Prospect Profile: Eric Gelinas – Defenseman
The Devils have always built their team around strong defense. This next prospect is another hopeful to break into a NHL role this season. Similar to Jon Merrill, Eric Gelinas is a potential top blue-liner who can produce. Drafted in the second round in 2009, 54th overall, Gelinas is working hard to get back into top shape.
Last season, Gelinas suffered a fractured jaw and lost the first quarter of the season for Albany. After his return, the 22-year old picked up where he left off from the previous season, putting up 22 points in the remaining games including 6 goals. During the 2011-2012 season the 6’4” lefty put up 37 points in 75 games for Albany.
Prior to joining Albany two seasons ago, Gelinas played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for four seasons. In 244 career games, Gelinas tallied 170 points. He won the Memorial Cup while playing for the Saint John Sea Dogs in the QMJHL in 2011.
If Gelinas can break into the NHL, and produce the same as in other leagues, then he has potential to be great. He made his NHL debut this year on April 25 of this year. He managed 15:59 of ice time and recorded one shot — not bad for a first game.
Check out what Eric Gelinas can do.