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DeAngelo expected to return Saturday for Sarnia

by Mike G. Morreale

Sarnia Sting defenseman Anthony DeAngelo, No. 10 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm list of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, will sit out his third straight game on Friday with a lower-body injury when his team plays against the Guelph Storm at Sleeman Centre in Guelph, Ontario.

DeAngelo informed that the injury, which he sustained in the first period of a 7-0 loss against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on March 7, is "nothing too serious." He expects to be back in the lineup on Saturday in his team's regular-season finale against the Erie Otters.

The offensive-minded defenseman remains the highest-scoring player at his position in the Ontario Hockey League with 70 points (15 goals, 55 assists) in 50 games. In three seasons with the Sting, DeAngelo has 30 goals and 151 points in 180 games.

DeAngelo, born in Sewell, N.J. and a big fan of Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux, is a potential first-round candidate at the NHL draft on June 27 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

"He's a dynamic skating and puck-moving defenseman who initiates rushes and team offense," director of Central Scouting Dan Marr said. "He passes and shoots with authority and has the capability of changing the complexion of a game. He plays a lot of minutes and in all situations."


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