Philip Tomasino is one of the most intriguing prospects in the upcoming National Hockey League entry draft. His stock rose throughout the course of the season and he has the potential to be taken inside the top-15 picks this year.
Tomasino finished off his sophomore season with the Niagara IceDogs in the Ontario Hockey League above a point-per-game pace. He totaled 34 goals, 38 assists, and 72 points in 67 games this season. He finished with four goals, three assists and seven points in 11 games in the OHL playoffs. Niagara’s season ended against the Oshawa Generals in the second round of the OHL playoffs, after they lost in six games.
Tomasino’s skating is probably the most noticeable part of his game. He can get up to acceleration in just a few steps and is very dangerous on his edges. His high-end edgework helps him make sharp turns to high danger areas and create prime offensive scoring chances. It helps him to be extremely shifty all over the ice. His two-step acceleration is also a very noticeable part of his game.
Tomasino is a very good playmaker and passer overall. He will take advantage of any open passing lanes available. He will deliver the puck perfectly to his linemates. His ability to draw defenders to him and deliver the puck to an open linemate is quite underrated
This is an area where he becomes extremely dangerous in around the low slot. Again, his edgework helps him smoothly transition from forehand to backhand. One thing I think that is very interesting with him is that his ability to find open spaces above a goaltender at such a tight angle. He will take advantage of that and accurately shoot the puck to that open area with the tight angle he has.
Tomasino thinks the game very well. Whether on offense or defense, Tomasino can do just about anything. If he realizes that a defender is caught too high or on the rush, he will transition back to defense and play their position until they get back. Offensively, he is just about as gifted as you can get. We talked about his passing and shooting already, so those are a few things that obviously make him such a smart player.
Finally, Tomasino is a smart two-way player. He was used on Niagara’s penalty kill throughout the course of the season at center or wing. He also played in a shutdown role at times as well. He will use his quick feet to apply pressure and closes lanes by using a very active stick. Once he creates a turnover, he might be that type of player to transition to offense right away due to an explosive first step.
Tomasino definitely has the upside to become a top-six center at the NHL level. Think Mathew Barzal style-wise when it comes to him. There is potential that a team might end up drafting a steal depending on where he lands in the draft.
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