Player Profile: Santino Centorame
OHL Draft Ranking: 55th Overall
Selected: 4th Round, 83rd Overall
2012 Club Team: Mississauga Rebels
Centorame is a player who has really impressed in the second half of the season, and become the Rebels most reliable two-way defenceman. He is a smart defenceman who is at his best skating the puck up the ice, making an assessment and moving the puck with confidence. He sees the ice well and makes smart decisions in all three zones. He runs the power play well, walks the line and creates passing lanes in the offensive zone. He is an effective skater who has good mobility and first few steps. In the past he struggled with his defensive zone coverage, but he is improving that as the season moves forward. Another big question is his body size and overall strength. He is willing to engage, but how strong will he get? How will he be able to contain OHL level forwards down low. He may have a lower projection level then some of his peers at the age group, but he is a darkhorse candidate who progressed well this season. He projects out as a top 4 defenceman at the OHL level. He has the potential to be a depth defenceman at the OHL level this season, however he may be better served by playing at year in Jr B and playing up during the U17 and U20 tournaments.