Pasquale finally took a huge step in his development as a prospect in his draft year, being relied upon as the Spirit's workhorse goalie. That season he played in 61 of the team's 68 games, logging a league-leading 3536 minutes in net (344 minutes more than Thomas McCollum). Edward also finished the OHL season 9th in save percentage even though he faced 128 more shots than any other goalie in the league.
After being drafted by the Thrashers, Pasquale's final junior season saw most of his numbers drop - except for his 0.916% save percentage which put him tied with fellow Atlanta prospect Carrozzi for 4th in the league.
Edward made the move to professional hockey this season, where he is part of the numbers game amongst Atlanta's goaltending depth charts. Although his role within the Thrashers farm system was intended to be a platoon in the ECHL with Carrozzi, Pasquale has spent most of the season in the AHL either backing up Peter Mannino or splitting time with Drew MacIntyre. While his numbers aren't necessarily stellar, his numbers compare quite fairly to his elders'.
Mannino: 27 GP, 12 W, 0.896 SV%, 3.09 GAA
MacIntyre: 11 GP , 5 W, 0.901 SV%, 3.04 GAA
Pasquale: 11 GP, 5 W, 0.892 SV%, 3.16 GAA
Melchiori was drafted by the Thrashers in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft out of the OJHL's Newmarket Hurricanes, namely for his unknown level of upside. During his two years in the OJHL, the 6'3" defenceman posted 45 points in 87 games, including a 7-goal season in '09-'10.
After being drafted by Atlanta in June, Melchiori joined the Kitchener Rangers for the '10-'11 season though he originally intended on developing in the NCAA. Now listed at 6'4" and 209 lbs., Julian hasn't quite lived up to my expectations on a hot Rangers team; however, Melchiori's 14 points in 41 games put him third in team defencemen scoring behind the league-leading Ryan Murphy and overager Jamie Doornbosch, both of which see ample time on the team's powerplay.
With the Rangers currently sitting in 3rd in the OHL's Western Conference (2 points back of Owen Sound with two games in hand), Melchiori should, at the very least, get the opportunity at a deep playoff run where he should gain valuable experience that can translate into a more productive season in '11-'12.
Only 19 years old, there is still plenty of time for Melchiori for develop. Considering the talent currently on the Thrashers roster, one can imagine Atlanta beginning to give their defensive prospects plenty of opportunity once they are forced to make some hefty financial commitments over the next few years, and Melchiori should be one of those guys in due time.