NHL Central Scouting's Blair MacDonald
"Derek was one of those players who was under the radar the whole season. A lot of teams were going to go see another player on his team, and I kept reminding guys to watch him too. He had a slow first half, but in the second half he got a lot more ice time and he made the most of it. He played on
Langley Chiefs head coach and GM Harvey Smyl
"Derek has really been a surprise for us in the sense that we knew he was a great player, but for him to come on the way he has in his first year in the BCHL has been outstanding and a testament to his hard work. For a big guy, he's got great hands and surprisingly good speed, too. He won't shy away from the physical side of things and has a great scorer's touch."