Damon Severson
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Damon Severson

Hometown:

Melville Saskatchewan

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1994-08-07

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd round (60th overall), 2012

Weight:

209 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Damon Severson was selected by Kelowna in the ninth round (192nd overall) of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, Severson appeared in five games for the Rockets and appeared in one game for the Junior A Melville Millionaires; playing most of the season with the midget AAA Yorkton Harvest in the SMHL. Severson was minus-four with no points or penalties in his brief time with Kelowna and had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes for the Millionaires. In 44 games for Yorkton he scored 9 goals with 25 assists and had 53 penalty minutes. The Harvest finished seventh in the regular season. In four playoff games Severson had 1 goal (on the power play) and 1 assist with 18 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Severson played 64 games in his first full WHL season with Kelowna and represented Canada Western in the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 4 goals with 13 assists and had 53 penalty minutes. Severson shared the team's third-best plus/minus (plus-11) with teammate Evan Bloodoff. The Rockets finished first in the B.C. Division and reached the second round of the playoffs.  Severson scored 2 goals in 10 playoff games and was plus-one with 13 penalty minutes. In five games at the WHC he had 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Severson skated in 56 games for Kelowna in his second WHL season and represented Canada at the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 7 goals and was second on the rockets with 30 assists; finishing plus-five with 80 penalty minutes. Kelowna slipped to third in the B.C. Division and was swept by WHL Finals-bound Portland in the first round of the playoffs. In four playoff games Severson scored 2 goals and was minus-nine with 2 penalty minutes. Severson had two assists and was one of three players with a team-high plus-seven plus/minus for Canada at the U18 WJC. Canada defeated Finland in the bronze medal game. Severson was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and was ranked 48th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft. Severson signed a three-year entry entry-level contract with New Jersey in September, 2012.

2012-13: Severson made his pro hockey debut as an 18-year-old, skating in two games with New Jersey's AHL affiliate in Albany after concluding his junior season in Kelowna. He had 2 assists and was +2 with the Albany Devils. Severson was the leading scorer among defensemen for the high octane Kelowna Rockets, scoring 10 goals with 42 assists in 71 games, and was +43 with 74 penalty minutes. Kelowna finished first in the B.C. Division and tied Edmonton for the WHL's second-best record behind league champion Portland. The Rockets were swept by Kamloops in a second round playoff series. Severson scored 1 goal with 9 assists and was +2 with 18 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games.

 

Talent Analysis

Severson can play on both ends of the ice, but recently, his offensive game has started to take off. This past season he led all Kelowna blueliners in scoring. He tries to model his game after fellow Rockets alum and current Nashville Predator star Shea Weber. He displays a calm and poised demeanor with the puck, which helps accentuate his top-notch puck-moving skills. He's equally adept at launching an offensive attack with sharp outlet passing as he is rushing the puck up the ice with his good skating ability. He also has a heavy shot that he is not afraid to unleash. Defensively, Severson puts himself in good position to make the right play. His physical game has gotten better, but his breakout passes are an area to improve upon.

 

Future

Following a great year with the Rockets, Severson is looking more and more like a dependable top four defenseman. He possesses the requisite skills and all-around game to flourish in all three zones, as well as contribute on special teams. He’ll return to the Rockets for his final season in Kelowna.
 

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