Mark Blinch

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Sharp-minded, puck moving defender with top-4 potential.


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June 2019 – Dermott solidified himself as an NHL defenseman in 2018-19, playing 64 games and tallying 17 points in that time. He was especially noticeable in the playoffs, as he was one of the few Maple Leafs capable of laying a big hit. In terrible news however, he required shoulder surgery at the end of the year and is likely to miss the start of the 2019-20 season. His spot on the blueline is secure enough that he doesn’t have to worry, but fantasy owners should be wary since he may require a “warm-up” period upon his return. Hayden Soboleski


October 2018 – As expected, Dermott locked down a spot on the NHL squad for the 2018-19 season. He stood out in game one, showing smooth zone exits and entries and pushing play the right way. He won’t ever put up Rielly or Gardiner level points, but he will chip in and surely see more ice time as the season progresses. Hayden Soboleski


April 2018 – Panic ran through the Leaf nation when rookie standout Travis Dermott got injured with a hard shot to his instep. Dermott has become a core fixture on the leafs defence and the thought of starting the playoffs without Dermott had leaf fans worried. The good news is Dermott has not broken his foot xrays show it is just a serious bruise and Dermott will be ready to go for the playoffs. Dermott has played 36 NHL games to date with only 14 goals against in those games or a .39 goals against per 60 minutes of ice time. By comparison, Carrick has a .53 goals against for 60 minutes of ice time, Polak .86, Gardiner .92, Morgan Rielly 1.2, Zaitsev 1.21,  and Hainsey 1.24. Dermott’s offensive number have been very respectable for a young defenseman that just turned 21 years old with one goal and 13 assists in those 36 games. As the season has progressed Dermott has become more comfortable with his NHL level game. Dermott is solid in the defensive end. He gets the puck out of his end with a solid first pass or when the opportunity is available he carries the puck out of his end with authority and excellent speed. Babcock has been steadily increasing his reliance on Dermott. When Rielly and Hainsey were out with injuries Dermott was relied on more including killing penalties. While Babcock rotates Carrick and Polak for that 6th spot on the Leafs D. Derrmott is now well established as the number 5 on the leafs D core but his rapid improvement and progression suggests he will soon be higher than 5th on the Leafs defence rankings. Dermott has solid fantasy upside value as he establishes himself as a key part of the Leafs defence going forward. Brian Harling

Feb 2018 – Dermott has made a home in the NHL with the Leafs this season and is not likely to play with the Marlies again. He scored his first goal in his ninth game with the leafs. He skated and stick handled through the NYI defense then stayed in the offensive zone fighting for the puck and finishing with his first goal. Even more impressive has been his defensive play. Dermott has been solid and Babcock’s confidence in his young rookie defenseman has grown steadily. With Rielly and Hainsey out, Babcock has been playing Dermott in key positions against other team’s best players, killing penalties and on the power play. While it is early in the young 21-year old rookies development, he looks like he has the potential to become a top 4 defenseman for the Leafs. Brian Harling


January 2018 – Travis Dermott has grown into being the Leafs’ best defence prospect with the Marlies. In just 26 games this year, Dermott has produced 17 points. But more importantly, Dermott has become the top defenceman on the Marlies and is relied on by the coaching staff in all situations: killing penalties, quarterbacking the power play and playing against the opponents best players. His confidence has developed steadily. He caries the puck with authority and positions himself well. When he is on the ice he provides the team with a steadying influence. Don’t be surprised if he gets a call up with the Leafs in the near future. Brian Harling


July 2017 – Acclimating himself to pro went quite well for the highly thought of defender. After a positive start to the season, an injury that kept him in the press box for five weeks proved to be a major disruptor. Upon his return, it took him 15 games to regain positive momentum productively and become effective. His uptick in play corresponded perfectly with his rookie teammate’s (Andrew Nielsen), decline in production. From the outside, you would expect Dermott took on an increased role, but this was not case, it seemed like when one rookie was rolling the other was not. Dermott is being discussed as read to take the next step, but I feel he needs another AHL season to show consistency in his play and growth in development into becoming the top ice time gathering Marlie before he should be given the chance for promotion. Newly acquired Calle Rosen and Andreas Borgman have more experience and therefore are currently ahead of him on the depth chart, but play in can could alter that thought pattern. Jason Banks


February 2016 – Dermott is enjoying a fantastic campaign that currently sees him fifth in OHL defensemen scoring. Dermott should be setting a career high in points midway through next month, a mark that might have already been passed had he not spent the better part of a month enjoying the opportunity of playing for Team Canada in the World Juniors. His tournament was only average as he only managed a pair of points in five games, and the team performed poorly resulting in no medal and worst result since 97-98. While his production has been strong, it is also consistent, his longest dry spell has been only a trio of games at the start of the season, and he has only been held shot-less twice this season. The only concern I’m currently having is a lack of goal production as he only has four, and that makes you question his power-play potential which limits his production at the highest levels. For Erie he has three goals and 15 assists with the man advantage which accounts for half of his production, should that be removed in pro, he will be a rather unappetizing average defenseman to hold. Dermott also falls into an unfortunate category in that he does not qualify for the AHL next season until late December. Unless he becomes a Leaf regular on the blueline, he will head back to the OHL where he will need to grow his ability to light the lamp. Jason Banks


June 2014 – Dermott and the Maple Leafs stay close to home with this selection. Leafs add a solid blueliner that should only take about three years before he’s playing games with the big club. Jason Banks 


June 2015 – Dermott is an intuitive and intelligent two-way mobile defenseman with promising offensive upside. More calculated and opportunistic with his offensive chances than dynamic and flashy, Dermott understands positioning and anticipates plays well. Those heady qualities allow Dermott to capitalize and prepare better than most undersized defenders. In his defensive third, Dermott is surprisingly advanced especially considering his smaller stature. He’s strong on the puck and capable of outmuscling larger opponents but understands that first and foremost it’s important to establish ideal positioning. Offensively, he is patient with his puck decisions and rarely forces plays that aren’t there. His low maintenance style combined with potential to be an above-average offensive defender make him a legitimate candidate to be selected inside the Top 40 picks. Dermott finished his draft season with eight goals and 43 points during regular season play and then ramped up his production in the post-season with five goals and 17 points (19 games). Brenden Ross

Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 10.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth December 22, 1996
Height 5‘11”
Weight 180 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 2; Overall: 34


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 York Simcoe PeeweeQC Int PW- - -- -|        
 2011-2012 York Simcoe Express U16 AAAETAHL U1619 2 79 12|        
  Selects Academy 15U WSI U157 0 22 4|        
 2012-2013 Milton MenaceOJHL53 1 1415 24|Playoffs24 4 1115 14 
 2013-2014 Erie OttersOHL67 3 2528 45|Playoffs14 0 55
 2014-2015 Erie OttersOHL61 8 3745 53|Playoffs20 5 1217 22 
 2015-2016 Erie OttersOHL51 6 3743 65|Playoffs13 3 1114 14 
  Toronto MarliesAHL0 0 00 0|Playoffs1 0 00
  Canada U20WJC-205 0 22 2|        
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 0 11 0|        
 2016-2017 Toronto MarliesAHL59 5 1924 60|Playoffs11 1 45
 2017-2018 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL37 1 1213 8|Playoffs7 1 01
  Toronto MarliesAHL28 2 1618 34|Playoffs14 1 34 18 
 2018-2019 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL64 4 1317 22|Playoffs7 1 23
 2019-2020 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL56 4 711 37|Playoffs5 0 11
 2020-2021 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL- - -- -|