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Lightning Prospect Spotlight: Anthony DeAngelo

by Doug Spencer / Tampa Bay Lightning

It has been a season for the ages for defenseman Anthony DeAngelo. The fourth-year Ontario Hockey League defenseman has been on fire this season and put together his best campaign to date. Before the OHL trade deadline, DeAngelo was traded from the Sarnia Sting to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. With the Sting, he put up gaudy numbers, notching 10 goals and 38 points in just 29 games.

Since joining the Greyhounds, DeAngelo has continued his fine offensive form, chipping in with 12 goals and 47 points in 23 games. Even more impressive is the fact he is on an incredible 22-game point streak that started on January 10. During the span he has recorded 12 goals and 47 points. The only game DeAngelo has not recorded a point in for the Greyhounds was his first game with the team.

The Sewell, N.J., native’s remarkable year has been highlighted by being named the OHL’s Defenseman of the Month for February. During that month, DeAngelo posted five goals and 19 points in just 10 games. He has also been named the Pioneer Energy Player of the Week twice: January 19-25 and more recently February 23-March 1.

The Lightning selected the 5-foot-11, 177-pound defenseman in the first round, 19th overall, at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. DeAngelo is seen as an offensive dynamo with the ability to quarterback the power play. He has tremendous speed and vision on the ice, which allows for him to jump up into the rush and make plays. This speed also allows him to back check and be in good position defensively.

DeAngelo spent the 2013-14 season with the Sarnia Sting where he recorded 15 goals and 71 points in 51 games to lead all OHL defensemen. During the 2012-13 season, he posted nine goals and 58 points in 62 games. His rookie season (2011-12) in the OHL saw him score six goals and 23 points in 68 games. DeAngelo has shown good progress each year offensively, as his current career numbers stand at 52 goals and 237 points in 233 games.

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