Canadiens 2014 Draft Targets: Anthony DeAngelo

Claus Andersen

A strong puck moving defencemen from the OHL with dynamic skating and offensive prowess to match, should the Canadiens take a chance on Anthony DeAngelo?

While not the largest defencemen at 5'11" or the heaviest at 168 lbs DeAngelo is likely the best pure offensive threat from the blueline in the 2014 NHL draft.

Since joining the Sarnia Sting of the OHL DeAngelo has increased his point total by leaps and bounds every single year. Despite playing in only 51 OHL games in his draft year DeAngelo still managed to lead all OHL defencemen in scoring while playing on a Sarnia squad that won only 13 games all season.

The Sewel, NJ native has little issue putting the puck in the net or creating scoring chances for his teammates with his puck moving ability. His stick handling ability is also noted as being exceptional especially for a defencemen and DeAngelo uses this ability to create his own chances on the fly.


Although not the biggest guy out on the ice he has no problem getting his hands dirty every single game and will get in his opponents face to throw them off their game.

He also has little problem dropping the gloves to stick up for himself or for his teammates to add into his high level of competitiveness.

While DeAngelo is a fantastic offensive presence on the ice every single night there are several character concerns surrounding the American born blueliner. This past February he was suspended by his coach for 8 games for directing a slur at one of his Sarnia teammates.

Scouts also note that he is easily taken off his game by opposition and is prone to melting down in game. Some scouts have also remarked that DeAngelo appears to have some maturity issues that include placing the blame on his teammates for losses, displaying poor body language and arrogance during games.

Scouting:

Future Considerations:

"DeAngelo is the prototypical puck-moving, elite offensive defenseman. The strongest area of his game has to be his skating ability as he’s one of the best skaters not only of this draft class,but also in the entire CHL. He has incredible edge work that makes his transitioning nearly flawless."

McKeen's Hockey:

"Led the OHL in defenseman scoring despite only playing 51 games(51-15-56-71) a highly-skilled, offensive-minded player who has exceptional game-reading ability. Extremely quick and agile with the puck - he can slow down the pace of a game .. a masterful puck carrier who can easily rush the puck up ice or make a stellar first pass.. explodes up the ice as a one man human break-out ..."


Rankings:

Future Considerations: 29

Hockey Prospect:  34

McKeen's Hockey: 42

Craig Button: 15

International Scouting Services: 27

Average Ranking: 30

Thoughts:

DeAngleo is clearly a dynamic presence on the blueline and would be a great prospect to add to the Canadiens defensive prospect pool. While not making a direct correlation we've seen players in a similar mold such as Nathan Beaulieu and P.K. Subban thrive in the Canadiens system while playing an offensive oriented game.

Truth be told, the apparent character flaws with DeAngelo will probably scare the Canadiens away from him, as under Marc Bergevin we have seen the Canadiens avoid players lacking in "character".

However the chance to add such a fantastic puck mover may be more than enough to overlook these flaws for the time being.

You can always teach a young player some humility but you cannot always teach inherent skills like DeAngelo possesses. If he's available when the Canadiens get to the podium Marc Bergevin may have a tough choice to make, as defencemen of DeAngelo's skill level are few and far between.

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