PHILADELPHIA – The Tampa Bay Lightning selected defenseman Anthony DeAngelo in the first round, 19th overall, at the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia this evening, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Tampa Bay also traded the 28th overall selection to the New York Islanders in exchange for the 35th and 57th overall picks on Saturday.
DeAngelo, 18, skated in 51 games with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, posting 15 goals and 71 points to go along with 90 penalty minutes. He led all OHL defensemen for points and assists (56) last season. The 5-foot-11, 167-pound defenseman registered six of his 15 goals while on the power-play. DeAngelo set career highs for goals, assists, points and penalty minutes during the 2013-14 season. He also led all OHL defensemen for assists in 2012-13 with 49.
The Sewell, New Jersey native has skated in 181 career OHL games, all with the Sting over three seasons, recording 30 goals and 152 points to go along with 196 penalty minutes. DeAngelo has also appeared in 10 career OHL playoff games, collecting two goals and four points.
News and Notes on DeAngelo from NHL.com
- An offensive defenseman, DeAngelo led all Ontario Hockey League blueliners in assists (56) and points (71) during the 2013-14 season. It marked the second straight campaign he led OHL defensemen in assists after registering 49 in 2012-13.
- The 2014 NHL Draft took at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, about a 25-minute drive from where DeAngelo grew up in Sewell, New Jersey. A life-long Flyers fan, DeAngelo’s favorite player is Claude Giroux.
- DeAngelo has a close relationship with former Flyers defenseman, and current Sarnia assistant coach, Andy Delmore, who he credits with helping him become a more complete defenseman.
- He represented the U.S. at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, picking up six assists (0-6—6) in four games for the second-place squad.
- DeAngelo became the youngest player to skate in the United States Hockey League when he made his debut with Cedar Rapids as a 14-year-old, skating in three games before his 15th birthday. He finished the season with 1-14—15 in 28 games.