Loprieno Opening Eyes in SJ

Max Giese from Sharkspage.com passes along some insight into Joe Loprieno‘s training camp.

Loprieno scored the eventual game-winner in a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks in a Rookies game on Friday.

Former Merrimack defenseman Joe Loprieno impressed with his size, physicality, and mature two-way performance. He was clearly a leader on defense and is futher along in his development than anticipated. Incorporating Coach Todd McLellan’s system into his game, Loprieno made smart decisions with the puck and showed off his accurate, heavy right-handed shot that he did a great job at getting through traffic and on net. He looks like could develop into a strong, physical stay-at-home defenseman in the NHL. Loprieno will become that caliber of a defenseman once he fixes some skating flaws, as while he’s quite nimble on his feet heading north, he does struggle skating backwards and moving laterally.

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