Prospect Report 2/8/12: 2010 Late Round Edition

On this edition of the prospect report I will look at two late round picks from the 2010 NHL entry draft. Jason Clark and Tony DeHart were two quiet picks from Garth Snow during the draft that bought us Nino Niederreiter and Brock Nelson.

Jason Clark was taken in the 3rd round, 82nd overall in the draft. He is currently in his sophomore season at Wisconsin, where currently this season he has been seeing limited time on the ice and having limited success. He is still looking to make the score sheet this season while playing in just 15 games so far. Last season as a freshman he saw limited time playing in only 14 games and having only 1 assist. He did have a hip problem that required surgery this past season which could be slowing him down.

Clark is a big forward at 6’-2” and comes from the hockey factory of Shattuck-St.Mary’s high school which has produced several NHL’s over the years. There is no doubt that Clark can play but he needs to start showing it at the college level if he wants to have a chance at making it into the Islanders system.

Tony DeHart was taken in the 5th round, 125th overall during the 2010 draft. He is currently playing in the ECHL for the Stockton Thunder, where in 38 games this season the defenseman has 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists). Playing 5 seasons in the OHL DeHart had 116 points in 261 games between the London Knights and Oshawa Generals.

DeHart is also 6’-2”, 202 lbs which is a good size for a defensemen but he needs to start showing some more of his skill at the ECHL level in order to have a chance at a roster spot in Bridgeport. He has played in a ton of games in the OHL and is close to playing a full season at the ECHL level, at this point we should have seen some more out of DeHart that would prove he can become a steady defenseman for the future. If more isn’t seen from him before the end of the season then his chances of making it in the Islanders system become very dim.

Both of these players need to make a bigger push in their development in order to get noticed in an Islanders prospect pool that is becoming very deep. This summer will mark 2 years since they were drafted and so far early returns on these two players does not look promising.

As always thanks for reading and feel free to comment below and suggests other NHL prospects you would like to hear about in the future.

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2 Comments

Mike Flannery's picture

Well done as always John. Wish the news was a bit brighter but your honest insight is the best source available to Sound Tiger fans on what to expect in the future. Thanks.

John Link's picture

Thanks Mike! Yea it is disappointing but as we all know not all prospects will reach their potential so you have to expect a few of them to fall short. It isn't what most fans want to hear but it happens.