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There’s a simple term to use when describing defenseman Justin Sefton
: a load.
San Jose’s third round (89th overall) pick in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 215 pounds. With Sudbury in the Ontario Hockey League last year, he played in 66 games and had 124 penalty minutes (he also had five goals and 11 points, too).
So when comparing his game to current NHLers, Sefton’s choice is obvious.
“I like to pattern my game after guys like (Dion) Phaneuf (of Toronto) and (Philadelphia’s Chris) Pronger,” the 18-year-old from Thunder Bay, Ontario said. “Big guys no one wants to go against.”
“I’m a big physical guy,” Sefton said. “I like to move the puck quick with good hard passes. I’m working on my speed to get my game quicker.”
“He plays quite a bit of minutes against the top lines,” Director of Scouting Tim Burke said. “I like the progress he made during the year. When they (Sudbury) got to the playoffs, he kept improving.”
Sefton also said he prides himself on his defensive coverage and focuses on getting pucks up ice to his forwards. And he’ll continue to work on his game this year at Sudbury.
“I’m going to work on getting better every day and hopefully being able to put on a Sharks sweater one day in a game situation,” he said.