Anthony DeAngelo
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Anthony DeAngelo

Hometown:

Sewell New Jersey

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-10-24

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

1st round (19th overall), 2014

Weight:

167 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Anthony DeAngelo became the youngest player to skate in the USHL when he made his debut with Cedar Rapids as a 14-year-old — skating in three games before his 15th birthday. Signed by the RoughRiders after competing in the 2010 Liberty Bell Games, he appeared in 28 games with Cedar Rapids before breaking his kneecap in a January game. He scored 1 goal with 14 assists and was +4 with 19 penalty minutes. DeAngelo originally committed to playing college hockey at Boston University but in May 2011 announced he would play for the OHL’s Sarnia Sting in 2011-12.

2011-12: Making a successful recovery from his knee injury, DeAngelo participated in USA Hockey’s Select 16 Player Development Camp before skating in his first OHL season with Sarnia. One of two players to play all 68 regular season games for the Sting, he scored 6 goals with 17 assists and was -6 with 46 penalty minutes. Sarnia finished second in the West Division and lost to Saginaw in a first round series. DeAngelo had an even plus/minus and scored 1 goal with 2 penalty minutes in six playoff games.

2012-13: DeAngelo played for the USA U18 team in the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before returning to Sarnia for his second OHL season. He scored 9 goals with 49 assists in 62 regular season games and was -13 with 60 penalty minutes. Sarnia was swept by Plymouth in a first round series after finishing third in the West Division. DeAngelo scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -5 with 8 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for the USA at the Ivan Hlinka tournament with 6 assists in four games and was +1 with 26 penalty minutes. The USA finished seventh.

2013-14: DeAngelo was invited to USA Hockey’s U20 evaluation camp in Lake Placid before returning to Sarnia for his third season with the Sting. He skated in 51 regular season games for the Sting, missing eight games due to a suspension for violating the league’s abuse/diversity policy, and was Sarnia’s second-leading scorer behind forward Nikolay Goldobin. DeAngelo scored 15 goals with 56 assists and was -34 with 90 penalty minutes. Sarnia finished last in the West Division, winning just 17 games. DeAngelo was in the final camp for the USA U20 team in December but cut before the team left for Sweden. He played in the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in September and was named to Team Cherry for the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. DeAngelo was ranked 14th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Tampa Bay in the first round (19th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: DeAngelo impressed in his first NHL training camp before returning to Sarnia for his fourth OHL season and skated for the USA U20 team in the 2015 World Junior Championship. He scored 10 goals with 28 assists and was +1 with 64 penalty minutes in 29 games with the Sting before joining the USA and was traded to Sault Ste. Marie at the OHL trade deadline in January. DeAngelo scored 15 goals with 36 assists and was +33 with 51 penalty minutes in 26 games for the first-place Greyhounds. Sault Ste. Marie finished first in the West Division and reached the Western Conference finals against Erie. DeAngelo had 16 assists and was +12 with 18 penalty minutes in 13 playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Tampa Bay in December 2014.

Talent Analysis

DeAngelo is a high skill skating defenseman who plays with an edge to his game. His discipline and defensive positional play have been causes for concern at times but he should become more consistent as he gains maturity and experience.

Future

DeAngelo, after playing for one of the dominant teams in junior hockey in 2014-15, could challenge for a spot with the Lightning as soon as this fall. Long-term some scouts feel he has the potential to be an all-star one day and his game has drawn comparisons to that of former Tampa Bay defenseman Dan Boyle. He may need some seasoning at the minor league level before he is NHL-ready.

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