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Draft Pick Profile: Cameron Dineen

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Coyotes added five prospects to the mix at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, N.Y. Follow along as profiles all five draft picks.

Cameron Dineen. Photo by Getty Images.


Age: 18
Height/Weight: 5-11/183
Position: Defenseman
Hometown: Toms River, NJ
Round: 3 (68th overall)
2015-16 team: North Bay (OHL)

The Skinny:

Dineen earned Ontario Hockey League First All-Rookie Team honors in 2015-16 and was a finalist for both the Rookie of the Year and Defenseman of the Year awards after collecting 13-46—59 in 68 games with the Brampton Battalion.

The Stats:

• Dineen finished second among all OHL rookies in assists and points, trailing only No. 3-ranked North American skater Alexander Nylander (28-47—75).

• The first-year defenseman also placed second in assists and points among OHL blueliners, behind Calgary Flames prospect Rasmus Andersson (selected 53rd overall in 2015). 

The Quotes:

Cameron Dineen. Photo by Getty Images.

"It’s definitely a special feeling (to get drafted) and probably the best moment of my life so far." -- Cameron Dineen

"I’ve always been an offense-first defenseman. I really like to move the puck up to the forwards and join the play and create as much offense as I can. I like to be a playmaker and use my vision to make plays." -- Cameron Dineen

"I need to work on some skating - quickness and explosiveness. I think that’s the main weakness of my game, but that’s something that’s definitely able to be worked on so I’m going to really go at it this summer." -- Cameron Dineen

"He’s kind of like today’s defenseman. He’s not a big guy, but he’s a really, really smart hockey player. We really like his hockey sense and calmness out there, and his ability to move the puck up from the back end." -- Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt

The Fun Facts:

• Dineen's defensive partner with North Bay last season was Kyle Wood, also a prospect within the Coyotes organization.

• Dineen also is an excellent baseball player and the pro athlete he most admires is former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

• Dineen's father is named Kevin Dineen, but he's not the Kevin Dineen of NHL fame.

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