Nolan De Jong
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Nolan De Jong

Hometown:

Victoria British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1995-04-25

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

7th round (197th overall), 2013

Weight:

165 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Nolan De Jong played five midget major games for the South Island Royals as a 14-year-old and played for the Saanich Braves Bantam AA team in British Columbia. He had no points and two penalty minutes with the Royals. De Jong was selected by Regina in the seventh round (137th overall) of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.

2010-11: DeJong joined the Royals on a full-time basis, skating in 35 regular season games and three playoff contests. He scored 3 goals with 9 assists and had 73 penalty minutes in 38 games. South Island was fifth in the regular season and lost to the Greater Vancouver Canadians in a best-of-three playoff series.

2011-12: DeJong played for the BCHL’s Victoria Grizzlies in his hometown – skating in 56 games in his first season. He scored 2 goals with 15 assists and had 20 penalty minutes. The Grizzlies finished last in the Coastal Division; missing the BCHL playoffs.

2012-13: DeJong returned to Victoria for his second BCHL season and committed to playing college hockey at Michigan in 2013-14 in October. He was selected to represent Canada West in the 2012 U19 World Junior A Challenge. De Jong scored 5 goals with 19 assists and had 16 penalty minutes in 51 games for Victoria. The Grizzlies were one of the BCHL’s big turnaround stories, winning 33 games and finishing first in the Island Division. De Jong scored 2 goals with 2 assists and had 6 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games as Victoria reached the second round. He skated in four games for Canada West and had no points with 2 penalty minutes. Ranked 111th amongst North American skaters, De Jong was selected by Minnesota in the seventh round (197th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: De Jong played in 29 games for Michigan as a freshman. Primarily a third pairing defender for the Wolverines, he had 5 assists and was +5 with 12 penalty minutes.  Michigan finished third in the Big Ten in the conference’s inaugural season but was upset by Penn State in the conference tournament and did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. De Jong did not dress for the playoff game against the Nittany Lions. 

Talent Analysis

De Jong is a mobile defender with some offensive ability, but he has a below average frame right now. His skating style fits in well with the system used by Michigan coach Red Berenson and he is part of a deep group of defensemen for the Wolverines.

Future

De Jong is in his sophomore season at the University of Michigan in 2014-15. The Wolverines have been one of the better teams in college hockey this season and De Jong has had to compete for ice time on one of the nation's deeper defense corps. Long-term his skating and offensive instincts suggest he can be a playmaking defender who is effective on the power play. To reach the NHL level he will have to add bulk and strength and become more consistent in his defensive play.

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