Nicholas Abruzzese

Toronto Maple Leafs
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Fantasy Summary

High-IQ centerman with 2nd-line upside


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 4, 1999
Height 5‘9”
Weight 161 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 4; Overall: 124

Observations

January 2020 – Abruzzese’s rookie college campaign has been outstanding. He sits top-15 in the league and first among all NCAA freshman with a 1.21 points-per-game rate, out-pacing high-profile names such as Cole Caulfield. At 20 years of age he is an older freshman than his competition, but his transition has been smooth enough to consider him a player with a realistic future in the Leafs’ system. Drafted as a centerman, has spent more time than usual as a winger so his positional status long-term is still TBD. His stock is rising, but patience is key – despite his point production here he isn’t someone the organizion has any need to rush into a crowded Marlies dressing room. Expect a few more years of Harvard education. Hayden Soboleski

 

June 2019 – The Maple Leafs have selected Abruzzese with their 4th-round pick of the 2019 Entry Draft.

 

Abruzzese was the top scorer in the USHL in 2018-19, putting up 80 points in 62 games as the Alternate Captain of the Steel. His 14 points (including team-leading 7 goals) in 11 playoff matches was a nice end to his career in the league, as he has committed to Harvard University for 2019-20. Having just turned 20, its unlikely that he grows much taller than his current 5’9″ listing, but he could still add to his 161 lb figure. He’s a long way off from showing up on fantasy radars, but his playmaking upside is apparent. He will see far fewer minutes in college than he did this season, so his ability to transition to a tougher league, and produce with fewer opportunities, will show us if he has what it takes. Hayden Soboleski


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Connecticut Yankees Brick Invitational 5 2 1 3 0 |          
 2011-2012 New York Jr. Rangers QC Int PW 4 1 0 1 2 |          
 2012-2013 New Jersey Colonials Bantam Min AYMBHL 31 17 29 46 12 |          
 2014-2015 North Jersey Avalanche 16U AYHL 16U 22 8 6 14 8 |          
  Westchester Express 16U EJEPL 16U 15 5 5 10 0 |          
 2015-2016 North Jersey Avalanche 16U AYHL 16U 24 22 13 35 16 | Playoffs 5 2 6 8
  North Jersey Avalanche U16 T1EHL U16 32 17 13 30 6 | Playoffs 5 2 0 2
 2016-2017 Team Orange USA-S17 5 0 1 1 - |          
  North Jersey Avalanche 18U AYHL 18U 17 11 18 29 6 | Playoffs 1 0 1 1
  North Jersey Avalanche U18 T1EHL U18 32 18 25 43 10 | Playoffs 5 0 3 3
  New Jersey Junior Titans NAHL 4 1 0 1 0 |          
 2017-2018 Chicago Steel USHL 56 13 23 36 12 | Playoffs 7 1 3 4
 2018-2019 Chicago Steel USHL 62 29 51 80 20 | Playoffs 11 7 7 14
 2019-2020 Harvard Univ. NCAA 31 14 30 44 4 |          

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