I'm not opposed to taking D early since most of the Devils D prospects will be pro next year. In my opinion, I think I'd rather go with a D prospect like Julius Honka (WHL - Swift Current) over DeAngelo based on what I've read from a lot of the draft publications.
Both guys are RD and listed at 5'11 with Honka having a slight weight advantage. Both with high offensive skill. Hockey Prospect has Honka ranked 23rd with DeAngelo 34th. Future Considerations has Honka ranked 31st with DeAngelo 29th. Pronman has Honka ranked 29th with DeAngelo 37th. Based off everything I've read, Honka seems better defensively and doesn't have as many holes in his game as DeAngelo who really seems boom or bust.
Hockey Prospect on Honka: 2 way D, tremendous skating, elite hockey sense, moves the puck quickly and accurately, great mobility, calm under pressure.
I agree that Honka is better than DeAngelo but I see him going mid 1st round so I don't see him as an option for us, in my opinion he's the 3rd best defenseman in this draft behind Ekblad and Fleury
EDIT: If I had to rank the D in this draft, I would say this:
1. Aaron Ekblad, Barrie (OHL)
2. Haydyn Fleury, Red Deer (WHL)
3. Julius Honka, Swift Current (WHL)
4. Anthony DeAngelo, Sarnia (OHL)
5. Travis Sanheim, Calgary (WHL)
6. Roland McKoewn, Kingston (OHL)
From there it really opens up so it's hard to choose up to 10, but I think all 6 of those defensemen could go 1st round or early 2nd (31-35) if enough teams want defense
Edited by Brandon, 12 June 2014 - 09:29 PM.