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06-28-2014, 10:20 AM
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With the #80 pick, the Wild select Louis Belpedio


Louis Belpedio
U.S. National Under-18 Team
3rd Rd. 80th Overall

Year Team GP G A P PIM
2012-2013 USNTDP Juniors 38 0 4 4 23
U.S. National U17 Team 56 1 11 12 33
USA WHC U17 6 0 3 3 2
2013-2014 USNTDP Juniors 26 5 10 15 24
  U.S. National U18 Team 61 7 16 23 46
USA WJC U18 (Captain) 7 0 2 2 0

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    Birthyear: 1996-05-14
    Birthplace: Skokie, IL, USA
    Age: 18
    Nation: USA
    Position: D
    Shoots: R
    Height: 178 cm / 5'10" Weight:
    87 kg / 192 lbs
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    Louie Belpedio (Miami University) — Skokie, Ill. — Not the tallest defender, but physically stout and one that doesn’t shy away from contact, Belpedio is a solid two-way defender. He has good puck skills to get the puck up ice and has shown an ability to get pucks through to the net as well. He has 20 points from the blue line this year including seven goals. With three goals in his last five games, Belpedio is getting hot at the right time, too. NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 107
  • TheHockeyNews Player Profile - Circulartheory
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    Team USA’s captain at the under-18s, Belpedio is a toolsy, two-way defenseman who can play in a lot of situations. The Miami University commit has good hockey sense and is a right-handed shot, which is coveted by many NHL teams. Draft eligible in 2014.
  • Belpedio invited to USA Junior Camp
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    Belpedio served as captain of the U.S. National Team Development Program last season. He was a steadying influence on the blue line, posting 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 26 games against United State Hockey League competition. He also finished with a +5 rating. He also played for Team USA at the U-18 IIHF World Championship in Finland, helping guide the team to a gold medal in that tournament.
  • Dallas Stars fansite has article with small blurb about Louie
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    Belpedio is a highly intelligent two-way defenseman who has been rising up the draft rankings over the past year. He's an excellent skater with has top end offensive skills and awareness but also is a good shutdown defender in his own right. He isn't the biggest player and his physical play is not as strong as other players. However he's going to be drafted on the basis of his offensive game and his ability to shutdown players using the stick rather than the body. He's committed to Miami University in 2015.




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Looks like he will be heading to Miami (OH) next year.

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My 4th grade teacher's name was Mr. Belpedio!

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this kid better be DYNAMIC

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Louie Belpedio (Miami University) — Skokie, Ill. — Not the tallest defender, but physically stout and one that doesn’t shy away from contact, Belpedio is a solid two-way defender. He has good puck skills to get the puck up ice and has shown an ability to get pucks through to the net as well. He has 20 points from the blue line this year including seven goals. With three goals in his last five games, Belpedio is getting hot at the right time, too. NHL Central Scouting Ranking: 107

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this kid better be DYNAMIC
Brilliant.

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As I mentioned in the other thread, Cal Clutterbuck is 5-11 207lbs, Belpedio as a 18 year old is 5-10 192lbs. With a few seasons in the weight room, if he can develop into a mobile, two-way and physical defenseman pushing 5-11 202lbs, it would be monster!

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Not a whole lot out there on the guy. Can't find any articles and very few pictures/videos.

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Sounds like a typical Fletcher pic, I say he turns pro in a year or 2 max.

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Possibly Spurgeon v2.0?

There isn't much info on this guy

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Possibly Spurgeon v2.0?

There isn't much info on this guy
Kid already weighs more than Spurgeon.

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Possibly Spurgeon v2.0?

There isn't much info on this guy
Nah. Spurgeon is a smart, slick defenseman. From reports, Belpedio is more of a simple defenseman but is stronger and more physical. Not nasty but Spurgeon isn't physical at all so Belpedio will be able to handle bigger players.

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Team USA’s captain at the under-18s, Belpedio is a toolsy, two-way defenseman who can play in a lot of situations. The Miami University commit has good hockey sense and is a right-handed shot, which is coveted by many NHL teams. Draft eligible in 2014.

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06-28-2014, 10:43 AM
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If Lidstrom and Bobby Orr had a kid and that kid grew to be 5'10'' at age of 17 he would be Balpedio....

No but there is no info on the kid, who knows, no mention of his skating or anything, hard to draw a conclusion to Spurg given that Spurg has good iq, positioning and his skating is great

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http://www.usahockey.com/news_articl...rrer_id=752796

Named one of the best 3 players of the U18 gold winning team. so there is that.

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Saw him a couple times in USHL. I mean, he was young, so I can't say much. Wait 4 years and see.

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He's toolsy!

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"Louis Belpedio – D – Shoots: Right – 5‘11“, 192 lbs.
CSS North American Rank #107
May 14th, 1996

Here’s a name unique enough that it’ll stick out at you one way or the other, but Belpedio is a player you’ll want to denote no matter what. He just oozes leadership and has been this winter’s prototype up-and-comer in the program, leaving little doubts about what it means to enjoy the game and being fully confident in one’s capabilities.

Although not the tallest player, Belpedio is stocky and very hard to push off of the puck. Slick in skating and very agile, he loves to go get the puck in his own zone, often by simply taking it away from opponents, and then starting the rush up ice. As a vocal leader who also leads by example on the ice, the organization quickly recognized him as the guy they wanted leading the way. At this point, his poise and maturity is beyond his years. An intelligent player, he can do a little bit of everything, but only time will tell if his all-round game one day translates to the pro level. He’s got plenty of time to make that happen. The tools are there and the toolbox only seems to need a bit of tweaking. He’s simply a heady player who understands not only how to play in all three zones, but how to win hockey games, no matter what the situation is throughout the 60 minutes of play.

In Finland, Belpedio helped lead the team to gold with two assists and a +3 rating. During the season, he put up five goals, 15 points, 24 penalty minutes, and a +5 rating in 26 USHL contests. He also added seven goals, 23 points, and 46 penalty minutes in 61 U.S. NTDP games. Durable and dependent, his offensive output is often not really taken into account, but he has all the tools to continue contributing at a healthy rate in the years to come.

A native of Illinois, the Team USA captain will be joining Miami University in Ohio this upcoming fall.

Draft rank position prediction: Between spots 105-130."

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Sounds like a #4/#5 defenseman who can play on both #2 PP and #2 PK. A low maintenance guy that plays in all situations and has the build to handle and punish some NHLers.

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Fletcher loves the US kids lately. Maybe thinks they aren't getting scouted hard enough by other teams?

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Always like putting stock into the USA kids. Hopefully this one pans out.

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The reports on this kids physical skills and play style are very similar to what was said about Ballard when he was drafted.

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We're pretty good when it comes to scouting Americans.

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Fletcher loves the US kids lately. Maybe thinks they aren't getting scouted hard enough by other teams?
Probably a mix of things. Under-scouted by other teams, easier to scout for us because of location, and they're very easy to sell to the fans in MN.

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