This will be a series where I will look at prospects that are projected to be drafted by the New Jersey Devils. Since most mock drafts come out different, especially in the later rounds, I will be using various sources to pick and review certain players.
This mock draft is courtesy of Draft Site and I will be using a few from this website due to their 5-round mock draft. It has been tagged as updated through January 17th, 2014.
They had Anthony DeAngelo as the Devils’ first pick of the draft in the 2nd round, pick 40.
He started off being drafted in the 15th round in the USHL by the Cedar Rapid RoughRiders at pick number 222.
In 2010-11 with the RoughRiders, he had 1 goal and 14 assists for 15 points in 28 games. He also had a +4 rating.
He would only spend one season there as he was drafted by the Sarnia Sting in the OHL Priority Selection in the 2nd round.
The then-15-about-to-turn-16-in-October prospect had a little trouble finding his groove in 2011-12 registering 6 goals and 17 assists in 68 games. He struggled defensively with a -7 rating.
In 2011-12, DeAngelo had 9 goals and 49 assists in 62 games but his plus/minus rating plummeted even more, falling to -13.
This season has seen all of the production but very little of the defense. Tony has 11 goals and 44 assists in just 37 games this season. His plus/minus is -17 for the season to this point.
Elite Prospects reports the following:
“DeAngelo is a smooth skating, offense-generating defenseman who has some very quick feet. He’s slippery and very creative with the puck. His offensive awareness is incredible but is easily out-muscled in his own end and needs to work on his positioning. (August 2013)”
If you look at his career OHL stats that certainly rings true. He has a career -37 rating in the OHL to this point and has a -5 rating in the playoffs in 10 games with the sting.
It would be interesting to find out if Tony has any experience at forward because it seems like there is way too much risk when you draft DeAngelo as a defender. He almost seems to be like a younger Marek Zidlicky in the sense that he can produce offensively, but his defense could cost games.
The jury is still out on whether or not I would want the Devils to draft him. He is only 18 years old and would certainly spend time in Albany at most if he were to immediately join the team.
Until he fixes his defensive game, he may not see the light of the NHL if he continues to post a bad +/- rating in the juniors.
Not to mention the Devils don’t necessarily need to reach for a risky defensemen since they have a deep defensive pool as it is with Eric Gelinas, Jon Merrill, Raman Hrabarenka, Steve Santini, and Dan Kelly.
Draft Anthony DeAngelo?
I would draft him if he is available in the later rounds but my gut tells me he won’t be. He may not even be in the draft at this point. I think the Devils should pass on DeAngelo considering they need to find a defensive defensemen that is consistent on the defensive side instead of an offensive defenseman.
The youth in the Devils defensive system also makes it hard to see them draft a risky player like DeAngelo.
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