Daniel D’Amico – Windsor Spitfires – Player Profile

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 178 Pounds

Date of birth: January 25, 2001

Hometown: Caledon, Ontario

Position: Center/Left Wing

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 6, 109th overall, 2017 Priority Selection

NHL Central Scouting Rankings: Pre-season, November: Not ranked. Mid-term: 164th North America

One of my favorite things when it comes to National Hockey League Central Scouting’s lists is when a player doesn’t make either of the Players to Watch Lists and all of a sudden appears on the mid-term rankings, especially when it comes to diminutive players like Daniel D’Amico of the Windsor Spitfires.

It’s not as though D’Amico didn’t have a body of work to look at when looking at pre-season players to watch. And the fact that he was a sixth-round pick at the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection should not be taken into consideration.

D’Amico played his minor midget AAA hockey during the 2016-2017 season with the Toronto Marlboros. In 32 games he posted 18 goals and 15 assists and was one of the leaders on the squad. At the OHL Cup he added 2 goals and 3 assists in 5 games.

Daniel D'Amico of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Daniel D’Amico of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Last season, D’Amico made the Spitfires roster out of camp and would play in 59 games, scoring 12 goals and 7 assists. He would also play in 6 playoff games for the Spits scoring once and adding 3 helpers.

D’Amico would make big strides in this his draft season. He appeared in 67 of the 68 regular season games and notched 21 goals and assisting on 25 others. In the 4 games loss at the hands of the London Knights in the opening round of the playoffs, he would add 3 helpers.

Among draft eligible players, his 21 goals were 10th in the league. D’Amico also holds the second longest point streak among draft eligible players, producing 14 points in 20 consecutive games from December 31, 2018 to January 20, 2019.

There are still plenty of folks in the hockey world, and this could be said about NHL Central Scouting as well, that endear themselves to “bigger bodies”, and the fact that D’Amico stands just 5’9”, well, that’s going to cause him to fall into the later rounds of the 2019 Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia come June. I’m not even sure where I will slot D’Amico come June as I finish my rankings.

At that size, you would look to skating as one of the more important things D’Amico needs to have. He doesn’t possess elite speed; his first steps are not explosive and he doesn’t have a separation gear. That said, pure effort, extraordinary work ethic and excellent hockey IQ is what puts him in areas that makes him dangerous.

Once D’Amico gets into those areas, he releases his shot quickly and accurately, something I see as underrated in his game. Overall, he had a 14.9% shooting percentage. He shot 27.3% from the high-danger zone areas, 20% from mid-danger area and 9.4% from low-danger areas.

D’Amico also has good vision. Not only does he anticipate very well which allows him to get into areas for scoring chances, he sees the ice well that he can make a very good pass to set up teammates. On the powerplay, he is more of a shooter then a playmaker with the extra space, finding the open ice to get off his shot.

Defensively, D’Amico’s game is about where you would expect it to be at this level. He understands where to position himself, how to defend with his lack of size, and is pretty good at clearing his zone. He can kill penalties and has shown he can be an offensive threat down a man.

D’Amico can play both center and wing but faceoffs are going to need some work. As he moves forward in his career, I think his game is better suited for the wing, especially with his lack of size.

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OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Championship Final to feature Reps and Nats

OHL Cup

Monday’s Championship Final at Mattamy Athletic Centre
Broadcast LIVE on Sportsnet Ontario
Free access for Media and Fans 

Toronto, ON – The 2017 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League, is down to two teams as the GTHL’s Mississauga Reps and Toronto Nationals emerged victorious following this morning’s Quarter-Finals and this evening’s Semi-Final contests.

The minor midget Reps (5-0-1) advance to the OHL Cup Final for the first time in team history after upsetting the top ranked ALLIANCE champion London Jr. Knights (5-1-0) by a 3-1 score in Saturday night’s first Semi-Final.  The Wild Card entry strung together three wins and a tie to lead the Shanahan Division through round-robin play before opening the playoff round with a 5-1 Quarter-Final win over the Toronto Jr. Canadiens (2-2-1).

The Toronto Nationals (5-1-0) played two one-goal games on Saturday including a 2-1 victory over the OMHA champion Whitby Wildcats (2-1-2) in the morning Quarter-Final, then hung on in another 2-1 thriller to beat the Vaughan Kings (3-1-2) in Saturday night’s second Semi-Final.  The Nats also qualified for round-robin play by winning a Wild Card Play-In game before finishing second in the Nash Division.

Monday’s Championship Final marks the first time in OHL Cup history where two Wild Card entries will compete for the title.  The 2010 Mississauga Rebels are currently the only Wild Card team to ever capture an OHL Cup championship.

Here’s a quick look at Saturday’s Quarter-Final and Semi-Final action:

2017 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour Quarter-Final Results:

Saturday March 18, 2017:

Quarter-Final #1: London Jr. Knights 3 vs. Toronto Marlboros 1
Jr. Knights MVP: Owen Say (30 SV)
Marlboros MVP: Daniel D’Amico (1G)
Recap – Stats

Quarter-Final #2: Mississauga Reps 5 vs. Toronto Jr. Canadiens 1
Reps MVP: Zachery Wright
Jr. Canadiens MVP: Brodie McDougall (1A)
Recap – Stats

Quarter-Final #3: Vaughan Kings 2 vs. Mississauga Rebels 1

Kings MVP: Christian Sbaraglia (36 SV)
Rebels MVP: Michael Vukojevic
Recap – Stats

Quarter-Final #4: Toronto Nationals 2 vs. Whitby Wildcats 1
Nationals MVP: Brendan Bowie (1G, 1A)
Wildcats MVP: Blake Murray (1G)
Recap – Stats

2017 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour Semi-Final Results:

Semi-Final #1: Mississauga Reps 3 vs. London Jr. Knights 1
Reps MVP: Jamieson Rees (2G)
Jr. Knights MVP: Liam Van Loon (1G)
Recap – Stats

Semi-Final #2: Toronto Nationals 2 vs. Vaughan Kings 1
Nationals MVP: Bradley Somers (2G)
Kings MVP: Ty Gilberds
Recap – Stats

All tournament games feature live scoring complete with the OHL’s Game Centre module that includes individual shots on goal and face-off results.

The Reps’ Mike Petizian is now the tournament’s scoring leader with 11 points including four goals and seven assists in six games ahead of teammate Jamieson Rees who has five goals and four assists for nine points in six games.

2017 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Championship Final:

Monday March 20, 2017

Mattamy Athletic Centre

6:30 pm Championship Final – Toronto Nationals vs. Mississauga Reps

Monday’s Championship Final will be broadcast live on Sportsnet Ontario.

The showcase provides fans and scouts one last opportunity to see many of the top minor midget aged players from across Ontario and parts of the United States compete for the OHL Cup performing against the best competition prior to the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.

For more information, please visit ohlcup.ca.