When the Arizona Coyotes took the ice last October, they did it with a variety of young faces, a few new names, and a new GM upstairs. But they also started the season with an AHL affiliate located only 100-some miles away instead of 3,000. And down with the newly minted Tucson Roadrunners was Anthony DeAngelo.
DeAngelo, leading up to this season, had already had a tumultuous career. While he was something of a scoring machine in Sarnia and then later Sault Ste. Marie, he encountered suspension trouble, most notably an 8-game ban for violating the OHL’s Abuse and Diversity Policies regarding a comment to a teammate, as well as an ejection from another game for abusing an official.
Nonetheless, he was drafted by Tampa Bay in the 1st Round of the 2014 Draft and was considered a blue-chip prospect in the Tampa organization.
Tampa washed their hands of him quickly at the end of the 2015-16 season despite a standout season in AHL Syracuse. On the ice, DeAngelo, to his former AHL coach, was “one dimensional”, going further to say that he “wasn’t well-rounded” when compared to another top Tampa defensive prospect.
So they dealt him to Arizona for high 2nd rounder during the 2016 draft.
Fast forward to the end of his first year with Arizona, and problems continued to persist. DeAngelo was suspended for 3 games by the NHL for abusing an official in late December during a game against Calgary and then boarded Zach Sanford in mid-March during a tilt against St. Louis, which led to an ejection just 2 minutes into the game.
He hurt his team by being reckless and the bottom line at the end of the season was this: DeAngelo continued a trend that started nearly 4 years back, playing dangerously and failing to control his emotions. This trend has failed to cease, despite a change in scenery to the desert, and his actions this season seem to only indicate that this trend could continue.
The Arizona Coyotes, at least for the time being, have taken to trying to break him out of his bad habits.
DeAngelo still has the ability to be a dynamic offensive defenseman and make big time plays. He proved so much this season, producing 16 points over 25 appearances with Tucson and 14 points over 39 games with the Coyotes. He found a comfortable home on the point during power plays, producing 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists). In Tucson, he was one of the most dynamic players on the roster when it came to play in the offensive half.
But DeAngelo also continued to be a defensive liability. He notched a -13 plus/minus with Arizona and a -2 with Tucson. He did show growth as a player at his age and his skill set should, but just when you’d see a stride in progress, there would be a regression. It may have also hindered him, at least when he was with the NHL club. He spent a good chunk of time paired up with Alex Goligoski, who himself struggled in his first season with the Coyotes.
Anthony DeAngelo earned a C grade for this season and it’s probably the same grade a Sarnia fan would have given him in 2013 or a Tampa fan in 2015.
He has so much to offer on offense and the potential to be a top-2 defenseman in the NHL. But he is, to a greater degree, a hot-head who can not control himself. And even when he isn’t hot from a call or play against him, his mannerisms could be a cause for concern. Compounding that personality issue, he’s a total liability in his own end.
Just like in any class, when you do well in one section but bomb two others, the final grade averages out to, well, an average grade. He earned a C grade this season and he needs to be better next year, both on and off the ice.
What grade would you give Anthony DeAngelo?
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The grades of all the other Coyotes players can be found on our master post here.