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A European Influence

by Mike Ulmer / Toronto Maple Leafs

Name: Daniel Catenacci
Team: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Hometown: Newmarket, Ontario
Position: Centre
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 183 lbs
2010-2011: 67 games, 26 goals, 45 assists, 117 PIMs
Final Central Scouting Ranking for N.A. Skaters: 37th
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Daniel Catenacci is a hybrid, a player with European-type flash with a Canadian soul.

“My skill and skating is the European side and the Canadian in me is the gritty side. I don’t shy away from people,” he said.

“I think my speed really helps me. For me it’s getting away from guys, hitting the seam, it’s a huge advantage.”

The ability to burst out of a corner, best exemplified by Sidney Crosby, is fast becoming a principal asset for players.

“I watch (Sidney) Crosby. He has that low centre of gravity and strong legs. You see him spin off guys and beat guys out of the corner with his speed and his strong legs. That’s something I look at and try to mold myself after. That attribute of his is something I try to relate to. I think for me, I use my centre of gravity and speed to spin off a guy and beat a defenceman to the net. When you already have a guy in front of the net you have a two on one or a clear route to the net.”

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