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Road to the NHL Draft: Michael Dal Colle

By John Vogl

Michael Dal Colle

Position: Left wing

Junior team: Oshawa (OHL)

Born: Richmond Hill, Ont.

Measurables: 6-foot-2, 182 pounds

2013-14 stats: 67 games, 39 goals, 56 assists, 95 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 5 (North America)

Lowdown: Consistency is one of the hardest things for young players to achieve. Two good games will often be followed by a subpar outing, simply because prospects start to feel their talent alone will carry them. Dal Colle, however, is consistent as they come. His effort and results rarely waver.

Part of it is because Dal Colle has learned to never take things for granted. His older brother, Jonluca, is autistic, while their mother, Wendy, overcame breast cancer. The player couldn’t possibly sit back after seeing his family fight so hard. His sister, Daniela, played three seasons at Niagara University.

Dal Colle has the makings of a complete power forward. His scoring touch and passing are impressive. He knows how to protect the puck. He can perform when it matters, evidenced by his eight goals and 20 points in 12 playoff games. He still has to add weight to his frame.

He said it: "My first year in Oshawa, I played with a lot of good players, good leaders. I think as a 16-year-old I learned a lot from them and carried it on to this year. I know my defensive side of the game on the ice has to get better if I want to play in the NHL and have a long career, which I want to do. I’ve got to get physically stronger." – Dal Colle.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft, which begins June 27.


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