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DeMelo Keeps It Simple

by Mike Ulmer / Toronto Maple Leafs

Name: Dylan DeMelo
Team: Mississauga St. Michael's Majors
Hometown: London, Ontario
Position: Defence
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 193 lbs
2010-2011: 67 games, 3 goals, 24 assists, 70 PIMs
Final Central Scouting Ranking for N.A. Skaters: 121st

Dylan DeMelo believes in minimalism lies the way to the NHL.

DeMelo has but three goals in 87 OHL games although his 24 assists in 67 contests this year reveal offensive leanings.

“I just try to keep my game simple,” he said. “I tend to get in trouble when I do too much.  I just find when you keep your game simple and things are going well you can chip in once in a while and get a little risky. You start with simple and work up from there.”

Defencemen remember errors like artists remember smudges and DeMelo is no different. He can instantly recall his worst mistake.

“In minor hockey I ended up putting the puck in my own net. It was at a tournament in London which is where I am from. I was trying to clear the puck and it went off my toe. Top shelf. It was a pretty good snipe actually.

“It was a freak accident. I was disappointed but the guys were great. It’s part of the game.”

The incident reminded DeMelo that no matter how well he prepared sometimes bad things happen. All the more reason, then, to approach each moment carefully.

“I find if you just stay with your game and do what you do best, that’s when it works.
I get the puck up to the forwards, make a good first pass, make a rush once in a while. Block shots, get sticks in the passing lane.”

DeMelo thinks that will be enough.

“It would be an honour to get drafted but there’s a lot of situations where a player doesn’t get drafted and still gets a chance. There is more than one way into the NHL.”

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