Michael Dal Colle

by michaelfarkas on June 19, 2017

 

Michael Dal Colle - Photo Courtesy of OshawaGenerals.com

 

Michael Dal Colle, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 198

Born: 1996-06-20

Hometown: Richmond Hill, ON, CAN

Drafted: 2014 by New York Islanders, 5th overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

June 2017 - With his first full professional season under his belt, it still remains a bit of mystery as to what the Islanders have in Michael Dal Colle. He collected 41 points in 75 games for Bridgeport (AHL). He is a natural finisher with a great shot; however, the Sound Tigers roster is weak at center - which hurts Dal Colle's ability to do his thing. As most young players are, he was shuffled around the lineup a bit but was used down low on the power play a fair amount. He definitely has the shot and the goal-scoring instincts to be a quality scoring threat. The largely unexcitable winger plays a game similar to that of James van Riemsdyk. His biggest weakness is skating: straight-legged, poor on his edges and seems almost unable to cross-over. It needs a lot of work to become NHL caliber. Michael Farkas

 

November 2016 -  As with any fifth overall pick, the expectations are very high for Dal Colle. He has the size to be an everyday NHL player and for a player with his frame he skates well and has great offensive and goal scoring attributes. Unfortunately for Dal Colle he was not given a roster spot out of training camp with the Islanders, and was released earlier than maybe expected. Nevertheless, Dal Colle, who is entering his first year in Pro, will not be hurt by this decision and he will be playing at the necessary level where he can exceed and play his game to develop into the player the Islanders hope he will. Many Dal Colle owners may be frustrated with the appearance of him being jumped in the organization by Beauvillier or Barzal, but don't sleep on MDC - so far with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers he has five goals in 10 games which leads all rookies in the AHL. The future is still bright for Dal Colle, and it won't be unreasonable to think he may end up on John Tavares' wing one day. Dal Colle projects to be a scoring winger with great size and a nose for the net. Fantasy owners should be happy with the long term outlook.  Kevin Pedersen

July 2016 – 2015-16 was truly a tale of two seasons for Michael Dal Colle. In the first half with the Oshawa Generals, he managed only eight goals and 25 points in 30 games played. To cap off 2015, he was an early cut from Team Canada’s World Junior squad. However, on January 1, 2016, Dal Colle was traded to Kingston, where he exploded. He put up 33 goals and 73 points in 39 total games for the high flying Frontenacs. Dal Colle finished the year ninth in the OHL in shots on goal, tenth in even strength primary points, and eleventh in total primary points. Still, the year feels like somewhat of a disappointment for a guy who was a fifth overall pick two years ago. In fact, Dal Colle registered a worse points-per-game average in 2015-16 than he did in his draft eligible campaign. There’s no reason for his owners to panic, but now may be a good time to sell high while his draft position is fresh in your leaguemates’ memories. Brent Craswell

February 2016 - In 14 games since being traded to Kingston Dal Colle has put up 31 points. Needless to say he needed a change of scenery and has since taken off. Pat Quinn

 

January 2016 - After being traded from Oshawa, putting up a disappointing 25 points in 30 games, Dal Cole scored eight points in his only two games for the Kingston Frontenacs so far. It is safe to say he is liking his new team, and hopefully that leads to him putting up the kind of point totals we expect. Pat Quinn

 

December 2015 – Dal Colle was cut from team Canada’s World Junior roster on the second day of camp where he was expected to be a top player. His play over the two day training camp was disappointing on many accounts and added to his poor season. He currently sits 68th in OHL scoring, and considering he should be at least top ten at this stage his play is slightly worrisome. There is still a bright future for Dal Colle in the pros but he really needs to step up his game as an overager in the OHL. Pat Quinn

 

Nov 2015 – Dal Colle is having a disappointing start to the season for the Oshawa Generals, likely still disappointed by his demotion for the Islanders. He has 13 points in 16 games, which for an over-ager and the lofty expectations put on Dal Colle it is not impressive to see. He will rebound though as he is just too good to be below a point per game for long, not to mention he is the captain of the Generals this year, so perhaps he is focusing on leadership and two-way play instead of scoring. Still a must own in keeper leagues and that should not change. Pat Quinn

 

Oct 2015 - Dal Colle was sent back to Junior for his final year early in Islanders camp. He did not do enough to stand out at camp and was sent to the OHL rather early. He will dominate in his final year and see AHL time before his season is up. He may play a final game for the Islanders but as for right now expect him in the NHL next season, with a chance of a brief AHL stint first. Pat Quinn

 

April 2015 – Dal Colle finished his third OHL season with 93 points, 42 of them goals, in 56 games. It was the third year in a row he upped his points per game and he finished the year with the most amount of goals he has scored in the OHL. So far in the playoffs he has three goals in three games for the Oshawa Generals. He remains one to watch for the Islanders and if you can get him in a keeper pool don’t let him go. Pat Quinn

 

October 2014 – Oshawa forward Michael Dal Colle has been named to the OHL’s roster for the upcoming Subway® Super Series and will compete in both games on November 13th and 17th in Peterborough and Kingston, respectively. Since being returned to Oshawa, Michael Dal Colle has racked up five goals and 12 points in his first seven games, including five multi-point contests. Brendan Ross

September 2014 - Dal Colle lined up on Ryan Strome's left wing to kick off Isles rookie camp. He is quite possibly the heir apparent to John Tavares' left side but whether that happens now or a year or two down the road remains to be seen, "I want to be a big part of this team in the future and make a good impression, and that's what I'm trying to do." The youngster roomed with Strome over the summer and continues to bunk with the talented center. The Isles will hope Strome can ease Dal Colle into professional hockey with some of the experience he picked up last year. Brad Wilson

 

June 2014 – The New York Islanders draft Michael Dal Colle 5th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

 

May 2014 –Michael Dal Colle was named to the OHL's 2nd All-Star Team joining Connor McDavid, Scott Kosmachuk, Adam Pelech, Nikita Zadorov and Matt Murray. Dal Colle finished the 2013-14 season as the top scoring NHL Draft eligible OHLer tallying 39 goals and 95 regular season points.Brendan Ross

January 2014 - Heading into weekend action as of January 24th, Generals' forward Michael Dal Colle sat 5th in OHL scoring with 29 goals and 67 points through 46 games showcasing his wicked shot and mind-blowing playmaking ability. Michael Dal Colle was ranked 4th onTSN's Bob McKenzie's 2014 NHL Draft Mid-Term Rankings. Brendan Ross

 

 

November 2013 - Dal Colle is coming off a career high five assist game versus the Ottawa 67's on November 5th in 7-1 win. The big rangy winger has demonstrated elite vision and playmaking ability in the early games of his draft season. His ability to find open  lanes and execute crisp passes opens up the ice for his linemates and scoring chances almost immediately follow. Dal Colle's style of game reminds me of Joe Thornton as he really slows the game down with his patience, possession skills and passing ability. Brendan Ross

 

November 2013 – Michael Dal Colle of the Oshawa Generals was named to the OHL roster for the 2013 SUBWAY Super Series. Dal Colle’s 11 goals and 28 points through 17 games places him second in scoring among first time 2014 NHL Draft eligible OHL skaters. Brendan Ross

 

September 2013 - Oshawa Generals sophomore Michael Dal Colle was named OHL Player of the Week (ending September 22) after scoring four goals and seven points in his first two games of the season. Brendan Ross

 

August 2013 – Dal Colle is coming off an impressive rookie campaign with the Oshawa Generals in 2012-13 where he registered 15 goals and 48 points in 63 contests. The Richmond Hill native’s game translated seamlessly to the Ontario Hockey League and that comes as no surprise since Dal Colle already owns good size, hockey sense and two-way aptitude. As the former 7th overall selection in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection Draft, Oshawa believes strongly that Dal Colle has all of the attributes to develop into a franchise forward. Heading into his draft year, Dal Colle will look to challenge for a top 10 selection and his strong puck possession game that features impressive vision and a goal scorer’s touch around the net will be highly coveted. Dal Colle has displayed that he can contribute on the defensive side of the puck and that will not go unnoticed. Dal Colle was a member of Team Canada’s 2013 Ivan Hlinka gold medal winning team posting two goals and four points in five games. Brendan Ross

 

Fantasy Outlook: B

He hangs around the net a lot and puts home whatever he finds, plus he has a shot that can beat an NHL goalie from mid-range right now. It really just comes down to improving his first two steps, agility and balance.

 

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