Top 25 Under 25 -
#12 - Dylan Samberg
6’4” 215 lbs - Defence - Shoots Left
NCAA 2017-2018 Season: 42 GP - 1G - 12A - 13PTS - 43PIM
Dylan Samberg had a very impressive first season as a Winnipeg Jets prospect. The large defender won a NCAA championship with Minnesota-Duluth, and a bronze medal with the United States World Junior team, emerging as a top defence prospect.
While getting off to a slow start to the season, scoring five points in his first 23 games prior to heading to the World Junior Hockey Championship, Samberg’s play improved notably after a strong tournament.
Samberg had a goal and three assists in seven games, as Team U.S.A. earned a bronze medal. Samberg had eight points in 19 games with Minnesota-Duluth upon his return, as the team marched it’s way through the NCAA tournament and won the national title.
Samberg has a hard shot, and a deft ability to connect passes to teammates through traffic. He recently began his 2018-19 sophomore season, and participated in the 2018 Sport Chek World Junior Showcase for U.S.A. Team Blue from July 30 to August 4.
He has good skating for a big man, and drew solid praise from Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff after Development Camp in late June.
“He’s the type of guy that can really excel in today’s game because he can get back to a puck, he’s got good stick and he can move the puck,” Cheveldayoff said earlier this week. “He’s the type of guy that there’s a lot of excitement about.
“He has that ability to play a lot of different ways. Certainly, he can play a hard game and a physical game with his size. The thing that really draws us to him is his ability and his hockey sense and his skating.”