This is the second in a series of in-depth profiles covering each member of the Colorado Avalanche 2020 draft class. The entire series can be found HERE.
Adding to their prospect depth at forward the Colorado Avalanche selected right shot center Colby Ambrosio who most recently played for the Tri-City Storm in the USHL. The first noticeable attribute about Ambrosio is his size as he stands at at 5’8 and 170 lbs but hasn’t let that deter him thus far. Drafted by Colorado at 118th overall in the fourth round Ambrosio was an under the radar selection but not off the board as NHL Central Scouting had him ranked at 71st of North American skaters.
Ambrosio shares many common attributes with other recent Avalanche draft selections as he is a Canadian who chose the NCAA path although he was a 4th round Ottawa 67s pick in the 2018 OHL draft. Now Ambrosio has joined the Boston College program along with fellow prospects Alex Newhook and Drew Helleson. There he will begin his freshman season on November 20th when the 2020-21 Hockey East schedule finally kicks off.
Productivity in the USHL is a desirable attribute to Avalanche scouts and it’s no surprise they were intrigued by Ambrosio’s stat line of 50 points including 26 goals in 48 games. This placed him at 11th in the league in scoring and was a big increase for him from just 26 points the season prior. Ambrosio also represented Canada at the U17 in 2018 where he posted three points in five games.
Ambrosio’s game is based around speed which was an obvious target for the Avalanche scouting staff in this draft class. He combines his strong skating with an energetic motor and a puck hound type tenacity as seen in the clip below. Ambrosio has also been a top power play performer and creator as he was one of the strongest in the USHL on the man advantage. He is more of a shooter and net driver rather than facilitator at even strength however and will need to use that energy along the boards and on the forecheck more.
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As a relatively young prospect with an August, 2002 birthdate the path for Ambrosio to a professional contract and the Avalanche organization should entail a long NCAA career of three or four years. From there Ambrosio will need to then show productivity and defensive prowess in the AHL before looking for an opportunity in the NHL. It’s very possible he ends up as one of the dynamite diminutive scorers with a long career in the AHL such as a TJ Tynan or Andrew Agozzino but there’s always the chance with Ambrosio’s speed and skill level he finds a Rocco Grimaldi type niche in the NHL as someone who adds a pop of speed, skill and energy to the bottom six.