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The Colorado Avalanche made a safe, smart pick with their fourth round selection on Wednesday, taking undersized center Colby Ambrosio of the USHL’s Tri-City Storm with the 118th overall selection.
Ambrosio, a native of Welland, Ontario, is committed to play at Boston College next season — where he’ll join Colorado’s ever-growing list of prospects who opted for the collegiate route in their development paths. The 18-year-old forward, who stands at just 5’9 and 170 lbs right now, will look to round out a game that already highlights an impressive amount of speed and skill in the offensive zone while improving his play in his own end and away from the puck.
Ambrosio has been playing in the USHL with the Tri-City Storm for the last two seasons, where he’s flourished into an offensive force for the club over the last handful of months. He led his team in scoring last season with 50 points in 48 games, and gained praise as a strong center in the faceoff circle while developing a good power-play presence.
What the scouts are saying:
“Ambrosio really flourishes in the offensive zone. He’s particularly potent off the rush, where he combines lateral quickness with deliberate stick-handling maneuvers to open up passing & shooting opportunities. He’s a deft puck-handler, capable of highlight-reel dangles. He’s also great in the face-off circle and was a staple on the Storm’s first power-play unit this season. -EliteProspects 2020 NHL Draft Guide”
Ambrosio was knocked in scouting reports because he needs to improve his speed in the offensive zone; at the moment he plays a low and heavy style that makes it hard to knock him off the puck, but doesn’t quite reach the level he could potentially reach if he quickened his stride a bit. His defensive game struggles quite a bit, and he’ll definitely be a project for Colorado — but ideally, he’ll be a piece that could surprise them a handful of years down the road.