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Fantasy Summary

Hard working forward who plays the game at a fast pace. Good puck handling skills and vision in the offensive zone are the hallmarks of his game but he is a committed defensive player as well.


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January 2022 – Following the first half of December 2021, in which Dean was named to Canada’s World Juniors’ squad and signed a three-year entry level contract with Vegas, the Alberta native continued to score at a point-per-game pace with Gatineau of the QMJHL, having registered six goals and eight assists in 11 contests this campaign. This follows a 2020-21 season with ten goals and ten assists in 23 games, and a 18G, 28A, 57-contest campaign in 2019-20, also with the Olympiques. With the league paused for nearly a month due to COVID concerns, we’ll see how the 19-year-old Dean responds when games begin again, but the future appears growing brighter for one of Vegas’ top forward prospects. Kevin Wickersham

July 2021 – Dean was selected in the first round, 30th overall by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2021 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

February 2021 – After being selected fourth overall by Gatineau in the 2019 QMJHL draft, Dean had a strong rookie campaign and finished with 46 points in 57 games. Unfortunately for Dean, his draft year his been disrupted by the pandemic and he has played just 10 games to this point in the season.

Dean is a solid two-way center who displays a high work rate and plays at a breakneck pace. He supports the play well and is a deft puck thief who is able to set up his teammates for quick strike opportunities off of turnovers. Dean has good puck handling skills, he is equally comfortable making plays on his forehand or backhand, and though he sometimes skates himself into pressure, he is often able to dish the puck into space for a teammate after drawing defenders toward him. His speed and pace of play puts opposing defenders on their heels at the junior level but Dean could benefit from learning to slow the game down a bit and let things come to him on occasion. He is also a conscientious defender who tracks well on the backcheck and competes down low in his own end, and he doesn’t hesitate to finish his checks when given the opportunity. There is a lot of utility in Dean’s game and he has potential as a responsible two-way center who can provide secondary offense at the NHL level. Nick Richard

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 4, 2003
Height 6‘0”
Weight 176 lbs
Drafted 2021 Round 1; Overall: 30

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2016-2017 TriCom Thunder U15 AAANLAAAHL U1526 18 1230 34|Playoffs5 4 48
  Team Newfoundland U14 (ACC)ACC-U145 10 313 8|        
 2017-2018 TriCom Thunder U15 AAANLAAAHL U1535 40 3777 86|Playoffs3 3 25
  Team Newfoundland U15 (ACC)ACC-U155 3 47 8|        
  All American Prospects U15WSI U156 3 47 12|        
 2018-2019 Toronto Nationals U16 AAAGTHL U1632 24 2347 -|        
  Team Newfoundland CWG7 2 1315 12|        
  Toronto Nationals U16 AAAU16 AAA64 36 5389 -|        
  Toronto Nationals U16 AAA