Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Whalers ink second-rounder Carnevale

Taylor Carnevale, a center taken by the Plymouth Whalers in the second round (30th overall) of the 2007 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, signed with the team Monday.

Carnevale scored 41 goals with 60 assists for 101 points and 93 penalty minutes in 70 games last season for the Mississauga Rebels.

Central Scouting offers this analysis of Carnevale: "A very smart, effective offensive minded center that shows a good understanding of the game. He reads the play quite well and displayed offensive skill and productivity all season long. He shows good speed and quickness when he is at full stride. Carnevale possesses good hands and puck skills."

“Carnevale’s a dual citizen,” Plymouth coach-GM Mike Vellucci said. “He’s a born hockey player who lives and breathes the game. He’s great in his own end and a great face off guy – just a pure character player.”

The Whalers have signed a number of draft choices for the upcoming season, including 2006 selections Tom Kane, Chad Rutkowski (Harrison Township), Josh Bemis (Clarkston), and now Carnevale.

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