ANGELO ESPOSITO Center Quebec (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) 6-1, 180 pounds
He was ranked No. 1 by Central Scouting earlier in the year but fell to No. 8 in the final rankings. Captained Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2007 Under-18 World Championships and was a member of the 2006 Memorial Cup champions.
“He was the consensus, pre-season No. 1 but he faltered a little bit because two players he played with the year before were gone and opposing teams could focus on him more this season,” said Panther director of scouting Scott Luce.
Esposito, no relation to former NHL stars Phil and Tony, had 27 goals (79) points in 60 games last season with Quebec. He’s envisioned as a skilled forward with excellent speed who’s not afraid to go to the net. Central Scouting says he “sees the ice well and has the ability to make pin-point passes.” Central Scouting also adds he needs to increase his physical presence and his play in traffic. “Needs to show more consistency,” says Central Scouting.
A former figure skater who’s fluent in three languages, Esposito patterns his game after Vincent Lecavalier. Ironically, Esposito’s agent is Phil Lecavalier, brother of Vincent. Says Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy, his coach in Quebec, has had the most influence on him.
Esposito’s pre-game ritual: Has to be the first one dressed.