After reporting that Matt Iacopelli would sign with the Chicago Blackhawks, John Buccigross of ESPN also tweets that teammate Griffen Molino will be headed to the Vancouver Canucks. The undrafted Western Michigan forward will apparently turn pro after just his sophomore year at the university.
The 23-year old Molino was the second-highest scorer on WMU this season (behind Iacopelli) after leading the team in his freshman year. With good speed and solid playmaking ability, Molino is a dangerous distributor on the Broncos’ powerplay. Often playing the point, he can find players all over the ice when it looks like nothing is there.
At the next level though, those cross-seam passes will be harder to complete and Molino will have to adjust his game accordingly. Stronger on the puck than his 5’11” 171-lbs frame would suggest, he does seem ready to play against bigger competition. It will be interesting to see if the hockey sense and passing ability will carry over to the faster AHL game.