Stings’ Deangelo wins OHL defenceman of the year
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Anthony Deangelo has won the Max Kaminsky Trophy for OHL defenceman of the year. He won the trophy splitting time between the Sarnia Sting and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds over the course of the season.
The 2014, 19th overall pick, had an unbelievable year offensively, recording 25 goals and 89 points in 55 games. To put in perspective how dominant he was, Deangelo led the OHL in defensive scoring by a whopping 18 points. This is an extremely impressive feat, as the second highest scoring d-man, Chris Bigras of the Owen Sound Attack, played seven more games than Deangelo. Had Deangelo played all 68 games, he would have been on pace for 110 points. He also finished 13th in overall scoring.
Playoff scoring went a little differently for the Sewell, New Jersey native. He had a (still impressive) 16 points in 13 games – but they were all assists. He failed to score a goal in the entire OHL playoffs.
As for next year, it’s unknown where he will play. Deangelo could use some more maturing, but it does feel like he is far too elite to play in the CHL any longer. So, you could see him on the Norfolk Admirals next season, which may be good for his character.
Deangelo has been known for attitude problems, being suspended three times last season for hitting with words, not with his body. But, it looks like this leopard may have changed his spots. He has no suspensions since February of 2014.
So, this ultra offensively skilled defender has now won OHL defenceman of the year. It looks like he could be a deadly weapon on an already powerhouse Tampa Bay offensive threat.