Jean-Sebastien Dea

by Mark Allan on January 28, 2018


Jean-Sebastien Dea, C

Shoots: R

Height: 5-11

Weight: 174

Born: 1994-02-08

Hometown: Laval, Quebec

Drafted: Signed by Pittsburgh as free agent in 2013








January 2018 – Dea was promoted to the big club as a reward for compiling 23 points and plus-13 in 36 AHL games. He had to adjust in four NHL games to being on the fourth line, mostly with Tom Kühnhackl and Ryan Reaves. Before being returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Dea had one NHL goal, a minor penalty and was plus-1. In the most recent game, a 6-3 win over the visiting Wild, he got just nine shifts and 7:36 TOI, although he won four of seven faceoffs. It was a good learning experience for Dea, whose NHL future is likely in the bottom six. Mark Allan


September 2017 – Dea was one of 21 players assigned recently to the AHL, although he had to clear waivers. Expect him to play all or most of the season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Mark Allan


August 2017 – Pittsburgh re-signed Dea to a one-year, two-way contract that has an average annual value of $650,000 at the NHL level. In three AHL seasons with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the 5-11, 175-pounder has totaled 48 goals and 91 points in 192 games in which he’s plus-27 overall. The 23-year-old has played in just one NHL game and is shaping up as a solid career minor-leaguer. Mark Allan


June 2017 – At 18 goals, 34 points and plus-13 in 73 games, his stats essentially remained static from his second to third AHL season. At 5-11 and 174 pounds, the skilled playmaker is beginning to fade into the background of many players in the system with similar physiques, playing styles and production. Worse, as an RFA this off-season, he’s starting to slip down the depth chart and is at risk of being cut loose by the Penguins. Mark Allan

April 2017 – Dea got 21 shifts with limited icetime (11:18 with no special-teams play and no points) in his NHL debut on the final day of the regular season as the Penguins rested some of their regulars. Dea has established himself in three AHL campaigns as a solid professional with 47 goals and 90 points in 190 games. His 57 PIMs this season show a willingness to get involved and plus-15 indicates defensive responsibility, although some of that was due to playing for a strong team. Stuck behind other, more-talented young players in the organization’s depth chart, Dea will try to help Wilkes-Barre-Scranton win the Calder Cup. Mark Allan

January 2017 – Dea increasingly seems to be getting lost among the many good forwards in Pittsburgh's system. Twelve points and a plus-2 rating in 35 AHL games are not likely to result in a callup. Mark Allan

October 2016 – Dea was one of 17 players demoted to the AHL as Pittsburgh shrank its training camp roster from 48 to 31. A 20-goal man with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season, the slender Dea will have a tough time getting NHL playing time with the Penguins, who have a multitude of options at their disposal. Mark Allan

June 2016 – The smallish forward played in 75 games in his first full AHL season, and wasn't out of place, but he lost ground to other Pittsburgh prospects, several of whom contributed to the Stanley Cup run of the parent club. Totaling 20 goals, 16 assists and plus-13, Dea was OK before going pointless in 10 playoff games. A skilled, creative playmaker with a decent shot, he must find a way to produce in spite of his slight frame. He has one more season to prove himself at an affordable $585,000 cap hit before becoming an RFA. Mark Allan

November – Doing what he does best, the skillful forward recorded a goal and three assists for his first four-point game as a pro as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defeated St. John’s in the AHL Penguins' first meeting of the season with the Ice Dogs. Dea is tied for fourth in team scoring with eight points in 10 games. Although his way to the NHL will have to be as a scorer, a plus-5 rating early in the season doesn't hurt his cause. Mark Allan

October 2015 – Dea is back in the AHL after failing to carve out a spot among Pittsburgh's many forwards. He's an offensive player, so if he sticks with the Pengins it's probably going to have to be in the top six, a tall order considering who's ahead of him on the depth chart. Mark Allan 

September 2015 – The skilled forward is not yet high on the Penguins’ depth chart, but he hopes to change that. A big scorer with the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, Dea potted a spectacular power-play goal in a 4-1 win over Ottawa Senators’ prospects during a four-team rookie tournament in London, Ont. There was more of him for the Penguins to like in his third rookie tournament because he added 15 pounds during the summer to bulk up his slight frame. He’s expected to return to the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Mark Allan

August 2015 -- Dea will try to build on a decent AHL rookie campaign in which he totalled 10 goals and 21 points in 41 games. He will have to prove himself in the AHL before getting any real shot at the big time because his eye-popping junior stats are old news and he's still on the small side. Mark Allan

December 2014 – In his second AHL season after three high-scoring (1.05 points-per-game) campaigns with Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL, Dea was second among Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scorers. In 24 games, the smallish center had eight goals and nine assists with a plus-5 rating. Mark Allan

December 2014 – In his second AHL season after three high-scoring (1.05 points per game) campaigns with Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL, Dea is second among Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scorers as of December 18th. In 24 games, the smallish center has eight goals and nine assists with a plus-5 rating. His goal Dec. 13 with 2:08 left in regulation forced overtime, although the AHL Penguins lost 2-1 in overtime to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Mark Allan 

September 2013 - The Pittsburgh Penguins signed high scoring QMJHL forward, Jean-Sebastien Dea, to an entry level contract on September 17th. Brendan Ross

March 2013 - Jean-Sebastian Dea was named the QMJHL Third Star of the Week (ending March 9th) after burrying five goals and seven points in three weekly games. Dea will enter the 2013 NHL Draft as a second time eligible forward and with his current 78 points, it is very likely that a team snatches him up. At this point in time, Dea is not fantasy relevant but the small fiery forward does have the potential to contribute offensively as well in other categories such as penalty minutes. Brendan Ross

January 2013 - Dea has slowed since his strong start to the season but he is scoring at just over a point-per-game pace and sits with 35 goals and 62 points in 48 games. Eric Daoust

December 2012 – Jean-Sebastien Dea is another example of an underdog player who is not particularly big yet is extremely shifty and talented with the puck. After not getting drafted in last June’s NHL entry draft, Dea is having a breakout season for Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL with 23 goals and 43 points in 28 games, good for ninth in the league. He was also selected to represent the QMJHL in the Subway Super Series. His play this year will certainly generate interest for the 2013 draft but if he gets selected it will likely be in the later rounds.


Fantasy Outlook: D+

At this point Dea has to be considered a longshot with upside should the stars align.



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