NHL draft profile: Rocco Grimaldi
Background on 2011 draft prospect Rocco Grimaldi. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: February 8, 1993/Anaheim, California
Height/Weight: 5-6/163 pounds
2010-11 Team: USA Under-18
|NHL Central Scouting||32nd (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||10th overall|
|International Scouting Services||15th overall|
|The Hockey News||32nd overall|
|Played for USA Under-18 team, leading the team with 34 goals and 62 points in 50 games. Tied for third on the team with 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists) in 6 games as Team USA won gold at 2011 Under-18 World Championship in Germany. Slated to play for North Dakota in 2011-12.|
|Played for both the USA Under-17 and Under-18 teams in 2009-10. Tied for team lead with 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) in 7 games as USA won gold at 2010 Under-18 World Championship in Belarus. Led all scorers at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, registering 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 6 games as USA won the tournament.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Explosive skating. High end puck skills and shot. Hockey sense. Character.
Negatives: Size. Plays tough against teenagers but will have to pick spots in the pros.
Link: ESPN.com Rocco Grimaldi Profile
|"If not for his diminutive stature we would likely be talking about Grimaldi as a potential 1st overall pick. He is dynamic and electrifying and is the kind of player who sells tickets and jerseys. He is unbelievably quick and has a seemingly endless bag of tricks with the puck. Although a smaller player, Grimaldi plays with passion and isn’t afraid to play tough when called for." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"Grimaldi gets no respect at all and is often completely overlooked simply because his stature at a minuscule 5-6, 161 pounds. But he is the most explosive offensive force in the draft with dynamic speed and the best one-timer in this year's class. Despite his lack of size, he's aggressive, not afraid of traffic and is difficult to get a clean hit on because of his east-west agility." - Red Line Report's Kyle Woodlief, writing for USA Today
"There is undersized and then there is Rocco Grimaldi size. At just 5-foot-6, he would be one of the smallest players in the NHL, but talent evaluators just can't shake the face the kid produces at an excellent clip, no matter what the venue." - The Hockey News Draft Preview 2011
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