Michael Sdao (D-L, 6’4, DOB 1989, 7-191/09)
2007-08 USHL Lincoln 53-3-6-9 +12 178pim (ppg 0.17) 5th d-pts
2008-09 USHL Lincoln 51-3-7-10 Even 162pim (ppg 0.19) 5th
2009-10 NCAA Princeton 30-5-4-9 -4 48pim (ppg 0.30) 4th
2010-11 NCAA Princeton 27-3-7-10 Even 65pim (ppg 0.37) 4th
2011-12 NCAA Princeton 30-10-10-20 -3 87pim (ppg 0.66) 1st
Picked out of the USHL as one of the best fighters in the draft (he was not ranked by Central Scouting), he’s continued to improve the other parts of his game each year at Princeton. This is his third season in the NCAA and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sens made him an offer to leave college early. If his offensive game translates at the pro level he’s going to be a very pleasant surprise for Ottawa. Former coach Guy Gadowsky describes him, “He can really shoot the puck, and he’s in even better shape: he’s definitely stronger, he’s definitely quicker, and he’s as focused on becoming the best hockey player as he can possibly be. I won’t say he’s changing – he’s still going to be a tough, hard-nosed defenceman – but he can definitely shoot the puck.“ Roman J. Uschak interviewed Sdao mid-season and he talked about his experience, saying he wants to continue working on his defensive game and is committed to graduate. His coach, Bob Prier, said “More than anyone else I’ve coached, he wants to play at the next level. He’s definitely got the will, and an absolute bomb from the point. He’s also a great person, and his intangibles are terrific. … He’s an NHL prospect, and a good prospect.” Here’s a clip of Sdao from his USHL days, and for those who don’t mind longer clips, a goal scored in the NCAA (or skip to 4:39).