2005-06: Early in the year, deGray was listed as ranked 11th overall by ISS but his lack of offense has toned down his ranking. Nevertheless with his tools, he could surprise a lot of people. He is almost impossible to go around with his huge reach and superior positioning. He played in the Canada – Russia CHL challenge and also played for Team Canada at the Under-17s.
Read HF’s interview with John deGray.
2008-09: Played in 62 games for the Iowa Chops where he posted 2 goals, 5 assists, and 67 PIM.
2009-10: Split the season between the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL and Rochester Americans of the AHL. In the ECHL he posted 5 goals and six assists in 29 games while in the AHL he posted 1 goal and 5 assists in 41 games.
A defensive stalwart, deGray’s size and airtight coverage are what team’s look for in stay-at-home blueliners. Though mammoth in size, he doesn’t use it to his advantage as often as one would hope. Instead he relies on a combination of his long reach and strong positioning to poke the puck away and tie up attacking forwards. He will only be more effective if he was a bit quicker on his feet, but his overall potential is limited by his lack of offensive abilities.