TLN Top Twenty Leafs Prospects: #14 Tony Cameranesi

Justin Fisher
August 31 2014 09:38AM

Tony Cameranesi made one of the largest jumps up the table, moving up five spots from 19th in our midterm rankings. Unfortunately, it’s not a matter of a breakout sophomore campaign with the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. Cameranesi’s rise has more to do with Morgan Rielly’s and Peter Holland’s graduation from prospect status, Jerry D’Amigo’s trade to Columbus, and Tyler Biggs' dramatic slide. 

After an impressive freshman campaign in which Cameranesi scored 14 goals and 34 points in 38 games, the former fifth round pick (2011) took a significant step back in 2013-14. Sharing ice time with veteran Caleb Herbert and newcomer (and fellow Leafs prospect) Dominic Toninato down the middle, Cameranesi’s goal scoring was cut in half, and his production dropped to only 21 points in 36 games.

Is there any indication that this is a matter of luck? Maybe. Last season, Cameranesi lead his the Bulldogs in shots with 117, and only converted on 6% of them. As I mentioned in the midterm rankings, “hopefully with a little more puck luck, Cameranesi can once again find his scoring touch."  

Cameranesi is a gifted, speedy skater, and has shown he has enough skill to be an team leader in the NCAA. With top scorer Herbert making the jump to professional hockey, Cameranesi will be in prime position to bounce back in his junior season and lock down the number one centre position. His biggest competition will be Toninato, who didn’t produce as much as Cameranesi but took 90 more faceoffs. For Leafs fans, I suppose this is a good problem to have.

Cameranesi moves up in our ranking mostly due to a number of outgoing or under-performing guys in front of him. He remains in our Top Twenty largely due to his fantastic freshman numbers, but Cameranesi will need to bounce back in 2014-15 or he could wind up on the outside looking in. 

PREVIOUS PROFILES

#15 Andrew MacWilliam

#16 Dominic Toninato

#17 David Broll

#18 Garret Sparks

#19 Viktor Loov

#20 Rinat Valiev

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#1 David Neepin
August 31 2014, 11:27AM
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The leafs should not have offerd those big contracts to Phaneuf , Clarkson . I watched a few leaf games and I know they are over paid. Trading them would be difficult because of their contracts. They also have a couple of players that should not be on the team roster.I have always been a leaf fan and their weakness is not drafting enough players. They trade draft picks away , when they should be stock piling those picks. So leaf fans lets hope things turn around for the better in the upcoming season and make the play offs.

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