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09-30-2012, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Leaf Rocket View Post
As for D'amigo, his physical and skating was ALWAYS a given since he was drafted, If I recall in his first prospect camp with us he impressed the leaf brass, but it was his Offensive transition that was worrisome for us hence split time in AHL and OHL.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed American forward Jerry D'Amigo, a sixth-round draft pick who has created first-round buzz because of his speed and rapid development.

"His ascension has been meteoric," Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke said. "He has come farther in 12 months than most players do in 36 months."

Drafted 158th in 2009, D'Amigo rocketed up the Toronto prospect list by playing a significant role in helping the USA win the gold medal at the world junior championships last winter. He also had a strong season at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), registering 10 goals and 24 assists for 34 points in 35 games.

Listed at 195 pounds last season, he has bulked up to 210 this offseason.

"His greatest asset is his hockey sense," Burke said. "He has a high hockey IQ."

Leaf prospect Jerry D’Amigo continues to build on a tremendous 2009-2010 campaign, taking home rookie of the year honours for the ECAC Hockey conference. Union College’s Keith Kinkaid and Harvard University’s Louis Leblanc were the two other finalists.
Let's pretend he was a 1st. round pick.


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