Anthony Cirelli

by Dobber Sports on January 10, 2017

Anthony Cirelli - photo courtesy: tsn.ca

 

 

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:

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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