2020 OHL Draft Top Prospect: Adam Fantilli
Although he is one of the GTHL’s youngest players, Adam Fantilli is quickly becoming one of its most dynamic prospects.
Born in December of 2004, it is mind-boggling to comprehend that Fantilli is already competing against players nearly two years older than himself. Skating for the Toronto Red Wings at the Minor Midget level, Fantilli has quickly become one of his team’s most electrifying players — dazzling his opponents with speed and creativity each and every time he takes to the ice.
Skating alongside top 2019 OHL Priority Selection prospect Francesco Pinelli, Fantilli has rarely looked out of place. Sure, he may not be strong as his opponents, however, Fantilli’s ability to process the game and operate within it has placed him into a class of his own ahead of the 2020 OHL Priority Selection.
Developing an Offensive Dynamo
Unless Shane Wright of the Don Mills Flyers fails to obtain exceptional status from Hockey Canada ahead of the 2019 OHL Priority selection, expect Fantilli to be one of the first — if not the first — name called when the 2020 OHL Priority Selection takes place.
As mentioned earlier, Fantilli is an explosive and purposeful skater — in fact, it is Fantilli’s skating which has come to define his game. Capable of meandering through opposing defences with relative ease, Fantilli relies on his superb edge-work and ample agility to give him an offensive edge. With separation speed and seemingly endless energy, Fantilli’s feet drive all components of his game.
What’s more is that in addition to his excellent footwork, Fantilli is an exceptional player-maker. As a forward who sees the ice well, Fantilli can move the puck to his teammates with confidence and regularly devises complex scoring opportunities. And, while Fantilli can drive the puck to the net himself, he stands as a much more versatile threat when he utilizes his teammates to his advantage.
One aspect of Fantilli’s game which will need to improve in the coming years, however, is the youngster’s shot. Although he boasts a booming shot and an overwhelming slapper, Fantilli would do well to fine-tune his accuracy, as his intimidating shot can miss the net more often than it should. Yet, criticizing Fantilli’s shot is simply nitpicking, as the youngster’s overall game is virtually second-to-none given his age.
The Years Ahead
While Fantilli is eligible for the 2020 OHL Priority Selection, there are no guarantees that he will take his talents to the OHL-level.
In the past, Fantilli has indicated his desire to play in the NCAA, and it goes without saying that there is surely substantial interest in his services south of the border. Although an NCAA commitment from Fantilli will likely not come until the 2019-20 season, he could select a destination much earlier given his proven potential as an elite prospect.
Regardless of where he plays in the future, the fact remains that Fantilli is an elite young talent worth keeping an eye on.