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Zander Veccia: Year in Review

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As a 2020 draftee, the 2021-2022 season was Zander Veccia’s first opportunity to prove himself in the OHL. 

A Player to Watch

After adjusting to the pace of the OHL, Zander Veccia proved himself to be a tough competitor time and time again during the season. The rookie scored his first OHL goal on October 30 versus the Hamilton Bulldogs in a performance that earned him the Third Star of the game. His play garnered interest from scouts early in the season, as he appeared on the NHL Scouting Players to Watch Lists for October and November

Zander Veccia earned his first multi-point game in a 7-2 win versus the Sudbury Wolves on November 21. Photo taken by Charles Warburton.
Zander Veccia earned his first multi-point game in a 7-2 win versus the Sudbury Wolves on November 21. Photo taken by Charles Warburton.

Midway through the year, Veccia was one of the top 50 rookie scorers (T-45), having had 13 points at the time. The right-winger moved his way up the lineup, playing part of the regular and post seasons on the Trout’s top line with James Hardie and Luca Del Bel Belluz. With several multi-point games under his belt, he recorded his first multi-goal performance on January 25 after scoring twice against the Peterborough Petes. He also notched a season-high of seven shots on net. 

Season-Long Performance 

Veccia continued to impress throughout the season. The Ridgetown native finished the year with 23 points (10G, 13A). With ten goals, Veccia was third in Steelheads rookie goal-scoring. Two of his goals this season secured a win, ranking him third on the team in insurance goals. He was also one of five Steelheads to score a short-handed goal this year. 

Zander Veccia celebrates with teammates after assisting James Hardie's 40th goal of the season on April 9 versus the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo taken by Charles Warburton.
Zander Veccia celebrates with teammates after assisting James Hardie’s 40th goal of the season on April 9 versus the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo taken by Charles Warburton.

The forward’s first set of playoff points bookended the team’s run. Veccia recorded an assist on the first postseason goal against the Barrie Colts and scored his first playoff goal in the final game of the second round with a bullet versus the Hamilton Bulldogs. 

After ten games, Veccia was tied for the team’s highest playoff plus/minus with fellow rookies Zakary Lavoie and Luke Misa (+3). With a year of OHL experience on his resume, Veccia is an exciting player to watch and looks to have a high ceiling.

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