Kyle Capobianco is familiar with Buffalo. He made the trip many times from Mississauga to watch his older brother, Tony, play for Canisius College.
The youngest Capobianco thought about the college route, as well, until he became a first-round pick in the OHL Priority draft.
“I came to see him play all the time,” Capobianco said. “It was a tough decision for me with Tony playing at Canisius. I definitely thought about college, but I after I was drafted high, I decided to go to juniors.”
He was picked seventh overall in 2013 by Sudbury and played there the last two seasons.
“It was a tough year with a lot of ups and downs,” Capobianco said of Sudbury’s season as the Wolves finished last in the OHL.
But individually, the season was solid for Capobianco as the defenseman had 40 points (10 goals and 30 assists) in 68 games. He entered the Combine ranked 44th by Central Scouting after making his debut on the Players to Watch list in November.
He describes himself as an offensive defenseman who skates well with the puck.
Terse with his answers (much like his brother during his Canisius days), Capobianco said his goal for the week was to “just try and do his best.” He talked with some players who had experienced the Combine before, but didn’t go too in depth.
“You try to just experience for yourself,” he said.
His last trips to Buffalo were to watch Tony, who set 10 program records for Canisius including career saves (3,061) career shuouts (eight) and postseason wins (11) while leading the Golden Griffins to their first NCAA berth in 2013.