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Draft Profile: Daniel Catenacci

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The Rangers currently have five defensemen under the age of 28 on their roster and two more top prospects on the way, so it’s very likely New York will be looking to add some offensive firepower with its first-round pick, No. 15 overall in the NHL Draft.

Between now and June 24th, we’ll take a look at some of the forwards that the Rangers might be thinking about taking on draft day.  Today, we look at…

Daniel Catenacci

HT: 5-10

WT: 176

Pos: C

Shoots: L

Birthday: 3/9/93

Team: S.S. Marie, OHL

2009-2010 stats: 10g, 20a, 65gp, 68PIM, -6

2010-2011 stats: 26g, 45a, 67gp, 117PIM, -5

2010-2011 playoffs: N/A profile > 



The Hockey News: 35

CSS: 37 Midterm Rank: 43


TSN: 50 Midterm Rank: 30 

TSN (Craig Button): N/A 

The Scouting Report: 59 Midterm Rank: 36 

Bruins 2011 Draft Watch: 45 

Corey Pronman: 53 

ESPN: 35


Highlight Reel > 


What They’re Saying:

THN – “In a draft that has a plethora of small forwards, Daniel Catenacci has distinguished himself from the others with his skating and ability to make plays at top speed.  ‘When you draft a kid who’s probably the fastest skater, you can make the case it’s not a bad pick,’ one scout said.  ‘He’s more individual than some, but can make plays at a high speed.’  Playing on a weak team, Catenacci had a nine-game goal-scoring streak early in the season.  But offense isn’t his only strength – he’s very abrasive and has a high level of grit.  He’s also a stocky player with a low center of gravity, which makes him difficult to knock off the puck.  ‘He’s probably one of the better small players in draft,’ a scout said.  ‘He’s strong on his skates, plays with a lot of intensity and has some grit.  He plays bigger than his size.’  There are some scouts who wonder whether his game will translate well at the NHL level.”

The Scouting Report – “Catenacci’s fall in our rankings is more a symptom of other players moving ahead of him rather than faults of his own. After a bit of a disappointing first year in the OHL, Catenacci took a more offensive role with the Greyhounds this season and showed more of an ability to create opportunities when he’s on the ice. Catenacci’s issue for us comes down to defining what type of a role he can have at the next level. He’s a good defensive player and tenacious center at this level, but how much will that translate to the NHL given his size? We’re not sure he has enough offense to be a Top 6 guy, which makes him a bit of a tweener in our eyes.”

Bruins 2011 Draft Watch –“Former 1st overall selection in the OHL draft is a blazing, dynamic, game-breaker- He's the hot dog with extra mustard and all the relish. Coming into the year, he was looking lost in the shuffle after a tough season in '09-10, but he used the Eight Nations/Ivan Hlinka as a springboard for a 26-goal, 71-point season. Excellent skater and puckhandler who is a real dangler. His father, Maurice, coached Daniel, Ryan Murphy and Barclay Goodrow among others on the high-flying York-Simcoe Express minor midget team, so the younger Catenacci comes from a real hockey background. Catenacci gets into trouble when he goes into solo mode and tries to beat the other team by himself. Takes bad penalties and needs to work on keeping his emotions in check. His defense is also lacking and as an undersized guy needs to get a lot stronger.  Make no mistake- when on his game in the offensive zone, this kid can bring it.”

Hockey's Future – “ISS has loved Catenacci's style for some time now and there was a lot riding on his performance during the U18s, but Catenacci did not deliver. The super quick and speedy forward failed to create much offense and most of his shifts were spent in the perimeter trying and failing to drive the middle. He started out the tournament with the top line but found himself mostly substituting on the second and third lines as the tournament wore on. Still a prospect to get excited about but he likely cemented himself as at most a 2nd round pick with his subpar performance.”

True Hockey – “Although Catenacci is listed at just five-foot-ten inches, 185 pounds, his intensity, drive, work ethic and skill is larger than life.  After notching 10 goals, 20 assists, 30 points and 68 penalty minutes in his rookie season, the Newmarket, Ont. native has emerged as one of the Greyhounds top performers, now leading the club in points.  His aforementioned size has no effect on his style of play, as the young forward bring a gritty, hard-nosed style to go along with his excellent vision and natural scoring touch.  The 93 penalty minutes Catenacci has racked up his season give a prime example of that grit, and if you get a chance to watch him play, you will notice his fearlessness to get into the dangerous areas of the ice and battle hard for pucks in the corners.  He likes to describe his style being similar to Peter Forsberg, which is an accurate notion judging from his on-ice performance as well as his stats on paper. He takes pride in his speed, passing ability, and defensive responsibility, to go along with his incredible hands.  His team-leading 56 points are not his only impressive attribute, as his two-way play in both the offensive and defensive end continues to improve and show he has the ability to play in all types of situations.  With the man advantage, Catenacci has been more than successful this year with 8 power play goals, and you will also see him on the ice while the Greyhounds are killing off penalties.” – “Expectations were high for Catenacci coming out of the 2009 Ontario League draft, where he was tabbed first overall by the Greyhounds. And while his rookie campaign was good (30 points in 65 games), it wasn’t exceptional in terms of offensive production. But as a sophomore, the speedster is proving he can be an elite junior player, with 20 points in 16 games.  ‘I put a lot of pressure on myself last year to perform well,’ Catenacci said, ‘and I think it messed up my head a bit mentally. I let the pressure get to me.’  At 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, Catenacci isn’t the biggest player on the ice, but he works hard in both ends and his creativity with the puck makes him dangerous at all times. His faceoff work is also a strong suit, as he can dominate on the dot.” – “One NHL scout described Daniel Catenacci as, ‘One of those guys that's, 'Give me the puck, I want it, I want to be the guy who makes the play.’” 



Mock Drafts:

Adam Kimelman, – N/A 

Mike Morreale, – N/A 

Steven Hoffner, – 11 

Deven Persaud, – N/A – N/A 

Gary Joyce, ESPN – N/A

Mark Seidel, CBC – N/A 

Hockey's Future - N/A

The Hockey News - N/A


Thoughts: Catenacci has speed to burn and at least some scouts are impressed enough with his game-breaking ability to think that he should be a high pick.  But it’s alarming that several experts are concerned with how Catenacci’s game will translate to the pros.  Oftentimes the one-dimensional burners that aren’t great at using their teammates can tear up junior hockey but fall flat on their faces in the NHL.  Rico Fata comes to mind.  Nevertheless, Catenacci is apparently quite good on face-offs and some say that he is a solid two-way guy. 

The Rangers selected Michael Del Zotto from the OHL in 2008.  They frequently dip into the league for prospects.  Catenacci would be a major reach at No. 15, but he could be the type of player that falls in the draft and if he’s their in the second round he would be a good choice.



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Posted by Kevin Baumer | June 6, 2011 at 11:17 am

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