The reigning Salem News Player of the Year, who finished his Eagles’ career with 35 goals and 101 points, got a good vibe when meeting with the Capitals before the draft. He already has a strong bond with the team’s regional scout, Ed McColgen (who could not be reached for comment last night), who had watched him play with St. John’s, the Valley Junior Warriors and at USA Hockey Development Camps and knew what skills Pinho had.
Anaheim, Boston, Montreal, the New York Islanders and Vancouver were other teams that had shown a lot of interest in Pinho; in fact, he found out after the fact that if Washington hadn’t chosen him with the 174th pick Sunday, Vancouver (which had the 175th selection) would have scooped him up.
Capitals Director of Amateur Scouting Ross Maloney told CSNWashington.com about Pinho’s intangibles that got him drafted by the team.
“Hard worker. I like his competitiveness,” he said of Pinho. “I like that every shift he gives everything he has. Smart player. Plays the point on the power play sometimes.”
Pinho spoke to McColgen yesterday morning about the upcoming Development Camp, and the veteran scout he offered the 6-foot, 173-pound pivot some sound advice.
“He told me, ‘Play hard and don’t be starstruck by the NHL guys. Just work hard and focus on what you need to do. You’re there now’,” Pinho said.
Pinho keeps a book of what he eats: peanut butter and crackers, almonds, protein shakes, roast beef sandwiches. He continues to train with Ben Bruno at Mike Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning in North Andover, working out these days with New York Rangers winger (and Boxford native) Chris Kreider. He also continues to do power skating with Beverly native Paul Vincent up at his old Eagles’ home rink, Ristuccia Arena, in Wilmington.