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Justin Addamo On NHL Central Scouting 2017 Prospects to Watch List

Photo Courtesy of Lone Star Brahmas

 

National Hockey League’s (NHL) Central Scouting has released their Prospects to Watch list for 2017 draft-eligible players. There are 10 current NAHL players on the list including Lone Star Brahmas forward Justin Addamo.  If Addamo were to be drafted following the season it would be the third year in a row that the Brahmas would see one of their players drafted by the NHL. Goalie Jake Kupsky was the 193rd overall pick by the San Jose Sharks in the 2015 NHL Draft. Defenseman Cam Clarke was taken in the 2016 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins with the 136th overall selection.

Addamo, a native of Clermont-Ferrand, France, has a dominating physical presence on the ice standing 6’ 6” and weighing in at 225 pounds making him the second largest player on the list. Despite his stature Addamo has good hands and can handle the puck in open ice as evidenced by two highlight reel goals scored at the NAHL Showcase Tournament.

In the third period of game one of the showcase against Bismarck, Addamo made the offensive play of the game on a gallop down the right wing. Once in the zone he toe dragged around the defenseman then when the goalie dropped to cut off the bottom of the net Addamo lifted a backhander just under the bar. The goal was the game winner and also earned the top spot in the NAHL Top 10 Plays of the Week.

Two nights later he struck again early in the second against Coulee Region. Addamo was trailing the play into the offensive zone and gathered in a drop pass. He then went around one defenseman cutting to the middle where he was taken off his skates by another defender. Somehow Addamo maintained control of the puck and as he slid across the ice on his stomach he put a backhander on net and behind Chill netminder.

In addition to his exploits early in the NAHL season, the big Frenchman has several games of international experience under his belt bringing home a Bronze Medal in the 2014/15 U18 WJC (D1A) and a Gold Medal in the 2015/16 U20 WJC (D1B). In 14 games played in World Juniors competition he has nine points on 7G – 2A and 33 PIMs.

Career Statistics

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
2013/14 Rouen U18 France U18 20 10 16 26 24
2014/15 Rouen U18 “A” France U18 18 25 24 49 57
Rouen U22 France u22 16 7 9 16 22
France U18 WJC-18 D1A 5 3 0 3 2
2015/16 Rouen U18 France U18 11 10 12 22 20
Rouen U22 France U22 18 8 18 26 20
Rouen II France3 5 5 1 7 24
France U18 “C” WJC-18 D1A 5 3 2 5 27
France U20 WJC-20 D1B 4 1 0 1 4
2016/17 Lone Star Brahmas NAHL 6 2 2 4 4

 

The NAHL South Division, long considered the toughest overall division in the league, has three players on the ‘Prospects to Watch’ list. Other NAHL players included are listed below.

Joseph Campolieto, D, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Filip Dusek, D, Aberdeen Wings

Benton Maass, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Dylan Mills, F, Minnesota Wilderness

Jacob Novak, F, Janesville Jets

Derek Schaedig, G, Janesville Jets

Ryan Snowden, G, Topeka RoadRunners

Gabe Vinal, G, Northeast Generals

Tomas Vomacka, G, Corpus Christi IceRays

 

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