Weight: 171 Pounds
Date of birth: May 5, 1998, Windsor, Ontario
OHL Draft: Round 1, 17th overall, 2014 Priority Selection – Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds
In Minor Midget AAA, Salinitri played for and captained the Windsor Jr Spitfires during the 2013/14 season. In 32 games, he scored 23 goals and added 17 assists and followed that up with 2 goals and 3 assists in 9 playoff games. He won a bronze medal at the OHL Gold Cup and was named Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario Player of the Year.
He was drafted by the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds in the first round of the OHL Priority Selection. On a very deep Greyhounds roster, Salinitri played in 21 games scoring once and adding 6 assists. Loading up for a deep playoff run, the Greyhounds would send Salinitri to the Sarnia Sting as part of the Anthony DeAngelo trade.
Salinitri would close out the season with the Sting playing in 29 games. He contributed 7 goals and 5 assists and would add two more helpers in 5 playoff games.
Salinitri would also represent Canada White at the World Hockey Challenge Under-17 scoring a goal in 5 games.
Some trades by the Sting – also loading up for a playoff run – dropped Salinitri down the depth chart. To date, he has 9 goals and 8 assists in 50 games.
Salinitri has good speed which is also apparent with the puck on his stick. He can be creative with the puck and can make plays. He gains zone entry with his speed and possession. He can get in on the forecheck but needs to add strength to be more effective. He will not shy away from the physical game. He’s good defensively and won’t get caught cheating. He’s also a good penalty killer. Besides adding strength, his biggest need is to find more consistency in his game.
Salinitri was ranked 126th on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January.