On the eve of the NHL’s annual NHL Entry Draft, which will be held Friday night at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, I want to talk about something that is very close to my heart: Sven Andrighetto’s ranking through the NHL Entry Center.
The little prince Swiss seat on the 196 th rank of this famous repertoire. You read … 196 th rank! I’ve been ruminating for a few weeks now. Allow me to quote that I have to lay it out quickly in order to state my position to that effect, before this event begins.
The attacking explosive, number 25, of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies suffered a serious injustice by being positioned too late.
From Switzerland to Rouyn-Noranda …
In 2010, Andrighetto’s agent at that time, Christian Wohlwend, contacted all CEOs as well as some of the CHL’s chief recruiters to alert him that his foal wanted to join the ranks of their circuit. After this transmission, Wohlwend received no serious reply. Surely due to the frail stature of Switzerland (5 feet 7 inches, 160 pounds). The result: one more season in Switzerland.
The following year, at the World Under-17 Championship in Germany, presented in April, André Tourigny had the privilege of dissecting the skills of young Andrighetto. Dazzled by his talent, Tourigny probed a number of players to present his analysis. The report was unanimous: Andrighetto has the odds.
The organization of the Huskies was not slow in communicating hastily with its agent, in order to consolidate the desire of Sven Andrighetto. The reply was equally premature: he always aspires to join the ranks of the CHL.
The Huskies pick it up
Notwithstanding the interest directed towards Sven Andrighetto, the player coveted by the Huskies, at this euro auction was Dominik Volek. Volek was drafted by the Pats de Régina to the 9th rank of this cuvée.
Following this selection, the entourage of the Huskies had only one name in mind: Sven Andrighetto. Finally, the pack had a happy hand in selecting Switzerland to the detriment of Volek.
Sven hosted the show at the Iamgold Arena
The town of Rouyn-Noranda vibrates to the rhythm of Sven Andrighetto. His sense of the show, his lively hands, his smooth skate, his speed, his precise pro-level throw, his involvement along the ramp, his physical strength, his vision of play, his passion, make him an exceptional player to whom proponents identify.
It ignited the recently modernized amphitheater throughout the 2011-2012 campaign. Its impact within the Huskies remains unequivocal. Andrighetto deserves ample status as a super star through the QMJHL.
His first season in a few lines
Andrighetto closed the campaign with a phenomenal crop of 36 goals, added 38 assists, for 74 points in 62 games. Without forgetting that he has evolved, more often than not, in the company of young Cubs in full swing – and not players established within the circuit Courteau. The second striker (Huskies) appearing in his rear-view mirror at points is Denis Kamaev (55 points).
Add to this that he crowned his first campaign in the history of the QMJHL at 3 th in scoring among rookies. Only Mikhail Grigorenko of the Remparts (59 games, 40 goals, 45 assists, 85 points) and Nathan MacKinnon of the Mooseheads (58 games, 31 goals, 47 assists, 78 points) outstripped him in this category.
In addition to his first dream season, Andrighetto was named to the rookie star team … That forgives his absence in the gold medal winners’ repertoire at the annual QMJHL Gala.
I remain convinced that the training he will demand, however far it may be, will hit a home run. Since for me, Sven Andrighetto is a 3 rd round pick, MAXIMUM.
I finish this paper with a statement by André Tourigny via the weekly La Frontière and a video of our prodigy made by HockeyProspect.com
“I’m really disappointed for Sven,” said André Tourigny. He was an impact player and he carried our team. Personally, I do not see the difference between Sven and Tomas Hyka from Gatineau who is 45th.