A surprise selection in the third round of the 2009 draft, Jamie Devane is a fierce OHL heavy-weight. With teams looking to get their hands on the next Milan Lucic, the Maple Leafs gambled on the 6’5 behemoth.
He is also a fairly disciplined player. Outside of his 14 (recorded) fighting majors he only amassed 22 penalty minutes. His point totals leave something to be desired with only 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists) in 64 games as a rookie for Plymouth.
2009-10: This time appearing in 51 games, many in Leafs management hoped Devane would take his power forward game to the next level. Devane would be unable to, only scoring 6 goals and 8 assists to add to his 84 penalty minutes, before appearing in two games with the Toronto Marlies.
2010-11: Devane led the OHL's Plymouth Whalers in penalty minutes (131) and displayed some offensive potential in the second half of the season. In 63 games with the Whalers he scored 19 goals with 19 assists and was +6. Devane scored 7 of his 19 goals on the power play and also struck twice short-handed. In ten playoff games he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -4 with 19 PMs.
2011-12: Devane returned to the OHL for an overage season as a 20-year-old and had a career-high 45 points in 59 games for the Plymouth Whalers while topping the century mark in penalty minutes for the second straight season. He scored 23 goals with 22 assists and was plus-15 with 104 penalty minutes. Plymouth finished first in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Devane scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was minus-two with 19 penalty minutes in 13 playoff games.
He loves to initiate contact and protects his teammates without hesitation. One of the top enforcers in the OHL, Devane plays his role exceptionally well. His skating and offensive game has made big strides over the last year, and in turn has made him more confident when controlling the puck. Unlikely to ever contribute high offensive numbers, he may prove to be more than just an enforcer. He’s capable of playing center or the wing.
Devane began the 2012-13 season with the San Feancisco Bulls of the ECHL.
Projection: Bottom-six checking forward with enforcer tendencies.