Cirelli, Anthony

Stephens, Cirelli Get First Taste of Pro Hockey with Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

There were two new faces on the ice for Syracuse Crunch practice Tuesday.

Mitchell Stephens and Anthony Cirelli, two Tampa Bay Lightning picks from the 2015 draft, took the ice for the first time in Syracuse after signing amateur tryouts with the Crunch this week. The split practice involved lots of shooting and possession drills for the two centers, who stuck together throughout most of the workouts.

Although Stephens and Cirelli will likely return to their respective junior teams next season, the Lightning organization wanted both players to get a sample of the game at the pro level.

“They’re two smart hockey players,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said. “They both have another year of junior left, but we wanted to get them in here and give them a taste of pro hockey. We’ll see -- I’m not sure -- whether they’ll play or not. We’ll see what happens over the course of the next five games.”

Anthony Cirelli

Basics

Type: 
Prospect
Position: 
Center
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.00
Weight: 
165
Born: 
07/15/1997
Age: 
20
Hometown: 
Woodbridge, ONT
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 3 (#72) of the 2015 NHL Draft
Last Team: 
Tampa Bay (NHL)
Projects As: 
Energy third liner with high character intangibles

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2015
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
3
Pick No.: 
72
Draft Team: 
Oshawa (OHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
05/19/2016
Contract Type: 
Entry-level
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$717 500
Contract Start Year: 
2017
Contract End Year: 
2020
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$575 000
Salary: 
$650 000
Salary: 
$650 000

Bio

Awards: 

2014-15

  • Memorial Cup Champion
  • OHL Champion

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

"Was stuck as 3rd line centre behind two junior superstars so he never saw any PP icetime or quality offensive zone starts. But he was really impressive in a support role, and looks like he has the skill to put up a lot more points next year." -RLR

"Tenacious player with an honest work ethic. He is a decent skater who is always moving his feet and has a wide based stride, but lacks the strength in his stride at this point. He has good offensive skills and is able to play with skilled players. Shows a strong commitment to the back check and the defensive side of the game". -ISS

Strengths: 

High character late bloomer came out of nowhere to win a spot on Oshawa's roster. Filled a third line role this season and showed himself to be very proficient defensively. Relentless in all three zones, including on the forecheck, and thinks the game well positionally.

Weaknesses: 

Speed is considered average by some. There is some question about how skilled he truly is, as he didn't get to show much in the role he played in Oshawa. Needs to bulk up more to play the pro game.

Projection: 

Energy third liner with high character intangibles

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Mississauga Reps Min Midget AAAGTMMHL33 9 716 6|        
 2013-2014 Mississauga Reps Midget AAAGTHL31 10 1828 6|        
  Mississauga ChargersOJHL1 0 00 0|Playoffs1 0 00
 2014-2015 Oshawa GeneralsOHL68 13 2336 22|Playoffs21 2 810
  Oshawa GeneralsM-Cup4 2 13 0|        
 2015-2016 Oshawa GeneralsOHL62 21 3859 27|Playoffs5 2 35
  Syracuse CrunchAHL3 0 00 0|        
 2016-2017 Oshawa GeneralsOHL26 13 2134 8|        
  Erie OttersOHL25 12 1830 4|Playoffs22 15 1631
  Erie OttersM-Cup5 1 78 0|        
  Syracuse CrunchAHL0 0 00 0|Playoffs6 0 00
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 1 01 0|        
  Canada U20WJC-207 3 47 2|        
 2017-2018 Tampa Bay LightningNHL18 5 611 6|Playoffs4 0 00
  Syracuse CrunchAHL51 14 2337 14|        

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