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JAMES DE HAAS
James De Haas
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Vitals: 6’3” / 205 lbs.
Birthdate: May 3, 1994
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
Acquired: Detroit’s fifth choice (170th overall) in the 2012 draft
CSS Ranking: 176th American skater (2012)
Contract: None (must sign by Aug. 15, 2017)
RWC Says: No. 4/5 Defenseman

STORIES

AWARDS
  • 2011-12 OJHL First-Team All-Prospect
  • 2013-14 ECAC All-Rookie Team

HISTORY
2011-12
  • Enjoyed productive season at junior A level with Toronto Lakeshore in OJHL (45-10-19-29).
  • Led all Toronto Lakeshore defensemen in scoring and was T19 among OJHL blueliners.
  • Chipped in 13 of his points on the power play (five goals, eight assists).
  • Second among all OJHL defensemen in playoff scoring (21-5-7-12).
  • Committed to play NCAA Division I college hockey at Clarkson starting in 2013.
  • Selected in the sixth round (170th overall) by the Red Wings in the 2012 NHL draft.
2012-13
  • Spent season in BCHL junior A league with Penticton (53-5-19-24).
  • Finished second on team in defense scoring to Troy Stecher by a 23-point margin.
  • Represented Canada West at world junior A under-19 challenge (4-0-2-2).
  • Led team and finished tied for second in league in playoff defense scoring (15-3-6-9).
  • Helped Penticton qualify for league final, but squad lost 4-2 in best-of-seven to Surrey.
2013-14
  • Began his NCAA career with Clarkson (38-6-7-13).
  • Led all Clarkson rookies in scoring and was third in team defense scoring.
  • Minus-12 rating ranked last on the team. ALso had 51 shots, 11 blocks and 18 PIMs.

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He’s a real good skater, moves the puck well, makes a real good first pass, and he’s just a guy that obviously has to develop and get stronger. He’s a long-term project but we think he has a lot of upside.” — Red Wings director of scouting Joe McDonnell (June 2012).

STRENGTHS
Although listed at 6-foot-2 on draft day, he’s actually almost 6-foot-4 and has an NHL frame … Excellent skating ability and can really get around the ice … Very steady in his own zone, makes a good first pass … Versatile and can play at even strength and on both special teams, although more of a fill-in guy on the power play … Good vision and hockey sense.

WEAKNESSES
Capable on the power play but doesn’t project as a big point-getter … Could be more physical and will need to get harder to play against to be an NHL stay-at-homer … Still quite skinny despite his tall frame and needs to get stronger.

PROJECTION
De Haas was a late-round attempt at getting a safe, steady depth defenseman with excellent size and mobility. After a solid NCAA freshman campaign at Clarkson, De Haas will continue his development in 2014-15. The Red Wings have until 2017 to sign him.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Toronto Marlboros Midget AAA GTHL 70 12 18 30 40 |          
 2011-2012 Toronto Lakeshore Patriots OJHL 45 10 19 29 32 | Playoffs 21 5 7 12 10 
 2012-2013 Penticton Vees BCHL 53 5 19 24 19 | Playoffs 15 3 6 9
  Canada West U19 WJAC-19 4 0 2 2 2 |          
 2013-2014 Clarkson Univ. NCAA 38 6 7 13 18 |          

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