Before the 2013-2014 hockey season began, Anthony Petrella did not find himself on the radar of very many NHL scouts. Just nineteen games into the Shattuck-St. Mary’s season however, Petrella’s name likely perks more than a few ears in the scouting community.
Born and raised in the Rochester suburb of Hilton, NY, Petrella is a forward currently leading national powerhouse Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep in scoring with 14 goals. His 9 assists also bring his season point total to 23, good for a share of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s scoring lead along with Junior forward Ryan Norman.
According to NHL Central Scouting and their preliminary rankings released earlier this month, only Alexander Falconer and Chase Phelps of Shattuck-St. Mary’s rate as players to watch for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Falconer and Phelps, like Petrella, are seniors playing their last high school hockey season in Fairbault, Minnesota yet it is Anthony Petrella who’s name keeps showing up on the score sheet night after night. If he continues to play the way he has started his season, it won’t be long until Petrella’s name starts showing up on NHL draft boards.
Western New York hockey fans are in luck this season as another nationally recognized Prep Program, The Nichols School of Buffalo, will play host to Petrella and his Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep Sabres at Dann Memorial Arena February 21 & 22 in a game sure to draw more than a few scouts from junior hockey, college hockey and possibly professional hockey.
Pre-season ranking and analysis of Anthony Petrella:
Weight: 175 lbs
Current Team: Shattuck – St Mary’s Prep Sabres
Previous Team: Belle Tire U18 (2011-2012)
NHL Draft Status:
- Eligible 2014
Junior Draft Status:
- Drafted 2012, Round 4 #58 overall by Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL Futures Draft
Western New York Hockey Prospects Ranking: #9
Currently entering his Senior season, and second as a member of the Sabres Prep team, Anthony Petrella will have more than just coaches and fans watching him this season. As a first year player with national powerhouse Shattuck – St. Mary’s Sabres, Petrella finished the season with 26 goals and 28 assists for 54 points in 57 games and looks to add to this number for the 2013-2014 season. If Petrella plays like he did last season, and with another year of experience under his belt, he could likely be a mid to late round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Not known to many people outside of hockey circles in Western New York, Petrella’s name may be one you hear more often during the upcoming season. Currently property of the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL, Petrella has a number of options available to him after his final season in Fairbault, MN. He is not currently committed to an NCAA hockey program but will surely be fielding offers from many of the strongest programs in the country before deciding whether to continue his career in the USHL with Dubuque or move right into a spot with an NCAA Team. Western New York Hockey fans will get a chance to see Anthony Petrella in action as his Shattuck – St. Mary’s Sabres Prep squad will be playing its counterpart from The Nichols School during the 2013-2014 season.