Chase Balisy
Image: Western Michigan

Chase Balisy

Hometown:

Fullerton California

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-02-02

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

6th round (170th overall), 2011

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Chase Balisy played for the U.S. NTDP U-18 squad that competed in the NAHL.  In 42 games, he scored 8 goals and added 14 assists for 22 points.

2009-10: Balisy played for the U.S. NTDP U-18 squad that played in the USHL.  In 28 games, he scored 5 goals and picked up 6 assists for 11 points.

2010-11: Balisy skated in 42 games for Western Michigan and was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team after scoring 12 goals with 18 assists. The Broncos were one of the big turnaround stories in college hockey – finishing fourth in the CCHA, reaching the CCHA championship game, and earning an NCAA tournament berth for the first time since 1995-96. Balisy was +4 with 12 PMs.

2011-12: Balisy was the leading scorer for Western Michigan as a sophomore. He scored 13 goals with 24 assists and was plus-eight with 35 penalty minutes in 41 games. Former NHL coach Andy Murray took over for Jeff Blashill in Kalamazoo after the latter joined the Red Wings’ organization but the Broncos did not miss a beat; finishing third in the CCHA regular season and winning the league’s playoff title. Western Michigan lost to North Dakota in the NCAA West Regional semifinals.

2012-13: Balisy played 38 games for Western Michigan in his junior season. Playing in a variety of roles and with various linemates, he did not match the 37 points he put up as a sophomore but was the Broncos’ second-leading scorer. Balisy scored 11 goals with 14 assists and was an even plus/minus with 12 penalty minutes. Six of his 11 goals came on the Western Michigan power play. The Broncos finished third in the CCHA but were swept by eighth-place Michigan in the conference tournament quarterfinals and did not receive an NCAA tournament at-large bid.

2013-14: Balisy matched the career-high numbers of his sophomore season in his final season at Western Michigan — scoring 13 goals with 24 assists in 40 games — and was a career-best +16 with 14 penalty minutes as a senior captain. Western Michigan finished tied with Minnesota-Duluth for fourth place in the inaugural season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The Broncos reached the semifinals of the NCHC tournament but did not receive an NCAA tournament bid after falling to North Dakota in the conference’s third-place game.

 

Talent Analysis

Balisy is an intelligent, playmaking center who can control the tempo of the game and make other players around him better. He is a skilled stickhandler and passer and follows plays well. His production in terms of his offensive numbers leveled off during his college career but he was a team captain as a senior and was named to the All-NCHC second team in his final season. He battles all over the ice and can play in all situations.

Future

Balisy was drafted by the Predators in 2011 following his freshman season at Western Michigan but was not signed to an entry-level contract by Nashville. He was signed to an AHL contract by Winnipeg affiliate St. John's and is skating with the IceCaps in 2014-15.

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