Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of the stage between picks during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NHL Draft Profile: Anthony DeAngelo

Name: Anthony DeAngelo

Position: Defense

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 170 lbs.

2013-14 Team: Sarnia Sting

From: Sewell, NJ

Few players in the upcoming draft are as polarizing as Anthony DeAngelo. On one hand, he possesses dynamic offensive skill rivaled by few in his draft class. On the other, his disciplinary track record and soft defensive play have called his character in question ahead of the draft.

DeAngelo’s skating, stick-handling, passing, shooting and shooting are all top-notch, making him nearly impossible to contain in the offensive zone. Conversely, he can sometimes be a non-factor in his own zone. Not particularly strong or big, DeAngelo struggles to defend against opponents that can out-muscle him. Adding muscle and filling out will come with time, but DeAngelo will also need to improve his positioning and concentration to make the jump to pro hockey. He has led the OHL in assists for two consecutive seasons. In 2013-14, OHL coaches voted him the best offensive defenseman in the Western conference.

Plaudits aside, DeAngelo’s reputation has been hurt by a number of transgressions. He was suspended by his team and the OHL for eight games in 2013-14, the OHL’s announcement cited “a most inappropriate statement to a teammate” made after a 6-1 loss to the Guelph Storm on January 31st. He served a 2-game suspension later in the season for verbal abuse of an official.

DeAngelo’s comments on the issue aren’t far from what you’d expect in an apologetic athlete, but it’s clear he wants to put the controversy behind him.

“I made a mistake in what I did and know I was wrong for the comment I made… I was deserving of disciplinary actions. It was my fault so I served it and am just ready to play again.” DeAngelo said.

NHL Central Scouting ranked DeAngelo #14 among North American skaters, four spots down from where he had been in the mid-term rankings. He is projected to be a late first or early second round pick.

Time will tell if his transgressions have hurt his draft stock, but one thing is certain about Anthony DeAngelo: he will be described as “enigmatic” by many a TV analyst.

Quotes:

“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.” -Eliteprospects.com(August 2013)

“Anthony is a skilled offensive defenseman. His puck skills and playmaking ability are excellent. He sees the ice very well and creates offensive scoring chances with great passes. He has a very good shot and gets it on net. DeAngelo likes to jump up into the rush and makes good decisions with the puck.” -NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards

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