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2007 Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Angelo Esposito

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
From May 7 through June 15, will be profiling 30 of the top prospects in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in alphabetical order. Check back daily Monday through Friday, to learn more about the players who could become first round draft picks of the club. Philadelphia has two first round picks, including the second choice overall.

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft takes place on June 22 and 23 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Angelo Esposito
2007 Team: Quebec (QMJHL)
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Height: 6’1’’
Weight: 180
DOB: 2-20-89

2007 Statistics
GP: 60G: 27A: 52PTS: 79PIM: 63

Angelo Esposito’s strengths include his great speed and mobility that allows him to keep defenders away. His skating ability paired with his pinpoint passes gives him the tools necessary to become a great offensive player. He is also not afraid to get his nose dirty going hard to the net. Furthermore, his leadership skills were evident as he led Team Canada to the gold in the Under-18 Junior World Cup in the Czech Republic in 2006.

There is no doubt that Esposito has the potential to be as productive as any player in the draft, but some scouts question how far his skills will take him in the NHL. He had a much better 2005-06 season than this year, when he played on a line with NHL rookie standout Alexander Radulov of the Nashville Predators. He had 98 points in 57 games in 2005-06 while playing with Radulov as compared with 79 points in 60 games this past season after his linemate had made the jump to the pros.

Esposito participated in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game on Team White, was named QMJHL Player of the Week on Nov. 16, 2006 after registering 11 points in three games, had three assists for Team QMJHL in the two-game All-Star series, 2006 Canada-Russia Challenge, was a member of the 2006 Memorial Cup Champion Quebec Remparts, posting five points in four Memorial Cup games, was awarded the Michel Bergeron Trophy as the QMJHL’s Top Offensive Rookie in 2005-06, was named to the QMJHL All-Rookie Team in 2005-06, attended Team Canada’s selection camp for the 2007 World Junior Championships.

The Flyers say...
"Angelo Esposito possesses excellent speed and skill. He’s the type of player that can bring you right out of your seat."
- General Manager Paul Holmgren

"Esposito has a chance to be a top line center. He sees the ice well, can make a play, has descent size and can skate. He has been a dominant player throughout his career and the hope is that he continues on this path as a pro."
- Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor

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