Dennis Yan
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Dennis Yan


Portland Oregon

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3rd Round (64th Overall), 2015


184 lbs.

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2011-12: Dennis Yan skated for the Lambton Junior Sting minor midget AAA team in Ontario. He scored 22 goals with 11 assists and 26 penalty minutes in 30 regular season games and had 10 goals with 7 assists and 24 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games.

2012-13: Yan returned to the United States, skating for the Belle Tire U18 team in Michigan, and was invited to the USA Hockey National Team Development Program evaluation camp in April. He scored 30 goals with 15 assists and 47 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games for Belle Tire and scored 5 goals with 1 assist in five playoff games.

2013-14: Yan moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to skate for the USA Hockey NTDP’s U17 squad and played for the gold medal USA team at the 2014 World Hockey Challenge in Canada. He scored 12 goals with 14 assists and was -6 with 54 penalty minutes in 48 regular season games for the NTDP squad. Yan scored 1 goal with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes in six games at the WHC. A dual citizen of the USA and Russia, Yan was selected by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the second round (66th overall) of the 2014 KHL Draft and was selected by Shawinigan in the first round (8th overall) in the 2014 CHL Import Draft.

2014-15: Yan skated for the USA U18 team in the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before joining the Shawingan Cataractes for his first season of junior hockey. Yan was the second-leading scorer for the Cataractes behind another 2015 draft-eligible forward, left wing Anthony Beauvillier. Yan scored 33 goals with 31 assists and was a team-best +23 with 71 penalty minutes in 59 regular season games. Shawinigan finished third in the East Division, falling to Halifax in overtime in the decisive seventh game of their first-round series. Yan scored 7 goals with 1 assists and was +5 with 6 penalty minutes in seven playoff games. He scored 4 goals with 4 assists and was +4 with 4 penalty minutes in five games for the USA at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. Yan played for Team Cherry in the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and was ranked 30th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings prior to the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Yan is a physical forward with decent size who is an equally adept playmaker and scorer. He has lived and played hockey in the United States, Russia and now Canada, so that experience at such a young age should help him mature well, but he has a lot of learning to do defensively. That said, it’s his offensive game that is his bread and butter; Yan has a nose for the net and drives it with purpose, often using his dangerous shot to either beat the goalie or create rebound chances for teammates.


He still has two more years of junior eligibility (three including overage year), and will likely play them out with the Shawinigan Cataractes, where he spent the 2014-15 season. The team also boasts 2015 first round pick Anthony Beauvillier; along with Yan, the pair has a chance to dominate QMJHL scoresheets for the next two seasons.

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