Eric Gelinas and Damon Severson have landed on Hockey’s Future Top 50 Prospects.
In the first grouping of prospects 41-50, the New Jersey Devils had two propsects crack the list after being unranked last time. At #45, Eric Gelinas burst onto the New Jersey Devils roster this season with his heavy slapshot.
This season, Eric Gelinas has 7 goals and 20 assists with a -3 rating. Gelinas has played in 53 games and is well on his way to becoming a constant Top-6 defenseman in the near future.
The 2nd round draft pick from the 2009 NHL Draft is listed at a 7.0 talent score out of 10 and a probability of success at a grade of C.
Here is HF’s updated assessment of Gelinas:
45. Eric Gelinas, D, New Jersey Devils
Height: 6-4, Weight: 209, Not ranked
Although he was assigned to the AHL out of training camp, it did not take Eric Gelinas long to be recalled to the NHL as he was called up in late October, and has been a regular part of the Devils’ lineup ever since. Though he has been steady at both ends of the ice, Gelinas has made his most noticeable impact on the Devils power play, which has been among the best in the league for much of the 2013-14 regular season. His even strength play has also shown a fair amount of polish for a rookie, and he is routinely paired with either fellow rookie Jon Merrill or veteran Marek Zidlicky.
Damon Severson landed one spot ahead of him at 44th. Damon has been playing in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Kelowna Rockets. In his fourth full season with the team, Severson has been given the honor of alternate captain.
Severson has 15 goals and 46 assists for 61 points in 64 regular season games. In the playoffs, he has 1 assist in 2 games. Severson is just another defenseman that is ready to burst onto the scene. He has only 2 career games with Albany and that was last season. In those two games, he tallied 2 assists.
Hockey’s Future has a talent score of 7.5 and a probability of success at a C.
A two-way defenseman who is wrapping up his fourth season of WHL hockey, Damon Severson brings a blend of size and offense to the Devils organization. He has been extremely productive at the junior level this season, posting 15 goals and 46 assists through 64 games, and was among the last cuts for Team Canada at the 2014 WJC. Severson plays with a calm demeanor which accentuates his high-end puck skills, and while he is not a physically intimidating presence, he plays a tough, heavy game on the ice. It remains to be seen what kind of player Severson will develop into at the NHL level, but he has the potential to develop into a top-four defenseman.
Prospects 31-40 have been released today but no NJ Devils made the group.