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2017 NHL Draft First Rounders: Gabriel Vilardi

By Marshall Mackinder on June 23, 2017

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2015 HockeyNow Player of the Year Gabe Vilardi has a big bodied net presence and his style of play should make him a natural fit in LA, who scored big when they picked him up 11th at the draft.

Gabriel Vilardi – Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Position: 
C
Born: August 16, 1999 in Kingston, Ontario
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 201 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2015 OHL Draft, 2nd overall by the Windsor Spitfires

Gabriel Vilardi has established himself as a workhorse who is ultra-competitive in the offensive zone. He has deceptive speed and an easy long stride to stay ahead of the defenceman. His strong lower body helps him down low and keeps the momentum in his favour when he transitions from offence to defence. Vilardi protects the puck extremely well using his long reach and does a good job of opening up space on the ice by drawing attention to himself. He is an above average stick handler who can knock a puck down from mid-air and keep skating at the same time without missing a stride. Vilardi will see action in all situations this season and will be one of the elite power forwards in the OHL.  

DID YOU KNOW? Gabriel Vilardi was named HockeyNow’s 2015 Ontario Minor Hockey Player of the Year after scoring 18 goals and adding 21 helpers in 21 games for CIH Academy’s minor midget squad, eventually going on to win the OEMHL AAA Player of the Year award.

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By Marshall Mackinder| June 23, 2017
Categories:  Major Junior|Events

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