level, he could see a similar progression to Ondrej Palat, and become a versatile forward in the NHL sooner than some may have expected. Brayden Olafson

 

May 2017 – In the small sample size that is the first three rounds of the OHL playoffs, Cirelli has seen a decline in his faceoff success rate of around 10%. The decline could very well be due to the growing strength of his competition at the centre position as the Otters advance, as well as the fact that the Otters seem to be becoming more heavily dependent on the reliable two-way pivot. On a more positive note, Cirelli has seen a spike in his offensive production throughout these playoffs. His path to the pros is seemingly becoming more certain by the day, so long as the 19 year old is able to add the necessary strength to compete in a grown men's game. Brayden Olafson

 

March 2017 – Since his move to Erie, Cirelli has continued his scoring trend of better than a point-a-game, en route to a first-round match up with Sarnia. Anthony was voted top defensive forward in the OHL in the 2016-17 coaches poll, earning 31 points on a weighted scale (1st place vote - 5 points, 2nd place vote - 3 points, 3rd place vote - 1 point). The responsible pivot, who became a more well-known for his prowess in the defensive zone as well as the faceoff dot prospect during the World Junior Championships will look to do the same with the Otters on their way to challenging for a Memorial Cup.   Brayden Olafson

 

January 2017 – Anthony Cirelli was a hot commodity around OHL Trade Deadline this year. Fresh off a silver medal win at the 2017 World Junior Championship with Team Canada, Cirelli was traded to the Erie Otters and will add some experience, leadership and depth to an already high-powered OHL squad. Cirelli, a walk on in the OHL, was a late bloomer and really excelled in his draft season helping lead his team to an OHL championship and the Memorial Cup. As the championship team dwindled down last season, Cirelli continued to prove that season was not a fluke. His ice-time was increased and he stepped into a leadership role. Cirelli's strengths have been his fluid skating and two-way game. His ability to play in multiple roles and play well under pressure helped land him a spot with Team Canada. While Cirelli could stand to gain more core strength, his work ethic, energy and commitment with the puck has turned him into a very valuable player. Cirelli tallied three goals and seven points in seven games while mainly playing in a third line checking role. He added 12 shots on goal for a shooting percentage of 25%. While Cirelli is likely destined to be a third line centre in the NHL, his vision, hands and playmaking ability give the Tampa Bay Lightning more options. Kathryn Jean

 

April 2016 – The 2015 Mastercard Memorial Cup hero capped off the best year of his OHL career by signing an ATO with the Syracuse Crunch (AHL). Anthony Cirelli led the Oshawa Generals to the OHL Playoffs in a year where the team struggled mightily. Cirelli finished first among Generals in points (59), assists (38), and power play goals (10). He also served as the captain when Michael Dal Colle (NYI) was traded to the Kingston Frontenacs. Cirelli became a stronger player this year and worked very hard on improving in coming out of his own end. Partly due to the increased time spent in on the backcheck compared to last year. The positives already found in Cirelli’s game are his offensive creativity and his skating. Max Marko

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: C

Cirelli has good offensive instincts and skating ability, but plays his best when using his two-way ability.

 

 

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Anthony Cirelli Memorial Cup OT Winner:

 

 

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