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Seth Lake 06-26-2010 03:09 PM

Preds select ANTHONY BITETTO - 6th round - 168th overall
 
http://www.gonu.com/images/2010/6/4/...tetto_web3.jpg

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“He was arguably one of the best defensemen in the USHL last season. Anthony is extremely tough and he sees the ice well. His game is well-balanced and his bomb from the point will be a welcomed addition.” – Assistant coach, Albie O’Connell
Heading to Northeastern (NCAA - Hockey East) next season. Will be under the watchful eyes of Paul Fenton and Jeff Kealty...who are both based out of Mass.

Very good article on Bitetto over on Northeastern website...

http://www.gonu.com/news/2010/6/8/MH...608105310.aspx

worstfaceoffmanever 06-26-2010 04:02 PM

Poile is also a Northeastern alumnus.

Very intriguing prospect. Good size, very productive. He'll be one to watch.

Seth Lake 06-26-2010 04:35 PM

Interview with Indiana Ice head coach Jeff Blashill (former coach at Miami-Ohio) and Bitetto...



Kid has a very heavy New York accent...

Seth Lake 06-26-2010 05:09 PM

Fight scorecard from the USHL is 3-0-0 out of 7 fights total...big right hand shown here. Also throws some big left hands in a couple other fight videos...


Seth Lake 06-26-2010 07:43 PM

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Another U.S.-born defenseman heard his name called by the Predators at No. 168 (sixth round). Island Park, N.Y., native and Indiana Ice blueliner Anthony Bitetto was a 2009-10 All-USHL Second Team selection after ranking fourth among United States Hockey League d-men in points and sixth at the position in goals (11g-29a-40pts) in 58 games. The 6-1, 210-pounder, who is headed to Northeastern University (alma mater of Poile) in the fall of 2010, is characterized as a two-way defenseman with a booming point shot.

“Bitetto is a good, strong, physical defensemen,” Predators North American Amateur Scout David Westby said. “He makes a good first past, plays an in-your-face style of defense, finishes checks and has good jam defensively.”

Bitteto’s 13.6 shooting percentage was also second-best among USHL defensemen, while his 99 penalty minutes ranked among the Top 15 at the position. Bitteto started the 2008-09 campaign with N.Y. Apple Core of the Eastern Junior Hockey League, before joining the Ice in January, then proceeded to help the club to its first Clark Cup title that spring.
http://predators.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=533017

In case no one has figured it out...I really like this kid. Probably stems from the fact that I grew up around a lot of players from NY with the heavy accent and Italian heritage, but regardless...I'm looking forward to catching a few Northeastern games on NESN next season and look forward to watching the Beanpot even more this year knowing we have another player involved in the tournament...

worstfaceoffmanever 06-26-2010 07:55 PM

You have every reason to like him. It sounds like he has a great set of tools.

My question is, why wasn't he on the radar for more teams? One would think a guy with his skill set would be all over draft boards and never make it this far down the board unless his skating is just criminally bad or there's some other huge flaw to his game.

Seth Lake 06-26-2010 08:21 PM

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Originally Posted by worstfaceoffmanever (Post 26551305)
You have every reason to like him. It sounds like he has a great set of tools.

My question is, why wasn't he on the radar for more teams? One would think a guy with his skill set would be all over draft boards and never make it this far down the board unless his skating is just criminally bad or there's some other huge flaw to his game.

That's what I'm wondering. Looking forward to watching him at prospects camp. Was captain at Apple Core (EJHL) before getting "traded" mid-season to Indianapolis (USHL) where he played well as they went to the Cup. Committed to Northeastern last summer and served as an alternate captain for the Ice this season where he was named to the post-season All-Star second team.

I think more than anything he is an older prospect (turns 20 on July 15th) and is heading to college. Unranked by CSS due to his age, but from the reports I've read...he was likely to be selected this year by someone.

One thing that worried me slightly was that he mentioned in that interview on YouTube that his biggest flaw was letting people go right through him and he was working to fix that. Played big minutes...so it can't be that bad...but as I said, I'm looking forward to watching him at camp.

Seth Lake 06-29-2010 02:59 PM

MEET THE NEWEST PREDATORS: Anthony Bitetto…

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JG: You were fourth in USHL scoring last season, do you consider yourself a two-way defenseman?

AB: Uh… I might have to start changing that way. *laughs* No, uh, right now, I’m a good first-pass out of the zone guy, a hard-hitting defensemen, just protecting the puck, making sure the guy’s gotta come through me before he gets to the net. I still consider myself a (stay at home) D guy.
http://www.section303.com/meet-the-n...bitetto-2-5409

quartermaster29 06-30-2010 12:34 PM

"...making sure the guy’s gotta come through me before he gets to the net."

I. Love. This. Quote.


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