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Road to the NHL Draft: Anthony DeAngelo

By John Vogl

Anthony DeAngelo

Position: Defenseman

Junior team: Sarnia (OHL)

Born: Sewell, N.J.

Measurables: 5-foot-10, 170 pounds

2013-14 stats: 51 games, 15 goals, 56 assists, 71 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 14 (North America)

Lowdown: All the top prospects bring a few family members to the draft, and a large cheer erupts when the player’s name is called. One of the loudest ovations in Philadelphia will come when a team selects DeAngelo, who grew up across the river from the City of Brotherly Love. He’ll have his own cheering section.

DeAngelo is used to hearing his named called. He’s led Ontario Hockey League defensemen in assists for each of the past two seasons, boasting totals of 49 and 56. He gets his offensive tips from Sarnia assistant coach Andy Delmore, a former blue-liner in Buffalo.

DeAngelo has the passion of a lifelong Flyers fan, which is not always a good thing. He served an eight-game suspension for violating the OHL’s harassment, abuse and diversity policy. He routinely berates teammates on the bench.

They said it: “His puck skills and playmaking ability are excellent. He sees the ice very well and creates offensive scoring chances with great passes. He has a very good shot and gets it on net. DeAngelo likes to jump up into the rush and makes good decisions with the puck.” – Chris Edwards, NHL Central Scouting.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft, which begins June 27.


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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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