2008-09: Derek Rodwell completed his second season with the AJHL's Okotoks Oilersimproved his totals across the board, scoring 17 goals,12 assists and 69 PIM's in 41 games. Had he not missed time this season due to injury, his numbers likely would have been even better, as he spent most of the season playing on the Oilers second line. He was chosen by the Devils in the 5th round of the 2009 NHL draft.
2009-10: This would be Rodwell’s last season in the AJHL, tallying 18 goals and 53 points with Okotok. He would also add 9 points in 11 playoff games.
2010-11: Rodwell skated in 39 of 44 games for the University of North Dakota as a freshman. Playing in mostly a lower line checking role for a high-powered Fighting Sioux team that won the WCHA's regular season and playoff titles, Rodwell scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was +2 with 20 PMs. North Dakota reached the Frozen Four semifinals before falling to Michigan, 2-0.
2011-12: Rodwell skated in 19 games for the University of North Dakota as a sophomore — suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in a game against Harvard on December 30th. Playing primarily a defense-first, checking line role for the Fighting Sioux, he had 1 goal with 1 assist and was minus-one with 2 penalty minutes.
Solidly built and still growing into his frame, Rodwell's forte is his strong skating and willingness to get involved physically. He buzzes around the ice with an abundance of energy and can be quite difficult to play against. Those skills also allow for him to be an effective fore-checker. He does possess some offensive skill, albeit it is somewhat limited. He's the type of player that thrives going to the net hard and battling for loose pucks and rebounds.
Rodwell’s long-term upside isn’t through the roof, but he has many suitable qualities that could eventually make him an effective checker in the future. After missing half his sophomore season with a shoulder injury, he’ll look to bounce back and make a name for himself in the organization as a junior at North Dakota.