|Written by Stuart McDonald|
|Sunday, 25 October 2009 17:29|
My Aunt Betty called me from Long Island and told me to write about Mike Del Zotto because he's so good. If my Aunt Betty knows about Mike Del Zotto then so does everyone in your pool and that is not why I'm here. I'm here to write about prospects that are off the radar and can give you an advantage in your pool. I'm here to tell you about prospects like Jason Demers and to tell you that he's the real deal.
Taken in the seventh round, 186th overall in the 2008 draft, the 6'1, 200-pound Demers has received glowing reviews from my insiders in Worcester (Cindy) and San Jose (Chris O'Leary), who both re-enforce what I've seen so far. Demers is a legitimate offensive prospect despite his weak shot and reluctance to use it. No matter. Demers can pass the puck like Tomas Kaberle, and although not as poised as Kaberle, he's yet another legitimate but overlooked offensive defenseman from the QMJHL.
Drafted as a 20 year old after a point-per-game season for woeful Victoriaville in the Q, Demers was sent to Worcester where he continued to do what he's done year after year - lead his team in assists and in plus/minus. Except for his last year in junior, Demers has always had the best plus/minus on his club and that includes this year's San Jose Sharks. Demers and his consistent partner Kent Huskins are both +5, far ahead of second place Shark Ryan Clowe who is even. The only Shark with more assists than Demers is assist-machine Joe Thornton who has 13 to Demers' eight after 10 games.
Dmitri Kulikov's mediocre three assists in eight games belie his importance to the Panthers. Kulikov has twice logged the most minutes for Florida and is a fixture in their top four as an 18 year old. Keep an eye on this kid as he will explode offensively although it won't be this year.
|Last Updated on Monday, 26 October 2009 18:41|