With their first of two fourth round picks the Winnipeg Jets have selected Chase De Leo from the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. De Leo has spend the last three seasons playing along side some big time skill players on one of the best teams in the CHL.
Much like teammate, and fellow Winnipeg Jets prospect, De Leo is tiny, but they are very different players. Petan likes to slow the game down then use his vision to find lanes. De Leo likes to go full speed all the time. He is a quick darting skater and he shows no fear driving the net. He is extremely fun to watch at the junior level. It will be interesting to see how he develops moving forward.
Terrel's Scouting Report:
58. C Chase De Leo (Portland, WHL) - De Leo is a guy who is going to naturally draw the Nic Petan comparisons. I was not a huge Petan fan last year (although Petan has grown on me this year) and De Leo is a poor man's Petan. He has one of the best set of hands in this entire draft, good agility to avoid checks, but his size and strength is even more lacking than Petan. His lack of a great top end speed also hurts. De Leo works hard, but has too many limits to his game for more than a late 2nd or early 3rd flyer.