Winnipeg Jets Sign Prospect Chase De Leo To ELC

Chase De Leo inks ELC with the Winnipeg Jets –

The Winnipeg Jets announced on Thursday that they have signed their 2014 fourth round draft pick, Chase De Leo from the WHL’s Portland WinterHawks, to a three-year, two-way, entry-level contact worth $875,000 per year.

Winnipeg Jets prospect Chase De Leo

                    4th round selection Chase De Leo                          photo courtesy of  WHL.ca

About Chase De Leo  

League:  WHL    

Team: Portland WinterHawks

Position:  C     Shoots:  Left

DOB:  Oct. 25, 1995

Birthplace:  La Mirada, California

Height: 5’10     Weight:  180

2014-15 WHL Stats: Regular season

Games: 67   G: 39   A: 45  Pts: 84  PIM: 30   Plus/Minus: +22

2014-15 WHL Stats:  Playoffs 

Games: 17  G: 7   A: 12  Pts: 19  PIM: 10   Plus/Minus: -6

Achievements:

1.  Selected 192nd overall in the 9th round by the Portland WinterHawks in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

2.  Played for Team Cherry in the 2014 CHL Top Prospects game.

3.  Won the WHL Championship in 2013-14 as a member of the WinterHawks.

4.  Played for Team USA at the 2015 U20 WJHC.

5.  Selected 99th overall in the 4th round by the Winnipeg Jets at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

From Portland WinterHawks General Manager & Head Coach Jamie Kompon.

 “Chase has been an important part of the team’s success during his time in Portland, and if he moves on to the professional ranks next season then we wish him all the best as he continues his career.  Chase is a dynamic offensive player, but it’s his commitment to playing a 200-foot game that will help him succeed at the next level.”

Looking back:

Prospect Analysis (from June 29, 2014) 

by Mitch Kasprick

Selected 99th overall in the 4th round.

Grade – B+  Chase De Leo was flat-out a steal in the 4th round!  Most scouts and scouting prognosticators had De Leo ranked as a 2nd round draft pick. Obviously, the rest of the hockey world hasn’t received the MEMO ….. 5’9 and 5’10 skilled players have a place in the right situations.  Look at the Portland WinterHawks!  Players like Brendan Leipsic, Nick Petan and now Chase De Leo are, and have been, major contributors to the success of their teams.

Scouting Buzzwords:

Chase De Leo is a very good skater with better than average speed.  He can score goals as well as dish the puck.  He has good hockey sense.  De Leo has a good shot with a quick release.  He is very solid in the face-off circle, very gritty and plays much bigger than his 5’9 size.  He competes hard in all three zones (200 ft. game).  A steal in the 4th round.  He is also a solid prospect.

WHT analysis today

by Mitch Kasprick

I still think Chase De Leo was a great pick in the fourth round and his skill-set hasn’t changed but I don’t know when or if we will ever see him as a full-time Winnipeg Jet.  As the team gets stronger and the prospect pool gets stronger, there are less and less spots for new players each season.  As fans we gush and fall in love with every prospect that plays well but, the truth is there isn’t room for everybody and that is why the AHL is full of prospects that didn’t take that next step.

I’m not saying this will happen with Chase De Leo, I’m just stating that his pro career hasn’t even started yet and time will tell.  The AHL is the next step for De Leo and we will see soon enough if he has the right stuff.

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