June 5, 2005
Roy, QMJHL Make Pitch for Esposito

By Paul Shaheen, Research on Ice

The biggest NCAA-related story from Saturday's QMJHL Draft was the Quebec Remparts' selection of Shattuck St. Mary's forward Angelo Esposito, the highly regarded 1989 birthdate from Montreal. Esposito, 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, by all accounts has been grappling with whether to play Major A or return to the states to keep his NCAA options open.

Remparts co-owner Patrick Roy is trying to make Esposito's decision much easier however.

The former NHL record setting-goaltender serves as the Remparts' Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, and helped orchestrate a massive three-way draft day trade which allowed Quebec to move up from the 15th position to nab Esposito at 11th overall. Research on Ice has it on good authority that the Remparts will be making, or have already made, a huge cash offer to Esposito and his family to lure him away from college hockey . One source reports that the offer could easily be in the high six figure category.

"Esposito and his family haven't made their final decision, but we're positive he's going to come," said Roy to the Halifax Herald. "We would not have taken him if we were not positive. But there's still a long way to go before he comes to Quebec."

Though Esposito has said publicly his heart is set on the college game (Boston University and New Hampshire are the lead candidates), things may well change within the next 30 days.

Paul Shaheen is the publisher of Research on Ice and will contribute recruiting updates to Inside College Hockey throughout the year. To subscribe to Research on Ice's free daily recruiting e-mail newsletter, contact Paul at puckkeg@comcast.net.

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