Jason Dickinson
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Jason Dickinson

Hometown:

Georgetown Ontario

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-07-04

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

1st round (29th overall), 2013

Weight:

176 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Jason Dickinson skated for the Halton Hurricanes midget AAA team, scoring 45 goals with 34 assists in 59 games. He was selected by Guelph in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2011 OHL Priority Draft.

2011-12: Dickinson skated in 63 games for Guelph in his first OHL season. He made steady progress through the season, finishing with 13 goals and 22 assists and was minus-15 with 24 penalty minutes. The Storm reached the playoffs after finishing fourth in the Midwest Division. Dickinson scored 3 goals with 2 assists in the six-game playoff series with Plymouth (one point behind Guelph’s leading scorer Francis Menard) and was named to the OHL Second All-Rookie Team.

2012-13: Dickinson played in 66 of 68 games for Guelph in his second season. An assistant captain for the Storm, he scored 18 goals with 29 assists and was plus-11 with 69 penalty minutes. Guelph reached the playoffs after finishing fourth in the Midwest Division. Dickinson scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was an even plus/minus in the five game playoff series with Kitchener. Dickinson also played for the  gold medal-winning Team Canada at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship. In three games for Canada, he picked up 1 assist and posted a +3 rating. He was ranked 30th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.

 2013-14: Dickinson attended NHL camp with the Stars before returning to Guelph for his third season with the Storm. Playing almost exclusively at center, he was the fifth-leading scorer on a dominant squad that reached the Memorial Cup championship game. He scored 26 goals with 52 assists and was +42 with 42 penalty minutes in 68 games. The Storm edged Midwest Division rival Erie by two points to finish with the OHL’s top regular season mark and then defeated the Otters in the Western Conference finals before topping North Bay in the OHL finals. Dickinson scored 8 goals with 16 assists and was +20 with 6 penalty minutes in 20 playoff games. Guelph won its first three games in the Memorial Cup before falling to Edmonton, 6-3, in the championship game. Dickinson scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was +4 with 2 penalty minutes in four Memorial Cup games. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Dallas in May 2014. 

Talent Analysis

Dickinson is a skilled two-way forward with a really projectable frame. He looks bigger on the ice than his vitals suggest though he isn't all that combative. He has soft hands and a knack for puck protection with his long reach. Dickinson has a good, quick shot and is a very good skater. He has a good first step and can slam on the brakes with ease. He's a reliable backchecker and does not desert on his defensive duties. Dickinson is still a bit of a perimeter player and only shows flashes of ruggedness. His physical strength will come with time as he fills out that frame. He could be a special player if he develops his mental strength in synergy with his size and skill to help him fulfill his ultimate potential

Future

Dickinson gave the Stars a glimpse of the future, participating in the 2014 Traverse City rookie tournament and attending training camp before being returned to Guelph for the 2014-15 season. Now in his fourth season with the defending OHL champions, he continues to put up points while playing a sound two-way game. The Storm has not dominated the way it did a year ago, giving up as many goals as it is scoring, but could again contend for a league title. One of the top forward prospects in the Stars' system, Dickinson is capable of playing center or wing and brings speed and vision that could make him a big part of the Dallas lineup for a long time. He projects as a second line winger, like a less talented version of Jeff Carter.

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