Tommy Vannelli

by dabrams2021 on September 24, 2017

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Tommy Vannelli, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-2

Weight: 170

Born: 1995-01-26

Hometown: Minnetonka, MN

Drafted: 2013 by St. Louis Blues, 47th Overall

 

 

Observations:

September 2017 - Vannelli spent 2016-2017 with the Atlanta Gladiators and the Missouri Mavericks of the ECHL.  In 46 ECHL games, he had a total of 1 goal and 18 assists.  Vannelli was at one point viewed as a top defensive prospect for the St. Louis Blues.  At present it seems to be a long journey for him from the ECHL to the NHL.  Vannelli is irrelevant from a fantasy perspective for the foreseeable future. Doug Abrams

 
 

October 2016 – Vannelli has been cut from training camp and been assigned to Chicago in the AHL. The main focus this year will be to stay healthy as a concussion limited him to just seven games last season. If he does, he has the ability to put up some solid offensive stats. Brad Phillips

 

May 2016 – The young defenseman turned pro, and was injured just a few games into the 2015-16 season. Unfortunately this put his development on hold. We’ll see what he can bring in 2016-17. His amazing offensive ability makes him interesting for fantasy leagues. The Blues are in no immediate need at the position, so missing the year might have been a positive, giving him to mature and develop physically. He’ll resume in the Fall with the Wolves in AHL. Matt Kowalski

 

February 2015Still playing with the Medicine Hat Tigers in the WHL and showing strong development in his game. Scored 41 points for them last year and is on pace to put at least that many up again this year. What is most impressive is he's turned into a plus-19 this year. Always an offensive talent but his defensive awareness seems to be coming around. The kid has hockey in his blood, Minnesota hockey legend Lou Nanne is his grandfather and he has cousins who have also been drafted into NHL. Succeeded at every level he has played in, as a standout for Minnetonka (MN) High School, and one of the best defensemen for Medicine Hat this year. He is ready for the AHL, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him turn pro soon. He still projects to be a major force on the power play in the NHL with his offensive gifts, still a few years out though to give his big frame time to fill in and mature as defenseman. Matt Kowalski

 

October 2014 – After a successful start to his WHL career with 41 points in 60 games for Medicine Hat, Vannelli will continue his development there for the 2014-15 campaign. He remains a few years away from being in the NHL. Eric Daoust

 

October 2013 – Vannelli is in the WHL for the 2013-14 campaign. After nine games with Medicine Hat he leads his team's defense with four goals and eight points. His progression so far has been impressive. Eric Daoust

 

July 2013Vannelli was selected by St. Louis in the second round (47th overall). This is a good landing spot for him as there is not much prospect competition on the back end in the organization. Eric Daoust

 

June 2013 – Tommy Vannelli was a late riser in the draft rankings and rightfully so, as he possesses some tantalizing offensive skill from the back end. He enters the draft as one of the best skating defensemen available and owns some great puck rushing ability. As a defenseman, Vannelli racked up eight goals and 31 points for Minnetonka High in the Minnesota High School circuit but then received late season audition with the US U18 WHC team, scoring two goals and three points in seven tournament games. Vannelli owns great vision and puck skills and doesn’t buckle when under pressure, all qualities important to offensive puck rushing defensemen. Brendan Ross

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: C-

One of the better offensive defenseman in the Blues prospect pool, but the Blues are stacked with defensive prospects.

 

 

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