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Justin Azevedo
 
Jersey Number: #15
Junior Experience: 1 Year
Date of Birth: Apr 1, 1988
Height: 5'08"
Weight: 145lbs
NHL Status: Eligable in '06
How Acquired: 1st Rnd '04 draft
Hometown: Sudbury
 
Justin Azevedo is clearly the smallest player to come through Kitchener in a long while.  Fortunately he doesn't play small, he throws his weight around effectively and uses his size often to be extremely illusive.  He entered camp at only 145 pounds, but has proven on more than one occasion that he can pack a pretty good punch when opposition players get in his way on the ice.  Fortunately he was thoroughly tested the season prior to being drafted by the Rangers 14th overall in the Junior B ranks while playing with the Chatham Maroons.  Azevedo desite his size doesn't appear to be intimidated by anyone while on the ice, and like many of the OHL's smaller players he could stickhandle in a phone booth, and doesn't shy away from shooting, he does have a decent wrister.

Justin Azevedo has been used primarily as a center, but has also seen time on the wings filling in on the top three lines for wingers when necessary.  Azevedo's quick development in the OHL as well as some injuries in the Rangers' lineup necessitating a place on the top 3 lines have been a pleasent surprise for both the team and Justin Azevedo.  Originally he was slotted for the 4th line to be used a center.  The energy and enthusiam that he brings to the team have left most Rangers' fans begging to see Azevedo on the ice more often.  He has been pressing veteran players for ice time, especially after returning from the under-17 championships playing for team Ontario with Rangers' teammates: Myles Applebaum and Mark Packwood.  Justin's Chatham Maroons in 2003-'04 were playoff champions.

Azevedo compares quite favourably with former Rangers' center Trevor Gallant (who's trade to North Bay was the only thing that prevented him from being the highest all-time scorer in frachise history.  Azevedo appears intelligent on the ice beyond his years, evidence of this fact would be coach Peter DeBoer's use of Azevedo late in games as a center, as well as rare spot duty on playing the point on the powerplay.  The best part of Azevedo's game is the part that is yet to come, he has another three years of junior eligability remaining after his rookie season and once fully matured easily has 100-point potential in the league.


Season
GP
G
A
P
PIM
+/-
PPG
SHG
2004-2005 Kitchener Rangers
49
14
18
32
32
1
3
1
Career Totals
49
14
18
32
32
1
3
1