OHL Prospect Profile: Brenden Sirizzotti

– Brenden Sirizzotti –

Whitby Wildcats (ETA) | Right Wing | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

5-foot-11, 170-pounds | April 14th, 2003

Brenden Sirizzotti is one of, if not, the most dynamic prospect in the ETA this year. With the drive and determination to take ahold of a game, he is constantly hounding the puck and making those around him better with an excellent all-around offensive game.

Related: Check out Prospect Pipeline’s 2019 OHL Draft Rankings.

Displaying tremendous instincts, Sirizzotti is the offensive catalyst for the ETA-best Whitby Wildcats. Leading the league in both goals and points, he can capitalize on miraculous end-to-end rushes, slipping the puck past defenders and hanging goalies out to dry. With his play proving to be consistent, Sirizzotti is making himself a true option in the first round of the 2019 OHL Draft.

Strengths:

  • Agility & Shiftiness
  • Puck Skills
  • Vision & Sense

A highly-skilled winger, Sirizzotti plays a high tempo game backed by a desire for puck possession. He is willing to battle hard along the wall to force turnovers and transition the play up ice. With that said, Sirizzotti is undoubtedly at his best when he’s on the attack. A shifty skater, he has good foot speed and can cut inside or outside with authority. A natural goal-scorer, he showcases an above-average shot with great accuracy.

Related: Take a look at the Top 20 Performers from the 2018 Silver Stick Tournament.

Sirizzotti displays multiple gears of speed, which he combines with his agility to catch defenders flat-footed. With the puck on his stick, Sirizzotti is very tough to defend. Along with his ability to change speeds, he is an extremely creative puck-handler on the rush, as well as a gifted playmaker. He sees the ice and processes the play at an instantaneous rate, allowing him to consistently make productive decisions with the puck.

Area of Improvement:

  • Shot Strength

While Sirizzotti has certainly proven to be a very dangerous shooter, shown by his eight goals in six games at the Silver Stick Tournament, he could cement his status as an elite sniper by adding some extra power to his snap shot. Showing excellent accuracy and a quick release under pressure, Sirizzotti would be strongly considered amongst the top-tier of scorers if his shot were slightly heavier.

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Often scoring off of eye-popping dangles or shots from off of the half wall, Sirizzotti would also become more of a threat on the powerplay with a booming shot. Certainly, as he continues to grow and mature, the shot strength will come with it, making this area of improvement more of a nod to his future potential within the next year or two.

Future Potential:

Brenden Sirizzotti has effectively improved his draft stock as a result of his consistently dominant game. Getting off to a hot start right off the bat at the Titans Early Bird Tournament, Sirizzotti has yet to slow up, and has proven to be a potentially dynamic offensive force at the OHL level. With point totals that rival the likes of Quinton Byfield from his time with the York-Simcoe Express, it’s time to take notice of Sirizzotti’s excellence.

As the offensive catalyst for one of Ontario’s top Minor Midget teams, Sirizzotti is putting OHL scouts on notice, and currently projects as a fringe first round pick for the 2019 OHL Draft, which could fluctuate greatly with the number of NCAA committed prospects this year.

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