2018 MIDTERMS: Brendan De Jong (Portland, Western Hockey League)

2018 MIDTERMS: Brendan De Jong (Portland, Western Hockey League)

For those who have not been tracking the “Midterms” series that is checking in on Carolina Hurricanes prospects below the AHL level, you can find a clickable link to the most recent article on Jake Bean and also the previous 13 articles in this Menu. Up next is the fourth of five stops in the Western Hockey League for a check in on defenseman and 2017 draftee Brendan De Jong.   Brendan De Jong Defenseman Brendan De Jong from the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League was the Carolina Hurricanes sixth round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft. What jumps out first about De Jong is his size. He is still in the process of filling out his frame, but his starting point at 6 feet 5 inches tall, he already has NHL height. During the 2016-17 season, De Jong scored eight goals and had 23 points in 72 games. He is again playing for the Porland Winterhawks in the WHL for the 2017-18 season.   Interview with Brandon Rivers from DUBNetwork About the Interviewee Brandon Rivers (Twitter=@hodgesheroes) covers US Division WHL teams for DUB Network and also contributes at Seattle Sin Bin from SBNation.   Interview on Brendan De Jong Canes and Coffee: What has been Brendan De Jong’s playing situation thus far for the 2017-18 season? Brandon Rivers: Brendan De Jong has been a relied upon d-man this year for Portland. He spent much of the year playing with 20-year-old and team captain Keoni Texeira and still plays with him on the penalty kill. He has played quite a bit recently with Dennis Cholowski, who was a first round...
Back to School – Class of 2017: Brendan De Jong (Portland Winterhawks, WHL)

Back to School – Class of 2017: Brendan De Jong (Portland Winterhawks, WHL)

Today’s article in the ‘Back to School’ series is the eighth and final article covering the Carolina Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft class. You can catch up on any you missed from the clickable menu HERE.   Today’s entry returns to the United States and heads out west to check in on Portland Winterhawks defenseman Brendan De Jong.   Brendan De Jong Defenseman Brendan De Jong from the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League was the Carolina Hurricanes sixth round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft. What jumps out first about De Jong is his size. He is still in the process of filling out his frame, but his starting point at 6 feet 5 inches tall, he already has NHL height. During the 2016-17 season, De Jong scored eight goals and had 23 points in 72 games. He will return to Portland for the 2017-18 season to continue his development.   Interview with Mark Hinrich from DUBNetwork About the Interviewee Mark Hinrich (Twitter=@CodyDriverMark) is one of the newest members of the DUBNetwork team and will be covering the Portland Winterhawks for the 2017-18 season.   Interview on Brendan De Jong Canes and Coffee: For Hurricanes fans who are just getting up to speed on Brendan De Jong after his selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, please describe his skill set and style of play. Is there a current of former NHL player whose skill set and style of play is similar to DeJong (projecting forward a few years of course)? Mark Hinrich: Brendan is primarily a stay-at-home defenseman. However, last season, under the guidance of Head Coach Mike...

Brendan De Jong: Hurricanes 2017 sixth-round draft pick (#166 overall)

A menu for similar profiles and reading lists for the other eight players drafted in the 2017 NHL Draft is HERE.   Brendan De Jong profile and history Brendan De Jong is a defenseman who played the 2016-17 season with the Portland Winterhawks. He was eligible for the draft in 2016 but was not selected, so he was an overage player in 2017. De Jong has a big frame at 6 feet 5 inches tall but is very raw in a number of respects. First is that he needs to fill out his frame to have a chance to play at the NHL level someday. In addition, though he is said to possess offensive upside, he also needs to round out his game defensively. Finally, he is an average at best skater which is a tough starting point for any NHL defenseman. The upside is that he made significant progress from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 season which begs the question of he can continue the upward trajectory.   Brendan De Jong reading list Brandon Rivers from DUBNetwork profiled De Jong toward the end of the 2016-17 season and documented the progess that De Jong had made. Marshall Mackinder from Hockey Now discussed De Jong in an article prior to the NHL draft. Sam Cosentino from Sportsnet.ca listed De Jong among ten players with a chance to increase their stock during the 2017 CHL playoffs.   Go...