This week, there has been a lot of buzz, specifically on defenseman Anthony DeAngelo. The Lightning selected DeAngelo in the first round, 19th overall, at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Currently, he plays for the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL).
When asked about his development, Syracuse Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said: “He’s showing his offensive side.” Zettler also put emphasis on his ability to play down low in the offensive zone.
The Sewell, New Jersey, native played for the Sarnia Sting and the Sault. St. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) last season. In 55 games combined, DeAngelo recorded 25 goals and 64 assists during that span.
To cap off his tremendous season, DeAngelo was the recipient of the Max Kaminsky Trophy that is awarded to the 2014-2015 OHL Defenseman of the Year as selected by OHL general managers. His efforts were vital in leading the Greyhounds to the OHL’s West Division Title in addition to being regular season champions.
When asked about DeAngelo’s best quality on the ice, Zettler said it was his ability to keep his head up. “It’s something that you can’t do naturally. He is seeing where his options are and is laying the framework for his next play. That’s a special skill.”
This past week, DeAngelo showed his offensive talent as he scored his first professional goal against the Rochester Americans, which brought the game into overtime. On Wednesday night, DeAngelo scored again for the Crunch as they defeated the Toronto Marlies 3-1. Through six games, DeAngelo has compiled three assists on top of the goals he scored against Rochester and Toronto.
Usually, there is a lot of hype around a player drafted in the first round and DeAngelo is no exception. For now, we will just have to wait and see if he can continue to grow at the professional level.