2018 TLN Prospect Ranking: N/A
Draft Information: 4th round, 124th overall in 2019
In our next edition of Long Shots, TLN features Nick Abruzzese.
Drafted 124th overall, in the 4th round of the 2019 NHL Draft by the Leafs, Abruzzese was in his third year of draft eligibility. The 20-year-old is off to Harvard University this fall, where he is likely to spend the next few years continuing to develop.
An interesting point when it comes to Abruzzese is the small degree of separation between him and the Leafs. Abruzzese played the last two seasons for the Chicago Steel of the USHL, who have a very public skills partnership with Leafs Skills Consultant Darryl Belfry and Stride Envy Hockey’s Adam Nicholas.
More on that in a bit, though, when we discuss his development.
Why He’s in this Tier
Abruzzese is a newcomer, so putting him in long shots is not a slight on him. The reality is he’s a 20-year-old, in his third year of eligibility, with just one impressive USHL season. While there is upside, and he’ll continue to develop at Harvard, it will be a couple of years before Abruzzese gets …
Author: Rachel Doerrie / The Leafs Nation