Rookie winger Sven Andrighetto is making quite the name for himself within the city of Hamilton
in the early going this season, and there is no doubt that this 20 year old is also making himself known throughout the
hockey world. Despite missing 40% of the year due to injury, he finds
himself among the Bulldogs’ scoring leaders.
Throughout the preseason he played well and caught my eye quite a few times. Not only does he work well with the rest of the team and
gets a lot of opportunities but also creates them for his teammates. I can’t say that I didn’t expect much from him, due to how quickly he got my attention as someone to watch, but I can say that as a
rookie he has surprised me.
There are not a lot of first year players that make that much of an impact on a team,
especially at the minor league level. With players like Nathan Beaulieu and Louis Leblanc as well as the rest of the
young veterans on Hamilton, it could be difficult for some to get out of the shadows and shine.
But as we’ve seen so far this season, Andrighetto is having no difficulty proving his abilities and making sure his presence is known.
Before coming up to the AHL, Andrighetto played for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
fof the QMJHL. After two years with the team he collected a total of 172 points from 67 goals and 105 assists.
Last season he played at the World Juniors and was Switzerland’s top scorer with
eight points in six games. Not only was he their top point producer but also made the top-10; he was tied with several others including Montreal’s very own Alex Galchenyuk.
So far this season he has played a total of 18 games with the Bulldogs and collected 12 points
(seven goals and five assists) with 10 PIMS and a +1 rating. He missed a dozen
games after suffering a lower body injury and has just recently returned to the
lineup. It didn’t take long for him to get going as in his first game back he managed an
assist on Jarred Tinordi’s first (and only) goal of the season.
Every single time he hits the ice he works harder than the time before. Not only does he know what he wants
to accomplish but he understands what he needs to do in order to get there. He is not only dedicated but he is very motivated and ready to work hard every single game. His hard work is paying off as he has become one of the key assets to the Bulldogs
and he is a fixture inside the top-6 up front. Andrighetto has also been quite the clutch player as he
already has saved Hamilton from being shut out a couple of times.
As the season goes on and he develops his already outstanding skills he will be quite the player and
should be ready to move up. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was called up by the Canadiens sooner rather than later.