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Winnipeg Jets 2016 Top 25 Under 25: #17 Chase De Leo

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James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

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D.O.B

Acquired

Truck

Arby

Matt

Andy

Derek

Trevor

Ian

Brian

Cole

Daniel

Allan

Phillip

C

10/25/95

99th, 2014

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Overview:

Chase De Leo was a lone bright spot on a Manitoba Moose team that was hard to watch on many nights last year. In only his first professional year of hockey, De Leo led all forwards in points with 40 (19 goals and 21 assists) over the course of 73 games. He was brought up near the end of the season and played 2 games for the Winnipeg Jets. De Leo will be looking to build off of last year and hopefully get a chance to spend a little bit more time in the NHL.

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AIH Author's Thoughts

Truck

Chase De Leo was consistently one of the better players on the Moose last year. The team was bad, but Chase figured things out quickly. While small, De Leo doesn't shy from contact. He plays a gritty enough game to fit in a number of roles. The fact that he can play C or wing is a plus too.

arby

One of the few players who managed to do anything with the Moose last year, his debut as a pro was pretty good. Having said that, I'm not sure where his ceiling will be in regards to the NHL, and with his stature he's a bit up against it. This season will tell us a lot.

Andy

De Leo is the kind of player that kind of falls into your lap. Similar beginnings as another player coming into the NHL (Matthews), De Leo got his start unconventionally. The Jets, or more likely the Moose have a great player, scorer and team leader on their hands, and although he didn't light the lamp during his brief stay with the big club last year, he still benefited from the experience.

Summary

Both Chase De Leo and the Jets will benefit from him spending another year as a top line player with the Moose. I think De Leo has a strong chance at making the Jets soon and potentially being a player that has enough offensive upside that the team would be comfortable slipping him into the top six from and time to time and maybe even on the power play. Luckily for him, De Leo is a bit of a Swiss army knife and could still succeed in the NHL as a grinder on the fourth line.

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