Demin is in his second season at the University of Denver, where highly-touted Blackhawks defensive prospect Ian Mitchell is finishing his senior season. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound sophomore is a mobile, physical D-man and has 23 points (6G, 17A) in 71 career games with the Pioneers.
"We've spent a lot of time working with Ian over the last few seasons and I think we've got very a good read on (Demin)," SVP/GM Stan Bowman said. "He's a guy that when you go and watch Mitchell play, he always caught my eye. I noticed him even when I wasn't necessarily watching out for him. He's a good-sized guy at 6-foot-2, a smooth skater, he's got a pretty good well-rounded game for a young defenseman and we like the upside there."
EYE ON HIM
For the second time this season, the Blackhawks acquired a 2018 draftee they had an eye on. Early in the year, it was defenseman Alec Regula, acquired from Detroit, and on deadline day, it was Demin.
The 19-year-old was selected by the Golden Knights 21 picks ahead of the Blackhawks' fourth-round selection Philipp Kurashev two drafts ago.
"He's a player we got to know pretty well a couple years ago in his draft year," Bowman said. "We were comfortable with him and now that he's really taken that next step as well - I think he's had a really big jump forward this year - we like his game and we think he's somebody that has potential to be a good NHL player."
A native of Cypress, Calif. - just outside Anaheim - Demin came up through the Anaheim Jr. Ducks organization as a teenager before playing two seasons with the Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) and then heading to Denver.