“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – Dylan DeMelo

Photo courtesy of Alexander Zimmermann {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

With the 179th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks selected defenseman Dylan DeMelo {@DDems2} of the Ontario Hockey League‘s {OHL} Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.

Described by hockeysfuture.com as a “two-way defenseman who does many things very well,” DeMelo, nicknamed “Dems” or “Jean Shorts,” was drafted by the Majors with the 34th overall pick in the second round of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection.

In his rookie season in 2009-10, DeMelo registered one point on one assist to go along with 12 penalty minutes in 20 games played before being sent down to the Mississauga Chargers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League {OJHL}, where in 36 games played, DeMelo registered 29 points on nine goals and 20 assists to go along with 24 penalty minutes.

“I thought I could play at this level and against bigger and better players but being sent down was a learning experience,” said DeMelo in a Nov. 2010 interview with the Majors website.  “It allowed me to play in every situation and get lots of ice time.”

Wanting to prove to Majors head coach Dave Cameron that he could be a top four defenseman on the Majors and help lead them to the OHL title and the Memorial Cup, DeMelo focused on getting bigger and stronger in the off-season.

“I wanted to be more of a physical player and just keep things simple,” said DeMelo.  “Last year I was more caught up with being in the line-up and not making mistakes.”

DeMelo’s hard work in the off-season resulted in DeMelo becoming a regular on the Majors blue line this past season while logging significant minutes on both special teams. 

“I honestly didn’t expect it coming into the season but it’s awesome,” said DeMelo.  “I think it shows that the coaches have faith in my game and it’s great to be able to help the team win.

Playing in 67 of the team’s 68 regular season games and paired with veteran defenseman Marc Cantin, DeMelo registered 27 points on three goals, including a game-winner in the season opener at Kingston, and 24 assists to go along with70 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of plus-31. 

“He {Cantin} helps me with pointers on what to do on the power play and penalty kill,” said DeMelo.  “Also a lot of tendencies in certain situations, I think he has helped to make me a better player.”

DeMelo continued his strong play into the post season where in 20 playoff games, DeMelo registered five points on one goal and four assists to go along with 15 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of plus-10.

“I just try to keep my game simple,” said DeMelo in a June 2 interview with Mike Ulmer for an article on the Toronto Maple Leafs website.  “I tend to get in trouble when I do too much.  I just find when you keep your game simple and things are going well you can chip in once in a while and get a little risky.  You start with simple and work up from there.  I find if you just stay with your game and do what you do best, that’s when it works.  I get the puck up to the forwards, make a good first pass, make a rush once in a while.  Block shots, get sticks in the passing lane.”

In addition to his high hockey IQ, DeMelo is just as smart away from the ice as he won the Pepsi Scholastic Player of the Year Award at the Majors season-ending banquet on June 18.  DeMelo was also named the OHL’s Central Division Academic Player of the Month this past Feb.

“Dylan maintains a 75 percent average with his three second term academic courses {at Philip Pocok Secondary School},” said Majors academic adviser Kim Bailey in an interview with Chad Hackl for a Feb. 2011 mississauga.com article.  “He keeps focused on both his academics and his hockey.”

HIGHLIGHTS

Dylan DeMelo game winning goal against Kingston  {Courtesy of YouTube user “MisterDB”}
In this video clip, DeMelo scores his first career OHL goal in the season opener at Kingston on Sept. 24, 2010.  The goal, which gave the Majors a 2-1 lead, held up as the game winner and starts at the 3:30 mark of the video clip.  The replay shows the entire play develop.

Dylan DeMelo vs. Domenic Alberga  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, DeMelo drops the gloves with Alberga of the Brampton Battalion on Nov. 5, 2010.

Dylan DeMelo vs. Zach Bell  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, DeMelo drops the gloves with Bell of the Battalion on Jan. 28, 2011.

Dylan DeMelo vs. Kyle Hope  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, DeMelo drops the gloves with Hope of the Oshawa Generals on March 5, 2011.

Dylan DeMelo vs. Mathew Campagna  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, DeMelo drops the gloves with Campagna of the Sudbury Wolves on March 6, 2011.

Dylan DeMelo vs. Ryan Strome  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, DeMelo drops the gloves with Strome of the Niagara Ice Dogs on April 19, 2011.

DeMelo vs. Strome Alternate View  {Courtesy of YouTube user “OpenIceHockey”}

*Videos and information were used from sharks.nhl.com, www.stmichaelsmajors.com, www.hockeydb.com, www.hockeysfuture.com, mapleleafs.nhl.com, www.mississauga.com and www.youtube.com for his post entry.*

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About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

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