David Shields
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David Shields


Buffalo New York

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6th round (168th overall), 2009


204 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


2008-09: David Shields skated in 61 games in his second season with the Erie Otters, scoring 1 goal, 16 assists for 17 points. He earned 5 PIMs but no points in 5 playoff games.

2009-10: Shields scored 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points in 68 games with Erie, amassing 42 PIMs in the process. He appeared in 4 playoff games with no points and 12 PIMs.

2010-11: Shields was the second-leading scorer amongst defensemen and had a team-high +29 plus/minus despite missing seven games for the Erie Otters in his fourth OHL season. In 61 games he had 6 goals with 21 assists and 48 PMs. Erie reached the playoffs after finishing third in the Midwest Division. In the Otters' seven-game first round series with defending Memorial Cup champion Windsor, Shields scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was -8 with 4 PMs. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with St. Louis in March 2011.

2011-12: Shields began his first pro season with the Blues ECHL affiliate Anchorage before being re-called by AHL Peoria in November. Playing primarily a defense-first game with Peoria, he was minus-4  with 4 assists and had 10 penalty minutes in 48 games. Peoria missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Midwest Division. In 12 games with Anchorage he scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was plus-1 with 2 penalty minutes. Shields returned to the Aces for the ECHL playoffs and was plus-1 with 2 assists in three games.

2012-13: Shields skated in 59 games for St. Louis AHL affiliate Peoria in his second pro season. Playing a stay-at-home role for a defense unit that used 15 players during the season, he had 5 assists and was -9 with 41 penalty minutes. The Rivermen missed the AHL playoffs after finishing last in the Midwest Division.


Talent Analysis

Shields is your typical stay-at-home defenseman. He is not afraid to get physical, but he knows his job is to play tight defense and he has done a solid job of it for the Otters. The strong defenseman showed flashes of offensive insight with a heavy shot. However, it will be beneficial for Shields to stick with what he's good at.



Shields spent time in both the ECHL and AHL last season, and showed that he should be given a shot at the AHL level. However, he needs to improve in all facets of the game to become a full-time starter in 2013-14.


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