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.
2012-13: Devane split his first pro season between the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate in Toronto and the ECHL’s San Francisco Bulls. He saw limited ice time as a 20-year-old, playing mostly an enforcer, energy-type role for the two teams. He played 22 AHL games with the Marlies and scored 2 goals with 3 assists; finishing with an even plus/minus and 41 penalty minutes.Toronto finished first in the North Division and reached the second round in the AHL playoffs. Devane did not play in any playoff games. He scored 1 goal and was -5 with 45 penalty minutes in 12 ECHL games with the Bulls.
2013-14: Devane opened the season with the Maple Leafs — making his NHL debut and appearing in two games before being assigned to Toronto’s AHL affiliate for the rest of the year. He had no points nor penalty minutes and was -1 in 12 minutes of NHL action. Devane appeared in 55 regular season games for the Marlies, racking up 146 penalty minutes and finishing with an even plus/minus while scoring 4 goals with 4 assists. Toronto finished first in the North Division and reached the Western Conference finals — falling to Texas in a seven-game series. Devane appeared in two playoff games and had no points with 2 penalty minutes.
Devane plays a physical game and loves to initiate contact and protect his teammates without hesitation. His skating and offensive game has made strides over the years, making him more confident when controlling the puck, but he is unlikely to ever contribute high offensive numbers. He’s capable of playing center or the wing and can be used in defensive assignments but primarily has been an enforcer in his pro career to this point.
Devane attended training camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs before being assigned to the AHL's Marlies to start the 2014-15 season. Now in his third pro season third pro season Devane was selected in the third round in the 2009 with the expectations that there could be more to his game than merely a junior hockey enforcer. That does not appear to be the case..