Justin Addamo commits to RPI

RPI commit Justin Addamo rifles a shot through contact (photo: RMU Men's Hockey)

About a week ago, we found out that RPI has added former Robert Morris LW Justin Addamo. He becomes the 5th transfer this offseason to commit to the Engineers. Addamo just completed his junior year with Robert Morris where he was among their best players. He was 5th on the team in points with 15, and he was 3rd on the team in goals with 8. This was all in just 21 games as well. His 8-7-15 line is a 13-11-24 pace for a full 34 game season, and 24 points would have led RPI in 2019-20. Addamo is absolutely humongous, especially for a forward, and Robert Morris listed him as 6’6″ and 227 LBs. RPI fills a need with him as another proven scoring option in the forward group.

While he is considered a “physical power forward”, there is much more to Addamo as a player than his size. He has soft hands that allows him to make plays offensively as well as protect the puck well. He uses his strength and skill very effectively to drive the net and create scoring chances. Look at this example of using his strength to win a puck battle, then driving the net and using his skill and soft hands to finish in close.

Addamo also has an outstanding shot that is hard, fast and accurate. He scored many goals where he picked out corners and then just let it rip. There are a few examples of this below.

Addamo’s wrist shot is not his only shot that is great. He also has an awesome one-timer that may even be better than his wristshot. He scored many goals with his one-timer too, with more examples below.

Beating goalies cleanly with one-timers and wristshots is difficult to do consistently, but these were 6 out of his 8 goals, which shows the strength of his goal-scoring abilities.

One thing you may have noticed in this short “film study” is that many of these goals were on the power play. Addamo was excellent on RMU’s powerplay as he led the team in both PP goals and PP points with 4 goals and 8 points. He was one of their biggest weapons on the power play and helped the Colonials to a 25% success rate, which is very good. Even if he’s not scoring, the threat of his shot from the flank opens up lanes and opportunities for his teammates.

Addamo should play a big role right away for RPI. He was always in the top 6 for RMU and was a key part of their power play, and we expect he will have the same role for the Engineers. He played on the LW with Grant Hebert as his center every game. The reason for mentioning this is that Hebert was one of RMU’s best players. Hebert was 2nd on the team in assists with 15, and he had almost a point per game with a 8-15-23 line in 24 games. Addamo’s success with a high-level center bodes well for RPI because they have 2 top-line quality centers with Ture Linden and Zach Dubinsky. It is particularly easy to see Addamo succeeding with Linden due to his great passing ability that could set up Addamo’s lethal shot, much like Linden and Burgess did in 2019-20. Addamo provides another top 6 forward for the Engineers, and adding more goal scoring just adds to their depth, making it even more likely that they will find success this season. We can’t wait to see him play a big role in this success! Congratulations to Justin and his family!

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