Jonathan Castagna plays at his best in front of the net. A strong net-front presence, Castagna does a great job creating offence from his work by the crease. He always seems to be right where he is needed to try and poke at loose pucks off of rebounds. He does a good job tracking the puck following a shot and always being ready to make a play to bury in a rebound or at least create a scoring chance. Defenders have a tough time containing him at times in front of the net as he is always moving around to make himself available for a pass or to cash in on a potential rebound. His net-front abilities have made him a useful addition to his teams power play unit.
His linemates never really need to worry about not having someone up on the rush with them as Castagna is always there. He tends to score most of his goals from the slot however, the Toronto Marlboro's forward boasts a strong wrist-shot as well. He also has great vision and is able to read plays and position himself accordingly.
Something that many young players need to do is to add muscle to make it to the next level and this is even more relevant for Castagna than most. As a net-front presence being able to hold your own is essential. While it has not been a major issue for the Ontario native to date, at the major junior or junior A level, defenders are bigger, older, and stronger, and Castagna will need to add muscle to compete.
There do not look to be many concerns about Jonathan Castagna’s game translating to the next level. As long as he continues to improve and is able to get stronger, teams always have room for a skilled, net-front presence who can bury in loose pucks when it matters most.