Edit: Sgarbossa is indeed drafted by the San Jose Sharks. So this entire post makes no sense. Good player, though, worth keeping an eye on, if only because we don’t have anything better to do.
A stacked, 2nd-seeded Ottawa 67s just suffered a pretty humiliating four-game sweep at the hands of the Sudbury Wolves. One name that should be on the mind of anyone who watched the series is Michael Sgarbossa, who was downright unstoppable. Even the 67s coach said that no matter who was assigned with shutting him down, Sgarbossa found a way. He finished the series with 4G, 8A, and 12P, in what were admittedly some pretty high-scoring games. Half of those points – 1g, 5A – came in Sudbury’s 8-7 OT win in Game 1. But what was even more noticeable was the way he scored and set up those goals. They were timely, clutch goals when his team was down. And in a league that features a lot of hot-dogging, fancy plays, and a sizeable talent gap, Sgarbossa seems comfortable with the hard-nose, ugly goals required in the NHL.
There isn’t a ton of information available on Sgarbossa, but it appears he was undrafted in his first year of eligibility. This might be because of his size – he’s listed at 175lbs, and in the NHL that’s at least ten pounds too light. But he has respectable numbers this year – 62 points in 37 games – and, as evidenced against the 67s, his hard-driving style of play is hard to shut down.
He doesn’t seem to be on the radar, and certainly isn’t projected to go in the first couple of rounds. But with the Sens having picked up a number of later-round picks, Sgarbossa might be worth a second look. He’s certainly worth keeping an eye on during the OHL playoffs.