Jeremy Bracco's Consistent Offense Shines For The OHL Kitchener Rangers
Bracco made headlines last October when he left Boston College just five games into his freshman year. The New York native scored three assists before choosing to leave the Eagles for the OHL.
"You look at their record, the players in the room and the coaching staff, there's the potential to win a championship and play for a Memorial Cup," Bracco told Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News.
Listed at 5-foot-9, Bracco has been criticized for his size, but he ultimately makes up for it with his tremendous skill and understanding of the game.
As a rookie, he showcased that skill with the Rangers by scoring 21 goals and 43 assists for 64 points in just 49 games.
There was some expectation--and hope from Bracco--that he would take the next step this season and move to the Maple Leafs' AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. Instead, Toronto sent him back down to the OHL, where he has since dominated the league.
The 19-year-old Bracco built on a strong freshman season by registering at least one point in all 22 games he has played so far. That's good enough to place him third in league scoring behind Erie Otters linemates Taylor Raddysh and Alex DeBrincat, respectively.
Through those 22 games, Bracco has scored 16 goals and 29 assists for 45 points--on pace to shatter his numbers from last season. Should he continue at this pace, Bracco would finish the season with 49 goals, 89 assists and 138 points in 68 games.
Pace, however, is always a sticky topic, and consistency is one of the biggest words in professional sports. But right now, Bracco has been remarkably consistent, and while slumps and speed bumps are inevitable, he will only get better and smarter each game.