James de Haas
Image: Clarkson

James de Haas


Toronto Ontario

Currently Playing In:






Eligible for draft:









6th round (170th overall), 2012


205 lbs.

<<<<<<< Updated upstream

2009-10: James de Haas played for the Mississauga Braves Minor Midget team. The Braves  captured the GTHL’s Kraft Cup as the regular season’s best team and won the West Division playoff title. The Braves lost just one game all season, finishing 31-1-4 in the regular season and going 10-0-1 in the West Division playoffs.

2010-11: De Haas skated in 70 games for the Toronto Marlboros midget AAA team in the Greater Toronto Hockey League. He scored 12 goals with 18 assists and had 40 penalty minutes.

2011-12: De Haas played for the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots in the Ontario Junior A Hockey League .He was invited to the selection camp for the Canada East squad in the 2011 World Junior A Challenge but did not play in the tournament and committed to playing college hockey at Clarkson in 2013-14.  In 45 games for Toronto Lakeshore he scored 10 goals with 19 assists and had 32 penalty minutes. The Patriots finished third in the South-East Conference’s South Division and reached the conference finals in the playoffs. In 21 playoff games De Haas scored 5 goals with 7 assists and had 10 penalty minutes. De Haas was selected in the 14th round (270th overall) of the 2012 OHL Priority Draft. Not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft, he was selected by Detroit in the sixth round (170th overall).

2012-13: De Haas headed west to play for Pentiction in the BCHL and played for Canada West in the 2012 World Junior A Challenge. The second-leading scorer amongst defensemen for the Vees, he scored 5 goals with 19 assists in 53 games and had 19 penalty minutes. Penticton finished first in the Interior Division and reached the BCHL finals against Surrey. De Haas scored 3 goals with 6 assists and 8 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games. In four games at the WJAC he had 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes. Canada West captured the silver medal at the tournament; falling 6-3 to the USA in the gold medal game.

2013-14: De Haas skated in 38 of 42 games for Clarkson as a freshman. He scored 6 goals with 7 assists and was -12 with 18 penalty minutes. Clarkson finished tied with Yale for fifth-place in ECAC Hockey; sweeping Princeton in a first round series before losing 1-0 in overtime in the decisive third game of their quarterfinal series against Cornell.

2014-15: De Haas was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for Clarkson, seeing top pairing minutes for the Golden Knights as a sophomore. He scored 6 goals with 9 assists and was -3 with 18 penalty minutes in 36 games. Clarkson finished eighth in ECAC Hockey and was eliminated in the ECAC tournament first round, falling to RPI, 3-1, in the decisive third game of their best-of-three series.

2015-16: De Haas skated in all 38 games for Clarkson University in his junior season, the only Golden Knights player to do so. Frequently paired with Flyers’ prospect Terrance Amorosa late in the season, he scored 5 goals with 12 assists and was -1 with 26 penalty minutes. Clarkson finished tied with RPI for fifth in ECAC Hockey, sweeping Princeton in a preliminary series before falling to neighboring rival St. Lawrence in the quarterfinals. All four of the Golden Knights’ ECAC games went to overtime. 

Talent Analysis

De Haas is a smooth skater and passer who continues to develop his defensive zone play. He is a big player and logs lots of minutes for Clarkson.


De Haas was once again a team leader for Clarkson University in 2015-16, seeing key minutes on the blueline as a junior. Somewhat out of the spotlight playing for the Golden Knights, de Haas projects as a solid two-way defender though he may need some time at the minor pro level after graduating.

2014-15 ECAC Preview, Part 1: Union begins defense of national title

by DJ Powers
Connor Clifton - Quinnipiac University

Photo: Quinnipiac University defenseman and Arizona Coyotes prospect Connor Clifton will be a part of a younger Bobcats’ squad that is coming off of two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (courtesy of David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)


This season, the non-Ivy League members of the ECAC feature a combined 12 NHL prospects representing five of the six schools. St. Lawrence is the only non-Ivy League team without a prospect on its roster. Clarkson leads the group with four prospects, followed by Quinnipiac and RPI with three apiece. Read more»

Detroit Red Wings have few prospects in NCAA and overseas

by Adam Schnepp

Ben Marshall - Minnesota Golden Gophers

Photo: Minnesota defenseman Ben Marshall was part of a deep and talented blue line corps for the Gophers in 2013-14. Minnesota will kick off their NCAA tournament against Robert Morris on Saturday (courtesy of Brad Rempel/Icon SMI)

It may seem like the Detroit Red Wings have an unlimited stockpile of prospects with the way they have been calling up NHL-ready players as injury replacements, but the one area of their pool of prospects that is the thinnest is those playing in Europe or the NCAA.

Read more»

Organizational depth at professional level the strength of Detroit Red Wings system

by Adam Schnepp

Calle Jarnkrok - Detroit Red Wings

Photo: Calle Jarnkrok, playing in his first AHL season out of Sweden, joined a deep and talented pool of forwards developing with Detroit’s AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

It has been a gradual change, but most things associated with the Detroit Red Wings work that way. In a salary-cap constrained hockey landscape, Detroit can no longer simply outspend other franchises; Detroit knew this eight seasons ago and began to stockpile talent through the NHL Draft.

Read more»

2013-14 ECAC season preview, part 1

by DJ Powers
Kellen Jones - Quinnipiac University

Photo: Quinnipiac University forward and Edmonton Oilers prospect Kellen Jones will be one of the main cogs in the Bobcats’ offensive attack in 2013-14 (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)


The ECAC is one of two NCAA conferences that remain intact this season. And there are no changes to the membership in the foreseeable future.

In the first of two parts, Hockey’s Future takes a closer look at the six non-Ivy League programs in the ECAC that will feature 11 NHL prospects spread among five of the teams. Quinnipiac leads all non-Ivies with five, followed by Clarkson with three. St. Lawrence is the only non-Ivy league program without an NHL prospect on their roster this season.

Read more»

Deep, balanced group of Detroit Red Wings prospects playing at junior level

by Adam Schnepp
Jake Paterson - Saginaw Spirit

Photo: Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson was one of three Detroit Red Wings junior prospects invited to the upcoming Team Canada selection camp for the WJC. (courtesy of Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

The Detroit Red Wings have a great deal of prospect depth in their organization, but the vast majority of that depth is currently at the professional level. While many of Detroit’s top tier prospects are playing for either the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins or the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, there are still many prospects plying their trade at the junior level.

Read more»