FC Rank 72
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James
Malatesta

Malatesta is a speedy, aggressive attacker who brings an amazing energy to every shift with relentless puck pursuits and fiery counterattacks. His first few steps are incredibly explosive, which allows him to beat anyone in foot races and sparks outbreaks in an instant. Thanks to his quick, efficient strides, Malatesta turns himself into a constant…

Date of Birth
May 31, 2003
Position
Center
Height
5'9"
Draft Year
2021
Place of Birth
Pointe-Claire, QC  
Shoots
Left
Weight
179 lbs
Draft Result
5/133 (CBJ)
DATE PLAYER NAME LEAGUE AUTHOR
Jun 10/21 Malatesta James 22219 – Quebec vs. Drummondville QMJHL by Andy Lehoux View Report
Feb 5/21 Malatesta James 21677 – Blainville-Boisbriand vs. Quebec QMJHL by Andy Lehoux View Report
Jan 26/21 Malatesta James 21626 – Drummondville vs. Quebec QMJHL by Andy Lehoux View Report
Jan 25/21 Malatesta James 21623 – Quebec vs. Gatineau QMJHL by Théo Lambert View Report
Jan 21/21 Malatesta James 21601 – Drummondville vs. Quebec QMJHL by Théo Lambert View Report
Nov 20/20 Malatesta James 21351 – Shawinigan vs. Quebec QMJHL by FCHockey Staff View Report

Career Stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PPG +/- PIM
2020-2021 Québec Remparts qmjhl 16 6 6 12 0.75 -9 8
2019-2020 Québec Remparts qmjhl 59 23 22 45 0.76 -9 29
July 26, 2021
Scout Survey: Post 2021 NHL Draft
July 25, 2021
BELL CURVE: Grades for each team at the 2021 Draft
July 24, 2021
2021 NHL Draft Tracker
July 23, 2021
FCHockey releases 2021 NHL Draft Guide
July 23, 2021
2021 NHL Draft – FCHockey’s Draft Directory
July 22, 2021
FCHockey’s FULL Seven-Round Staff Mock
July 10, 2021
Scout Series: Andy Lehoux and Tomas Zubrus on QMJHL eligibles
July 7, 2021
FCHockey releases Final ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
June 14, 2021
Notebook: Masters, Malatesta, Stenman & More
April 23, 2021
FC releases Spring ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
March 25, 2021
Scout Survey: Scouting in an uncertain year
February 10, 2021
FCHockey releases Winter Ranking for 2021 NHL Draft
February 8, 2021
Notebook: Kisakov, L’Heureux, Wong & More
December 4, 2020
FCHockey releases Preliminary ranking for 2021 NHL Draft

Malatesta is a speedy, aggressive attacker who brings an amazing energy to every shift with relentless puck pursuits and fiery counterattacks. His first few steps are incredibly explosive, which allows him to beat anyone in foot races and sparks outbreaks in an instant. Thanks to his quick, efficient strides, Malatesta turns himself into a constant rushing menace, possessing the straight-lane speed to bypass anyone given an open file. His superb quickness, agility, and vigor on the forecheck put tremendous pressure on defenders, creating a few turnovers. Malatesta showcases a very quick release on his wrist shot. He also flashed a willingness to create for his teammates, often generously sharing the disc with basic reads. He also uses his quick tempo to occasionally break plays on the backcheck. Malatesta’s pace and competitiveness are outstanding. His humble size didn’t slow him down a bit; physical play actually attracted him more than anything. He has an obvious penchant for the dump and chase style of play, often placing the puck behind the defender in rushes, and betting on his quickness and relentless combativity to establish the attack. Malatesta owns marvelous upper-body strength, which allows him to fight off checks and take control of corners effortlessly. He showcases great, dynamic offensive instincts to jump on countless odd-man rushes as both the puck carrier and a passing option crashing the net. He exhibits exceptional explosion in his two-step acceleration, and follows through with impressive foot speed. His straight-line drive allows him to completely bypass anyone with his speed. Malatesta possesses a very quick, threatening puck delivery on his wrist shot, which he often fires on the fly. He also enjoys using his intensity as a gravitational weapon to help his teammates get open and look for easy setup. He doesn’t have the vision or touch of a first-rate playmaker, but he’s looking to create for his allies just as much. Malatesta tends to trade creativity and elusiveness for intensity, making quick plays to force the hand of his opponents rather than look at his complete options. Going 110 percent every play refrains him from adding deception and elusiveness to his game, and this can make his game predictable. He exposes the puck to pokechecks too easily and leans on dump and chase too frequently to beat the first line of defense.

– FCHockey’s 2021 NHL Draft Guide