Knights defenseman Joseoh Campolieto has had a busy few weeks. In addition to leading his team, and all NAHL defenseman in scoring, he’s committed to Union College, been an honorable mention for NAHL defenseman of the month, and most recently has caught the eye of the hockey scouting community.
To be listed on NHL Central Scouting’s watch list is significant. For a player named by the service, it means that NHL front offices have taken interest in a player’s career and skill set. Last season the Knights Joe Kubachka made the list before advancing to the USHL.
There is certainly precedent for Knights players to have that interest develop. The organization has had several alumni selected in the NHL draft, most recently defenseman Dmitriy Zaitsev, who spent part of last season as a teammate of Campolieto. Zaitsev was taken in the 7th round by the Washington Capitals in June’s NHL Annual Draft.
Prior to Zaitsev, former Knights Ivan Provorov (2015, 1.07 Philadelphia Flyers), Daniel Sprong (2015, 2.46 Pittsburgh Penguins), Nikita Pavlychev (2015, 7.197 Pittsburgh Penguins) and CJ Yakimowicz (2014, 6.172 St. Louis Blues) were taken in the NHL Draft.
The journey is far from finished for Joseph Campolieto, but for now, he remains committed to helping his current team in their second season in the NAHL.
“I know I speak for myself and the rest of the organization when I say how proud I am of Joseph,” said Knights head Coach Tom Kowal. “He keeps getting after it on the ice, and is taking advantage of the stage he’s at. He’s earned the attention he’s received. Again, it’s been a pleasure to coach him as a player and know him as a person for the past few years.”
Campolieto was one of 11 other NAHL players and alumni named to Central Scouting’s preliminary watch list. The Service will provide its first rankings in November, followed by a mid-season update in January before a final ranking in April. The 2017 NHL Entry Draft will take place on June 23-24, 2017 in Chicago.