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Fantasy Summary

Dual-threat winger with good skating ability. Improved pace and decision making could help him grow into a middle-six NHL forward.


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June 2022 – La Starza put up respectable numbers in the USHL for a player in his first year of draft eligibility. He tallied eight goals and 14 assists in 25 games with Waterloo before being traded to Sioux Falls where he added another eight goals and 14 assists in 32 contests.

La Starza is a smooth-skating, dual-threat offensive player with good vision and puck handling skills. He has great top speed and four-way mobility, allowing him to weave between checks and create chances off the rush. He also does a good job along the wall where he is able to protect the puck before taking it off the boards to make a short-area pass to sustain possession for his team. La Starza is more of a passer but he has a deceptive release that comes off of his blade quickly and he can beat goaltenders cleanly when presented with a good look. In tight, he has the hands and quick shift ability to make skilled moves around defenders and netminders alike. Where La Starza can get into trouble is when he tries to do too much or is a little too patient with the puck on his stick, resulting in turnovers or broken-up chances. Away from the puck, he is diligent and uses his speed to get into lanes or pressure opposing defenders on the breakout which adds a bit of versatility to his game. There is work to do in order to refine his game but the skating ability and offensive tools should make him a candidate to be chosen in the middle rounds of the 2022 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 14, 2004
Height 5‘11”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Montréal Ice StormBrick Invitational6 2 13 2|        
 2013-2014 Toronto BulldogsBrick Invitational6 3 47 0|Playoffs2 1 12
 2015-2016 Montréal Jr. CanadiensQC Int PW1 1 23 2|        
 2016-2017 Montréal Jr. CanadiensQC Int PW2 1 23 0|        
 2017-2018 Lac St-Louis Lions Sud U15 AAAQM15AAA30 27 2047 30|        
 2018-2019 Shattuck St. Mary's 14U AAA14U AAA52 31 3869 20|        
  All American Prospects U15WSI U155 7 29 4|        
 2019-2020 Shattuck St. Mary's 16U AAA16U AAA45 24 4266 28|        
 2020-2021 Waterloo Black HawksUSHL50 11 1324 18|