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Fantasy Summary

A skilled offensive player, he’ll play at Harvard for at least two years years before turning pro.


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June 2022- Taking almost all of the 2020-21 campaign off from hockey other than a few USHL games and the WJC (where he was excellent) seemed to have hurt Farinacci’s development, as the young forward struggled offensively. Despite playing a top six, all situations role with Harvard, he finished eighth in team scoring with 10 goals and 19 points in 29 games. Still he was a trusted player by the coaching staff and was a team leader, so much so he was voted team captain for 2022-23. Expect a better offensive year out of Farinacci, before he possibly turns pro. Keith Duggan

January 2021- Centering Team USA’s third line, Farinacci has an outstanding tournament at the 2021 World Junior Championship. Despite it being his first time at the tournament it did not faze Farinacci at all, with him showing confidence with the puck, beating defenders one-on-one or playing a dirty areas style and relying on his skill around the net to manufacture offense, get rebounds and pull the game towards the slot. He finished with five goals and seven points, helping USA earn a gold medal. His seven points tied for twelfth in tournament scoring, with his five goals tying at fourth. Farinacci was used to kill penalties and was excellent at faceoff’s. Instead of returning to Muskegon in the USHL to finish the campaign, Farinacci plans to join some of his Harvard teammates in Tampa Bay to train with Brett Strot, who has worked with USA Hockey. He plans to train off ice, on ice and scrimmage with his teammates to prepare for next fall, when he’ll return to Harvard. Farinacci has definitely raised his profile as a top prospect for the Coyotes. Keith Duggan

November 2020- As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the Ivy League decided to cancel their 2020-21 hockey season. Meaning Farinacci will not be playing for hockey for Harvard University this year. Instead of losing a year of development, he will play for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL this season and will be able to return to Harvard next campaign. So far Farinacci has been on fire with three goals and six points in four games, good for 10th in overall scoring in the USHL. He’s also expected to play for Team USA in the 2021 World Junior Tournament. Keith Duggan

March 2020- Farinacci has been named to the ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team after putting up 10 goals and 22 points in 31 games for Harvard University. In conference play, Farinacci was third among freshmen with 17 points in 22 games behind teammates Nick Abruzzese and Henry Thrun. It’s expected he’ll return to Harvard for 2020-21. Keith Duggan

January 2020- After playing at Shattuck-St. Mary’s for his sophomore year, Farinacci tried out for the USNTDP, where he unfortunately did not make the team. Instead of playing in the USHL, he headed to where his cousin and friend Ryan Donato played and took his talents to Dexter Academy. There he racked up some big point totals (86 points in 43 games) and saw himself drafted by the Coyotes in the third round, 76th overall of the 2019 draft. Scouts were all over the place on Farinacci’s final ranking for the draft as he played against lesser competition and missed a good chunk of last season with a knee injury. Most agreed though that he’s a gifted offensive player who always seems to create plays. One of his biggest assets is his shot, an NHL quality release. Showing that offense against stronger competition and his skating were the biggest knocks on Farinacci. Coming into 2019-20 he decided to  follow in Ryan’s footsteps again and play for uncle and former NHLer Ted Donato at Harvard University. So far he’s been very good in his freshman season, racking up four goals and 10 points in 12 games. Keith Duggan

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 2.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth February 14, 2001
Height 5‘11”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 3; Overall: 76

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Connecticut YankeesBrick Invitational6 4 48 0|        
 2012-2013 East Coast Selects O U12WSI U128 6 17 0|        
 2013-2014 New Jersey Devils QC Int PW5 4 26 2|        
 2014-2015 New Jersey Colonials 13U AAAAYHL 13U34 50 54104 58|        
  East Coast Selects O U14WSI U149 6 612 6|        
 2015-2016 Delbarton School USHS-Prep30 7 1118 -|        
  New Jersey Colonials 14U AAAAYHL 14U19 18 2947 26|Playoffs5 3 1114
  East Coast Selects O U15WSI U158 5 914