New York Islanders draftee Taylor Camarrata had a nice day in a 5-2 win over Finland in a World Juniors friendly yesterday. Camarrata, a third round pick and the USHL's top scorer last season is bound for the University of Minnesota this upcoming season. Camarrata isn't big, he's 5'7, but he's quick and judging by his 93 points last year in 59 games at Waterloo, thoughts of Marty St Louis start to pop into mind. Yesterday, Camarrata notched a goal and a pair of assists against Finland as the US is going through the process to assemble it's 2013-2014 World Junior Championship roster after winning gold last year in Ufa, Russia. Camarrata would be the Islanders sole US representative at Malmö this year if he makes the cut.
Camarrata's day is certainly eye-catching in August with little hockey or hockey news happening over the next month.
It'll will certainly be interesting to see how Camarrata develops at Minnesota as the Islanders have twice brought prospects out of the University's system (Kyle Okposo and Aaron Ness), but with a larger crop of Forwards ahead of Camarrata than those players, he should be able to play three to 4 years at the college allowing the Islanders ample time (if Camarrata doesn't invoke the Junior opt out rule) to evaluate his development and if he builds on his frame (currently 157 lbs) and continues scoring and to be fleet footed.
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