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Fantasy Summary

An effective and intelligent two-way defender who should see his stock rise when the WHL gets going. His patience and poise make him a very good prospect in the modern game.


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January 2022 – Iorio is having an improved season for the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL with 19 points in 27 games, improving his points per game to 0.70, up from his seasons of 0.55, 0.36, and his first season with 0.10. The puck skills are improving, his defense is getting better, and his transition game is solid as always. This will be his final year in the WHL so expect to see him in the AHL for a few seasons after this. Pat Quinn

 

December 2021 – Iorio was cut from Canada’s World Junior Championship squad which is surprising. Now him not making Team Canada on defense if not surprising as there are about 15 players who could make it, but he is the only right-handed shot on defense so the decision is sure an odd one. Pat Quinn

 

July 2021 – Iorio was selected in the second round, 55th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 2021 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

 

February 2021 – Iorio has yet to get the love he deserves but with the WHL seemingly starting to kick things into gear for this season, the Brandon Wheat Kings blueliner should be able to get his name back into the conversation when talking about the 2021 NHL Draft. Averaging almost 19 minutes a night last year in the WHL, Iorio began to establish himself as a two-way presence who can contribute a bit in all areas. He is a good skater who stays mobile and strong on his edges when playing defense. Rarely stopping his feet and becoming stagnant, Iorio does an excellent job of shadowing an attacker. He can stay in a puck carrier’s face at a level many defenders wish they could and his stick work is precise and controlled. There are times when he can be out-skilled by high-level players but he more than held his own as a 17-year-old defender in the Dub. He doesn’t always use his physicality but at 6’3 and almost 200lbs, he certainly can lay the body or lean on players when he needs to be.

Once recovering the puck, Iorio does an excellent job under pressure, staying patient with the puck and making intelligent plays all over the ice. He plays with a poise that isn’t generally seen in a young defender, especially in the WHL where the forecheckers are often a bit heavier on the puck and in the corners. He has the ability to read the play and use his mobility to draw opposing players in so that he can open up a teammate or a passing lane through the neutral zone. He is doesn’t necessarily manipulate players with his skill but his patience does it by proxy. He doesn’t need to out skill opponents with the puck on his stick and understands how to move it up ice efficiently. In the offensive zone, he reads plays well and jumps into the attack when the opportunity presents itself. He has a good shot that he likes to get off from the faceoff circles to give him a higher-percentage scoring chance. His passing and playmaking from the blueline may lack dynamism but he is rarely inefficient with the puck and doesn’t look to be the star, allowing his teammates to do what they do best. There are so many instances where the pass he makes may seem simple but if he doesn’t time it right or doesn’t stay patient, he doesn’t make the play. Efficient, intelligent, and under-the-radar, Vincent Iorio should make some team very happy on draft night. Tony Ferrari

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth November 14, 2002
Height 6‘2”
Weight 191 lbs
Drafted 2021 Round 2; Overall: 55

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 BC Junior CanucksBrick Invitational6 0 55 2|Playoffs2 0 00
 2013-2014 Burnaby Winter Club BruinsQC Int PW3 0 00 0|        
 2014-2015 Pro Hockey Selects U13WSI U136 1 23 0|        
  Burnaby Winter Club BruinsQC Int PW2 0 11 0|        
 2015-2016 Burnaby Winter Club U15 A1PCBHL- - -- -|        
 2016-2017 Shattuck St. Mary's 14U AAA14U AAA39 8 2432 46|        
  STX Selects U15WSI U157 3 36 18|        
 2017-2018 Shattuck St. Mary's 16U AAA16U AAA52 4 19