Jake DeBrusk: 2015 NHL Top Prospect

Jake DeBrusk — 

Winnipeg Hockey Talk’s evaluations of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft top prospects continue today with our featured prospect Jake DeBrusk.

League:  WHL     Team: Swift Current Broncos

Position:  LW     Shoots:  Left

DOB:  Oct. 17, 1996     Birthplace:  Edmonton, AB

Height: 6′     Weight:  180

2014-15 WHL Stats: Regular season

Games: 72   G: 42   A: 39  Pts: 81  PIM: 40   Plus/Minus: -9

2014-15 WHL Stats:  Playoffs 

Games: 3  G: 0   A: 0  Pts: 0  PIM: 10   Plus/Minus: -4

Jake DeBrusk played this past season in the WHL for the Swift Current Broncos.


1.  Selected 137th overall in the 7th round by the Swift Current Broncos in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

2.  Played for Team Cherry at the 2014-15 CHL Top Prospects game.

Offensive Buzzwords

Jake DeBrusk is a goal scorer with a nose for the net.  He combines his better than average offensive instincts with nice play-making and passing skills along with a pro-level shot and release. 

From Cody Nickolet: website –  whlfromabove

is an absolute killer around the net and goes to the cage with immense regularity … is able to find loose pucks around the blue ice and finish plays off unlike any WHL player in this draft class


Jake DeBrusk is a good skater with better than average straight away speed with good balance and agility. 

From Cody Nickolet: website –  whlfromabove

skating has shown nice progression over the past calendar year … isn’t a super dynamic player but owns above-average top speed and fairly strong edges … despite good speed his acceleration is a tad clunky with his feet seeming a bit heavy at times, although I wouldn’t call it a major concern

#19 Jake DeBrusk:  video – :45 seconds  

Defensive Buzzwords

Like most younger players, Jake DeBrusk is not a perfect defensive player but he does have solid defensive awareness and is trusted to be a penalty killer at the WHL level.  He works hard to be a solid two-way player that plays a 200 ft game.

Prospect Analysis 

Jake Debrusk is a hard-working winger that can score.  He’s not a big player yet, but he is not afraid to go to the greasy areas to make a play or score a goal. What NHL team doesn’t need that?  DeBrusk works hard in all three zones and he has a nice mix of grit, good hockey sense, along with a solid compete level. He looks like a top six forward to me and some team in the latter half of the first round is going to get a nice surprise.  He is projected to go somewhere in the 25-30 range but don’t be shocked if he goes much earlier than that.    

Projected:  #20 – #24 



  1. George Bain says

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets selected him in the Draft if available. He can score and the Jets need goal scoring! A gritty WHL player that I believe the Jet’s management like a lot.

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