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Canucks select OHL goal-scoring leader Anthony Romani with sixth round pick at 2024 NHL Draft

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David Quadrelli
13 days ago
After selecting Melvin Fernstrom and Riley Patterson in the third and fourth rounds, respectively, the Vancouver Canucks had to wait until the sixth round to select next.
 
The Canucks had two picks in this round, at 162nd and 189th overall. At 162nd, they took overage winger Anthony Romani. Romani led the OHL in goals this past season, potting 58 for the North Bay Battalion. He added 53 assists for a total of 111 points through 68 games played.
Our own Dave Hall identified him as a potential target for the Canucks in the fourth round.
Known for his high hockey IQ, playmaking ability, and powerful shot, Romani is a wizard at finding open spaces to unleash his improved shot. He’s a strong rush player who capitalizes on his constant movement to sift through defenders. So, what made him miss the cut last year? His 43 points didn’t necessarily jump off the page, and his defensive and physical game needed work.
Daily Faceoff’s Steven Ellis had Romani ranked at 81st overall, praising his hockey IQ:
The first thing that stands out about Romani’s game is his hockey IQ. Even last year, that was something that popped, and the results followed with a 68-point increase to 111 this year in his third campaign with North Bay. That all but assured he’d get drafted, with many scouts happy to see him finally live up to expectations after being a strong minor hockey star in the GTHL. He had to deal with playing catch-up after losing his OHL Draft year, where he was expected to challenge for the scoring lead. He has a remarkable shot and his skating continues to get better, but he needs to work on his defensive game still.
Here’s what the Elite Prospects’ draft guide says about Romani, who they had ranked 97th overall:
Most of Romani’s offence comes off the rush. He’s an ice-stretching playmaker, hitting teammates with long-bomb cross-ice passes. This season, he carried the puck move, creating offence with his weaving rushes and give-and-goes. Either way, he’s constantly shifting the defence around with his east-west movement, creating space for him or his linemates to slip away from the defence.
The Canucks end up snagging him at 162nd overall.
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