Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Route 67: The Hard Hitting Highway
Team: Ottawa 67's
Scouting Report: The 67’s physical right wing has had some knee problems in the past and has missed a decent amount of time during his three years in the OHL .. is one of the 67’s top forwards after McGinn and Couture .. most impressive asset is his surprising hitting ability .. generates great power from his legs and is able to send guys flying .. braces himself well when meeting up with opponents .. has average skating ability and is not the prettiest skater out there .. crashes the net hard .. needs to improve top speed and agility .. oustanding puck pursuit makes up for underwhelming skating ability as he causes impressive turnovers .. clogs up passing lanes and makes defenders cough up the puck often with a quick stick and exceptional determination .. shields the puck well with his body and is good in his own zone as a result .. good at dumping and chasing .. although he has a hard shot, he telegraphs it much too often and just throws it at the goalies chest .. not creative and is not expected to lead the play offensively .. This checking forward is a powerful hitter and should pick up some more offensive confidence and skills next year.
2006-2007 Regular Season Stats
54 games 17 goals 23 assists 40 points +11 55 PIM
2007 Playoff Stats
5 games 2 goals 2 assist 4 points -2 10 PIM
Draft Day Status/Projection: Alphonso showed us great checking skills this year with hitting, forechecking, and being very involved in the play. If he steps up his offensive contributions a level next year, we can see him becoming an effective 3rd/4th line grinding winger. DraftBuzz believes he will come around offensively in his post-draft year, and as a result rank him in the 55-70 range. We can see him getting selected anywhere from late second round to late third round.
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