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Melchiori eager for Pro

Defenseman Julian Melchiori's focus is on a full-time roster spot in St. John's.

Friday, 10.08.2012 / 5:20 PM / Feature
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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Melchiori eager for Pro
Julian Melchiori is yet another defenseman under the prospect wing of the Winnipeg Jets. Almost one year ago at this time, Mechiori was getting ready for his first NHL prospect camp, a tournament held in Penticton, BC last September.

Julian Melchiori is yet another defenseman under the prospect wing of the Winnipeg Jets.

Almost one year ago around this time, Melchiori was getting ready for his first NHL prospect camp, a tournament held in Penticton, BC last September. He had just one major junior season with OHL’s Kitchener Rangers under his belt at that time. The late-born December baby will see his 21st birthday on Dec. 6th, putting him over the age of eligibility to play in the Canadian Hockey League. This means that he must turn professional next season, after just two junior seasons on his resume.

Melchiori, 20, started the 2011-'12 season with the Rangers, where he had 2 goals, 19 assists and 42 penalty minutes in 35 games. He was acquired in January by the Oshawa Generals and added 17 assists in 26 games. He then tallied a pair of goals and an assist in 6 playoff games.

The Richmond Hill, Ont., native was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the third round, 87th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. After the Generals were bumped out of the OHL playoffs, he joined the IceCaps in St.John’s. He made his AHL debut on April 14th. He said the experience was much more than just that one night.

“It was really good,” said Melchiori. “I was there for two months and it was a great experience for me. It’s going to help me a lot going into next year, having a leg up on some that haven’t been there before. I’m going to use that experience the best I can and go in there next year and really fight for a spot.”

At 6-foot-4, 214 pounds, Melchiori has been working very hard at developing physically along with developing his mental game. IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge mentioned last September in Penticton that he saw a younger guy who is growing into his body.

“That size and co-ordination and balance, it's a matter of everything coming together. I believe it will,” said McCambridge.

“I feel good right now physically and fitness wise but I still have a long way to go before September,” Melchiori said during development camp in July. “I’ve been training with Gary Roberts in the summer so hopefully I’ll be where I want to be come September.”

Roberts is a strong believer of developing professionals not only on the ice but outside of the rink as well, and everything that comes along with it.

“He’s a pretty intense guy,” Melchiori smiled. “It’s a great program and a great atmosphere. He keeps you on your toes all the time and really demands a lot out of us, which is great. It’s amazing to be around a guy like that with so much credibility and so many prerequisites under his belt.”

Melchiori says one of the main things that he’s changed in his off-season training routine is learning about recovery.

“In the past, during the summer I’ve just gone at- and gone at it,” he explained. “But I feel with Gary, he really teaches you a lot more on how to understand your body, when to push yourself, when to take a day off and when to recover. That’s something I’d like to learn a lot about and use it in pro.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 64 22 30 14 52
B. Little 64 24 27 11 51
B. Wheeler 62 17 29 14 46
D. Byfuglien 64 15 27 8 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 64 10 26 3 36
M. Frolik 64 13 20 4 33
D. Stafford 58 11 17 -19 28
J. Tlusty 54 13 11 -18 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
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