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Coronato on 'Bison' nickname, favorite pizza on 'NHL Draft Class' podcast

Top forward prospect talks goals for rest of season; USHL commissioner discusses return to play

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Matthew Coronato said the snarling and growling makes him laugh when he sees his highlights on broadcasts of his games with Chicago of the United States Hockey League.

Play-by-play voice Mark Citron gave Coronato the nickname "Bison," which Coronato has come to enjoy.

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"Citron says that I go hard to the net and kind of ram it like a bison," Coronato said on the "NHL Draft Class" podcast Wednesday. "He has some other little attributes he says I have that are that are similar to a bison. It doesn't really make too much sense to me but it's funny. Everyone likes it and he's using it a lot. So it's good."

Coronato (5-foot-11, 180 pounds), an A-rated right wing on NHL Central Scouting's January players to watch list, leads the USHL with 22 goals and is second with 48 points in 25 games.

It's a big jump from last season, his first in the league, when he scored 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists) in 45 games.

Coronato also discusses how he was able to develop his game and what he still wants to accomplish this season. The native of Greenlawn, New York, also weighs in on his favorite type of pizza, New York-style thin crust or Chicago deep dish.

USHL commissioner Tom Garrity also joined the podcast to talk about the league's return to play protocols, the possibility of a showcase game for 2021 NHL Draft prospects and how the league has managed to fulfill its role of helping players be seen by NHL and college scouts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We partnered with a video analytics company called SportLogiq," Garrity said. "It's a service that the NHL and a lot of their teams use. It basically analyzes video for all the teams providing video and also tied to NHL Central Scouting and the NHL individual team scouting departments, so they have direct access to video of our games for scouting purposes. We've been really fortunate that we can use that to enhance the kids and their development and get the scouts and the folks that they want to be in front of the opportunity to have that access."

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