Sven Andrighetto, Montreal Canadiens

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Sven Andrighetto is playing in his first full professional season with the Hamilton Bulldogs this season; the Zurich native is off to good start with the Montreal Canadiens farm team. The Canadiens took the Swiss forward with their 6th pick (86th overall) in this last June’s NHL Entry Draft.

Andrighetto was passed over in two NHL Drafts before being selected by the Canadiens last June in the 2013 NHL Draft. He played his last two seasons in the QMJHL with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies where was a big favorite of our Quebec based scouts.

A look back….

From our 2013 NHL Draft Black Book profile

Andrighetto, Sven – RW – Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) – 5’10 180

“After getting passed on during his first two years of eligibility for the NHL Draft, the Swiss forward has had a tremendous 2012-2013 season with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, totaling 98 points in 53 games. We feel that the third time’s going to be the charm for the highly skilled forward.

Andrighetto possesses elite offensive tools and is one of the most talented players in the QMJHL. His skating abilities are great, whether it’s his rarely-matched top speed, superb acceleration in two steps or his fantastic agility on skates, twisting and turning abruptly.

His puck-control is amazing as it seems like the puck is glued to his stick, especially when he gets to that top speed and cruises easily around players. He will get past defenders by using speed rather than trying to go through players with a fancy move. His hands are quick and fluid and with the agility he possesses, he’s able to create time and space in the offensive zone. He possesses a rocket of a shot, whether it’s the lethal release on the wrist shot that doesn’t give goalies a chance, or his powerful slapshot. Andrighetto really has all the tools to score goals in professional hockey.

Although he’s really quick, he loves to delay the play and shows poise with the puck, using his good passing skills to find teammates. He will rarely give the puck away under pressure, preferring to try something offensively, whether it’s a shot on goal, passing the puck in the slot or using his speed to get a lane to the net. He is a great powerplay player, firm at the blueline with Rouyn, he sees the play well and chooses the right options at the right times, showing good offensive hockey sense.

Andrighetto has improved his defensive game a lot in the past season. He’s showing more maturity at his position and in the way he will rarely cheat or slack off on a backcheck to take a chance offensively. He is willing to battle on the boards to retrieve the puck and is not afraid of getting hit, using a low center of gravity to his advantage. He’s not a big player and will need to bulk up to be effective in pro hockey, but he has proven that he can take physical abuse and keep the puck against bigger players on multiple occasions. We like the character he has, being able to produce and make big plays whether they are defensive or offensive in high pressure situations.” Rank: 83rd –  Selected 86th overall by the Montreal Canadiens