Matt Delahey
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Matt Delahey

Hometown:

Moose Jaw Saskatchewan

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1989-09-25

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

4th round (112th overall), 2008

Weight:

215 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: On a Pats team that was decimated by injuries, Delahey saw his ice time and responsibility increase substantially and as a result, his confidence grew in leaps and bounds. In his second full season with Regina, Delahey scored three goals and 16 assists to go along with a respectable +7 rating and 68 PIM’s.  However, it was a disappointing playoff for Delahey and the Pats, as they were dispatched by the underdog Moose Jaw Warriors in the first round. Delahey, like many of his teammates, struggled as evidenced by his -9 rating in six games. He was then selected in the 2007-08 NHL draft by the Devils in the fourth round.

2008-09: It was a solid and productive seaon for Delahey, despite the fact Regina missed the playoffs. A mid-season shoulder injury shelved him for about six weeks, and the injury was a big hit to the Pats defense corps where Delahey played major minutes and emerged as one of the top blueliners on the team. Before and after the injury though, his numbers improved significantly from last season. In 56 games, Delahey tallied six goals and 22 assists, to go along with 93 PIM’s, and a respectable -3 rating on a Regina team that struggled most of the year. At the commencement of the season, he was named the Pats defenseman of the year.

Talent Analysis
Delahey is a well-rounded, meat and potatoes type of defenseman. He's not flashy or spectacular, but he gets the job done. He gets caught out of position occasionally, but plays a relatively sound defensive game in his own end. Delahey skates well for a big guy, and is not afraid to play an aggressive, physical brand of hockey. His offensive skills are somewhat limited, but he has shown gradual improvement in that area.  
Future

At this stage in his development, Delahey appears to be a jack of all trades type of defender. He excels playing a physical brand of hockey, is a sound and steady defender and has those intangible qualities like leadership that you just can't teach. As he continues to mature offensively and fill out his 6'1, 215 lb frame, Delahey should start to climb up the Devils prospect ladder fairly quickly. He has tremendous upside and could easily emerge as one of the top defenders in the WHL next season.

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