Welcome to the Official Site of Leafs Nation - MapleLeafs.com
MapleLeafs.com proudly sponsored by ROGERS™ Welcome to the Official Site of Leafs Nation - MapleLeafs.com

DeMelo Keeps It Simple

Thursday, 06.2.2011 / 11:36 AM ET / Draft Central 2011
By Mike Ulmer  - Mapleleafs.com commentator
Share with your Friends

DeMelo Keeps It Simple

Name: Dylan DeMelo
Team: Mississauga St. Michael's Majors
Hometown: London, Ontario
Position: Defence
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 193 lbs
2010-2011: 67 games, 3 goals, 24 assists, 70 PIMs
Final Central Scouting Ranking for N.A. Skaters: 121st

Dylan DeMelo believes in minimalism lies the way to the NHL.

DeMelo has but three goals in 87 OHL games although his 24 assists in 67 contests this year reveal offensive leanings.

“I just try to keep my game simple,” he said. “I tend to get in trouble when I do too much.  I just find when you keep your game simple and things are going well you can chip in once in a while and get a little risky. You start with simple and work up from there.”

Defencemen remember errors like artists remember smudges and DeMelo is no different. He can instantly recall his worst mistake.

“In minor hockey I ended up putting the puck in my own net. It was at a tournament in London which is where I am from. I was trying to clear the puck and it went off my toe. Top shelf. It was a pretty good snipe actually.

“It was a freak accident. I was disappointed but the guys were great. It’s part of the game.”

The incident reminded DeMelo that no matter how well he prepared sometimes bad things happen. All the more reason, then, to approach each moment carefully.

“I find if you just stay with your game and do what you do best, that’s when it works.
I get the puck up to the forwards, make a good first pass, make a rush once in a while. Block shots, get sticks in the passing lane.”

DeMelo thinks that will be enough.

“It would be an honour to get drafted but there’s a lot of situations where a player doesn’t get drafted and still gets a chance. There is more than one way into the NHL.”

torontomapleleafs.com is the official Web site of the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club. The Maple Leafs and mapleleafs.com are trademarks of MLSE.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 MLSE and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Terms Of Use | Contact Us | Employment Opportunities | Advertise on mapleleafs.com | Privacy Policy | icon AdChoices | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map