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Fantasy Summary

Exceptional rush offense creator with a solid base of pro-ready tools. Defensively sound, creative and agile, with a knack for winning board battles. Projects as a top-line, do-it-all center at the NHL level.


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November 2023: The list of NCAA draft-eligibles who, since the 1990s, have exceeded Celebrini’s two-points-a-game pace so far for BU (18 in nine games played) has one name on it: Paul Kariya. And that was more than 30 years ago.

If you look at some of the names right below Celebrini’s, you’ll find Adam Fantilli and Jack Eichel, both of whom put up in the neighborhood of 1.80 points per game in their respective draft years. Both of them were late October birthdays. Celebrini, meanwhile, was born in June. He is almost eight months younger, and is still outscoring the two former top-three picks.

Celebrini is a supreme rush chance creator. He jumpstarts offensive transitions with solid defensive positioning, great intensity, and refined technique in board battles. Once the puck is secured, he has the technical abilities to either skate it out himself while evading pressure with his crossovers, or to find an outlet and outrace back-checkers to open ice in order to make himself a shooting threat. His ability to move pucks from the boards to the middle of the ice in offensive zone cycles has also grown massively since his Draft -1 season with the Chicago Steel, aided by the muscle he added in the off-season. The tools and the toolkit make Celebrini the runaway first-overall pick at this point in the season, and he has all the makings of a top-line, do-it-all center at the NHL level. Hadi Kalakeche

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.5
NHL Certainty 10.0
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 13, 2006
Height 6‘0”
Weight 190 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 BC Junior CanucksBrick Invitational6 2 24 2|Playoffs2 1 01
 2017-2018 Western Canada Selects U12WSI U129 5 914 -|        
  North Shore Winter Club QC Int PW2 0 00 2|        
 2018-2019 Western Canada Selects U13WSI U139 13 922 -|        
 2019-2020 San Jose Jr. Sharks 14U AAAT1EHL 14U7 5 27 6|        
  San Jose Jr. Sharks 14U AAA14U AAA54 49 4594 50|        
 2020-2021 Shattuck St. Mary's 14U AAA14U AAA50 51 90141 58|        
 2021-2022 Shattuck St. Mary's 18U PrepUSHS-Prep52 50 67117 44|        
  Shattuck St. Mary's 18U PrepPHC11 8 1220 12|Playoffs2 1 23
 2022-2023 Chicago SteelUSHL50 46 4086 62|Playoffs2 0 00
  Canada Black U17WHC-174 1 12 0|        
  Canada U18WJC-187 6 915 6|        
 2023-2024 Boston Univ.NCAA38 32 3264 18|        
  Canada U20WJC-205 4 48 0|        
  Team CanadaInternational1 0 11 0|        

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