Monday, September 24, 2007

Breaking News: Saponari commits to BU

We've just learned that highly regarded NTDP U18 forward Vinny Saponari has committed to BU for 2008. The 5-11 right-shot forward from Powder Springs, Ga., scored 12 goals and 13 assists in 39 games last season for the NTDP U17s and then was moved up to the U18s for 19 games, including the World U18 championships (photo: scoring against Russia) , and added 4 goals and 3 assists. Before entering the NTDP program, Saponari played for Culver Military Academy as a teammate of his brother Victor, who is in this year's freshman class.

Saponari's U18 teammate, David Warsofsky, will join him next season in a class that also includes Stouffville Spirit center Corey Trivino, Nobles winger Andrew Glass, a Washington draft choice, and goalie Kieran Millan of Spruce Grove in the AJHL.

The 2006 OHL Scouting Guide had this assessment of Saponari:

"Prep School sensation from Georgia plays the game the right way by giving up his body to make highly creative offensive plays. Saponari is a very explosive skater who is as good of a passer as he is a goal scorer. If he chooses to come to the OHL he will be an impact player within a year or two. He needs to get stronger but it seems as though this kid is destined for pro hockey with his great wheels and ability to think the game."

We'll have more information about Saponari in the next few days.

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