Derrick Lapoint
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Derrick Lapoint

Hometown:

Eau Claire Wisconsin

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1988-05-13

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

4th round (116th overall), 2006

Weight:

175 lbs.

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History

2005-06: Lapoint was named 2006 Wisconsin High School Player of the Year by the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association. The lanky defenseman led Eau Claire North to the 2006 state tournament and was an all-state first team selection for the second consecutive season. He committed to playing at the University of North Dakota in 2007-08.

2006-07: Lapoint played for the Green Bay Gamblers in the USA. He scored 13 goals with 36 assists and was -13 with 48 PIM in 59 games; scoring seven power play goals. Lapoint was named to the RBK First-Team All-USHL and All-Rookie team with the Green Bay Gamblers.

April 2007 Q&A with Lapoint.

2007-08: Lapoint saw limited ice time as a freshman with the Fighting Sioux. His role was predominantly as a bottom-pairing defender, with occasional special teams opportunities. The puck-moving defender had 2 goals with 5 assists and was +6 with 34 PIM in 31 games a North Dakota team that was second in the WCHA during the regular season and reached the NCAA Frozen Four.

2008-09: Lapoint was a lower pairing defenseman for much of the year in his second season with North Dakota but stepped in ably during Joe Finley’s absence and gained valuable experience. Lapoint scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was -1 with 12 PIM in 32 games for the Fighting Sioux missing time at the end of the year after suffering a season-ending injury in February. North Dakota was the top team in the nation for much of the season and was the regular season WCHA champion before a three-game post season slump to end the year.

2009-10: Lapoint stepped into a leadership role in his junior season on a Fighting Sioux defensemen corps that featured three freshman. He scored 2 goals with 22 points and was +17 with 16 PIM in 43 games with many of his points coming on the power play. After finishing fourth in the regular season, North Dakota won the WCHA tournament and reached the NCAA tournament. LaPoint was named to the WCHA Final Five All-Tournament team.

Talent Analysis

Lapoint was drafted out of Wisconsin High school largely because of his size and skating ability. he is still a work in progress in all phases of the game but has begun to develop into a solid puck moving defenseman. After starting his college career with limited ice time, he has steadily assumed more responsibility for North Dakota and plays in all facets of his game. He is still a work in progress in terms of mobility and defensive play and has added some bulk to his lanky frame. His performance in his senior year at North Dakota will go along way towards determining his future as a prospect.

Future

Lapoint enters his senior season at North Dakota as the team's top defenseman. One of the top puck-moving defensemen in one of the better college hockey conferences, he will likely require some time at the AHL level after he graduates before cracking an NHL lineup. While the defensemen picture is a crowded one for the Panthers at this point, he has the skill level and hockey sense to be a lower pair puck moving defender in the future.