GM Scarpaci recruited Nick over the summer to join the Florida Eels at the prestigious Pro-Am Sr. Chowder Cup in back in July. He had very positive scouting reports on Nick who played for the Madison Capitolsin 2017-18 and previously played for the Dubuque Devils. We did not know really what to expect said GM Scarpaci. Once he played with us we were convinced we wanted him and made him an offer. This young man has so much upside with his strong skill set. But the possibilities are endless with the right training development and maturity.
Coach Frank Scarpaci notes that Nick is exactly what we are looking for. A young 2001 who we can develop into a phenomenal defenseman. This kid is so smart in the D-Zone and makes it look so easy. He denies opposition in his zone of puck possession and can turn on the offense with a drop of a dime. A consummate offensive threat on the blueline. He scored a couple of goals and notched as many assists at the Sr. Chowder Cup. That was impressive as our opponents were 1998 1999 and 2000s so it was a great test of his competitiveness.
Coach Scarpaci notes, “Nick has a very high hockey IQ. Does not get unraveled when the opposing team has possession. . He is extremely coachable. Has explosive speed. He is very fast and gets back into his own zone with the same intensity of his offensive rush. He does this with a smile. You can see he loves the game and he is so much fun to coach and watch play. There is no doubt he is always having a ball out there….isn’t that great isn’t that the way it is suppose to be?”
GM Scarpaci concludes that Nick brings so much energies to the bench. It is contagious. He is a very determined young man. He is all about playing NCAA college hockey and he selected the Eels as his vehicle to get him there; he seen that the Eels don’t allow its players to rest on their laurels or simply have dreams. You have to have a blue print and an action plan. But Nick recognizes that have simply goals is not enough…. We help execute that plan by developing our players give players like Nick the time and allow them to grow and mature into a complete player. There is no doubt we will ripen Nick into a solid NCAA college hockey player.”