Stephen Desrocher

Hometown:

Toronto Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-01-26

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

6th round (155th overall), 2015

Weight:

198 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Stephen Desrocher skated for the Mississauga Rebels midget minor AAA team in Ontario. In 64 games he scored 4 goals with 22 assists and 30 penalty minutes. He was selected by Oshawa in the sixth round (121st overall) in the 2012 OHL Priority Draft. 

2012-13: Desrocher played in seven junior A games with the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Oakville Blades and was one of the top defensemen for the Vaughan Kings midget AAA team. He had 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes skating for the Blades. Desrocher scored 8 goals with 16 assists and 30 penalty minutes in 30 games with the Kings. Vaughan captured the GTHL playoff title and reached the Central Region semifinals. Desrocher did not appear in any playoff games for the Kings. 

2013-14: Desrocher skated in 43 of 68 regular season games and 12 playoff contests for the Oshawa Generals in his first OHL season. He scored 4 goals with 4 assists and was +6 with 6 penalty minutes in the regular season. Oshawa finished first in the East Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals. Desrocher scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +1 with 6 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. Desrocher was ranked 125th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings but was not selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. 

2014-15: Desrocher emerged as a shutdown defender with some offense to his game in his second season with the Memorial Cup champion Oshawa Generals. He scored 10 goals with 13 assists and was +33 with 41 penalty minutes in 66 regular season games. Oshawa finished first in the East Division, advancing to the OHL Finals and defeating Erie in five games. Desrocher scored 3 goals with 4 assists and had an even plus/minus with 10 penalty minutes in 16 playoff games. In four games at the Memorial Cup he scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was +1 with no penalties. Oshawa defeated WHL champion Kelowna, 2-1 in overtime, in the championship game. In his second year of draft eligibility, Desrocher was ranked 145th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. He was selected by Toronto in the sixth round (155th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Desrocher attended his first training camp with the Maple Leafs before returning to Oshawa for his third OHL season. He skated in 17 games with the defending Memorial Cup champions before being acquired by the Kingston Frontenacs in exchange for several draft picks in November 2015. In 69 regular season games between the two clubs Desrocher scored 11 goals with 35 assists and was +29 with 39 penalty minutes. Kingston finished first in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Desrocher scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was -2 with 4 penalty minutes in nine playoff games.

Talent Analysis

Desrocher is a big and physical defenseman who plays a hard game in his own end. He has a big shot from the point and can generate offense on the transition but the key to his game at the pro level is expected to be his shutdown ability.

Future

Desrocher began the season with the Oshawa Generals before being traded to Kingston in his third season of junior hockey in 2015-16. He will attend his second training camp with the Maple Leafs looking to earn an entry-level contract but could start his pro career on a minor league deal in 2016-17. Desrocher projects as a defensive defenseman capable of neutralizing top opposition forwards and playing on the penalty kill.

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