Dea was passed over in two drafts despite exploding last season for a combined 57 goals and 106 points in 82 regular season and playoff games. Smallish, right-shooting forward who can play both center or wing. The Pens training camp roster listed him as being 5'11" and 176 lbs so he's not that tiny. He returns to Rouyn-Nouranda for a third and final QMJHL season.
Well deserved, hopefully he winds up providing more than just minor league depth.
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I was hoping that this was a foregone conclusion after how he's performed. Glad to see it. He has some obvious hurdles but the raw ability is absolutely there... which is much more than the majority of this team's forward prospects can claim.
anyone want to venture a guess as to his HF prospect grade?
i'd guess he picks up the same grade as Zlobin, 7D.
seems like an apt comparison - they both did some damage in the Q and there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of difference between a late sixth round pick and a UDFA. there are of course fundamental differences - by all account, Dea is a a better skater than Zlobin but Anton is probably better built.
it's nice to add another highly skilled forward to the prospect pool (i was half-worried that Shero would feel compelled to add someone like Hataway or Opperman)
Who would you say is his NHL comparable? What are his weaknesses? ETA? Thanks.
I'm not very good at doing NHL comparaison. I read an article in french somewhere that he compares himself to Patrick Sharp. I'd say the comparaison is pretty good, shooting/scoring forward that can play center or wing, can also make play and has a pretty decetn two-way game.
His weakness would be to get bigger and tronger. He's getting stronger each summer, gained some pretty good pounds this summer which is very good, but still need to get bigger and stronger for when he'll turn pro. He's combative and going into traffics, but getting bigger and stronger will help him in that area. I'd say hi two-way game is pretty good, but still would be a thing to work on, we all know that NHL coaches love centerman with great defensive game. But with his hockey sense, speed and when he'll get bigger/stronger his defensive game will be very fine.