ST. JOHN’S, NL. — In this exclusive IceCaps Report series, we will feature 30 players which may call Mile One Centre home at some point this season leading up to puck drop in the fall. You will also be interested in our St. John’s IceCaps Projected Lineup for 2015-16.
In alphabetical order our first feature is Sven Andrighetto. The Zurich, Switzerland native is no stranger to offense. After playing competitively through the junior and pro ranks in his home country, Andrighetto moved over the North America for a chance at one day playing in the NHL. Signing with Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL.
Andrighetto had a breakout campaign in 2011-12 with 74 points (36G – 38A) in 62 games played. He followed that up with an even better sophomore year finishing sixth in scoring in the “Q” posting 98 points (31G-67A) in 53 games played. To put that in perspective his 1.85 pt/g clip was good for fourth in the league, a tick behind Jonathan Drouin (2.14), Nikita Kucherov (1.91) and a shade ahead of 2013-14 Calder Trophy winner Nathan MacKinnon (1.70).
Andrighetto knows how to light the lamp but how he projected into the pro ranks remained to be seen as at 5-foot-9 and 183 pounds, he’s not necessarily terrorizing opposing defensemen on the boards. In his rookie season with the Hamilton Bulldogs, Sven posted a respectable 17 goals and 27 assists in 64 games played.
Finally in 2014-15 Andrighetto found himself at the Bell Centre splitting the season between the Canadiens and the Bulldogs. On December 6th, 2014 in Dallas, Andrighetto managed to score on his first and only shot of the game, he would go on to add a goal and an assist in the next two games, however that would be all he would manage before being sent down to the Bulldogs nine games later. He finished the season with 14 goals and 29 assists in Hamilton.
Andrighetto doesn’t figure to be a shutdown guy, or a physical third liner. His potential with the Canadiens is strictly a top-6 role, and it is entirely up to him to determine how far he goes within the organization. At this point we have him slotted to play on the IceCaps top two lines filling the RW roles with rookie Nikita Scherbak. If he goes on to play the entire season in St. John’s fans can expect him to lead the way offensively. However if the Habs run into injury problems early-on, won’t be long before the brass give him another chance to shine in La Belle Province.