Dell’Elce is a toolsy but raw defenseman who will need at least three seasons of development before turning pro but who has an outside chance of growing into a second-pairing piece.
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June 2023 – Few Canadian High School players get drafted directly into the NHL, but Dell’Elce is one of the few who should. He is fluid skater – though his stride mechanics remain quite raw – who uses his teammates very effectively to solve problems. He also supports the rush well off-puck as a consistently available outlet option. With the puck on his stick, Dell’Elce is fairly patient, regularly activating beyond the hashmarks in the offensive zone and acting as a fourth attacker on the rush. He also sports one of the best shots among 2023 eligible defensemen: it has impressive power and accuracy and Dell’Elce can score with a variety of different releases as well. All that said, he remains very raw. His off-puck posture is typically passive, his skating mechanics remain inconsistent, and his defensive game seems just above average against Prep School competition. He is far from a sure thing, but is an intriguing option in the middle rounds of the draft as a high-upside swing, especially for an organization with a strong development staff. Sebastian High.
|2019-2020||Toronto Marlboros U15 AAA||GTHL U15||33||1||6||7||10||||
|2020-2021||Toronto Marlboros U16 AAA||GTHL U16||0||0||0||0||0||||
|2021-2022||St. Andrew's College||CAHS||44||10||22||32||24||||
|2022-2023||St. Andrew's College||CAHS||51||20||42||62||48||||
|2024-2025||Univ. of Massachusetts||NCAA||-||-||-||-||-||||