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Top 25 Under 25: Number 19 Chase De Leo

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How is the prospect fairing while playing with a bad AHL team?

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Chase De Leo has spent the past two seasons playing on weak Manitoba Moose teams, so it is hard to evaluate his contributions based on overall points. The best way to measure success in the AHL is shots per game, but that stat is harder to calculate in the off-season. However, he showed improvement season to season in junior and he has managed to break the 30 point barrier both seasons in the AHL.

Tim: Perhaps criminally underrated. Perhaps a victim to numbers. De Leo has had a strong two years as a pro, though the step back in his counting numbers this year was a little disappointing. That said, De Leo isn't a one trick pony. He works hard and he can kill penalties, so he may be able to earn a role outside of a scoring line.

Brian: De Leo is going to be a solid player. The only thing is, are we going to see him play with the Jets? Or will he be somewhere else? Whether or not Maurice is around definitely has something to do with that.

Andy: I'm beginning to see a trend. 4th round players seem to be the tipping point for the Jets. First 3 rounds go to promising prospects, while the 4th round goes to a gamble. Chase De Leo's first season with the Moose was good, notching 19 goals and 40 points. However, his defensive play was questionable. His second season with the Moose will do him some good.