Dylan DeMelo
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Dylan DeMelo


London Ontario

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6th round (179th overall), 2011


205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


2008-09: Dylan Demelo played 74 games for the London Junior Knights midget minor team in Ontario. He scored 11 goals with 34 assists and had 46 PMs. He was selected by Mississauga St. Michael’s in the 2nd round (34th overall) of the 2009 OHL Priority Draft.

2009-10: Demelo skated in 20 games for Mississauga St. Michael’s in the OHL – spending most of the season with the Junior A Mississauga Chargers. He had 1 assist and was +3 with 12 PMs in limited ice time with the Majors. In 36 games for the Chargers he scored 9 goals with 20 assists and had 24 PMs.

2010-11: Demelo played in 67 of 68 games as Mississauga St. Michael’s dominated the regular season in the OHL – winning 53 games. Demelo was +31 and scored 3 goals with 24 assists and 70 PMs. The Majors faced Owen Sound in an epic OHL final series, won by Owen Sound in overtime of the seventh game. Demelo was +10 in the playoffs with 1 goal, 4 assists and 15 PMs in 20 games. The Majors hosted the Memorial Cup and in five games during the tournament Demelo was scoreless with 4 PMs. Ranked 121st amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, he was selected by San Jose in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: DeMelo made his pro hockey debut — play four games for the AHL’s  Worcester Sharks to end his year following his second OHL season. He was a solid +3 with 1 assist in four AHL games.  DeMelo improved on his offensive numbers during his junior season on a much weaker Mississauga team while playing on both specialty units and big shutdown minutes. The defender scored 7 goals (four on the power play and one shorthanded) along with 40 assists and was +9 with  70 penalty minutes in 67 games. DeMelo and the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors lost a very tight, physical first-round OHL Playoff series 4-2 against the Barrie Colts. He scored 1 power play goal with 1 assist and a was -3 with 13 penalty minutes (one fighting major) in the series. The Sharks signed DeMelo to a three-year  entry-level contract in April 2012.

2012-13: DeMelo skated in 10 AHL games; joining the Worcester Sharks in April for the second straight season after playing in the OHL. He had 4 assists and was -1 with 6 penalty minutes. Worcester missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division. DeMelo was the third-leading scorer for the re-christened Missisauga Steelheads, scoring 15 goals with 35 assists in 64 games while finishing -9 with 68 penalty minutes. The Steelheads reached the playoffs despite finishing under .500 and last in the Central Division. DeMelo scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -5 with 6 penalty minutes in the six-game series with Belleville.

2013-14: DeMelo played for San Jose AHL affiliate Worcester in his first pro season, leading all Sharks skaters with 22 assists. He scored 2 goals and was -17 with 51 penalty minutes in 68 games. Worcester missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division. 

2014-15: DeMelo returned to the AHL’s Worcester Sharks for his second pro season. In 65 regular season games he scored 5 goals with 17 assists and was -7 with 32 penalty minutes. The Sharks finished third in the Atlantic Division, falling to Hershey in a first-round playoff series. DeMelo scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -3 with 6 penalty minutes in four playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Demelo is a big strong puck-moving defenseman who likes to jump into the play and shoot his big booming shot on the fly. He can play in all situations and thrives in offensive situations because of his shot and hockey sense. He is not afraid of playing a simple unmemorable game if that is what it takes to win. DeMelo has shown steady improvement as he has added strength and refined his technical skills in his first two pro seasons.


DeMelo heads into training camp looking to crack the Sharks' defense corps after spending two full seasons with AHL affiliate Worcester. While his game is not as attention-grabbing as some of the other prospects vying for the lower pairing spots in San Jose, he is a quintessential defenseman who will rarely do anything that really hurts the team. He could start the 2015-16 season with San Jose's new affiliate (the Barracuda will play their games in the same arena as the Sharks), but could be one of the first players recalled if the situation warrants.

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