Eric Gelinas

 

Eric Gelinas, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-4

Weight: 205

Born: 1991-05-08

Hometown: Vanier, Ontario

Drafted: 2009 by New Jersey, 54th overall

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

July 2014 - Eric Gelinas was given the opportunity to play with the big club in 2013-2014 and offensively, he did not disappoint.  In only 60 games with an average of 16 minutes of ice time per night, Gelinas had seven goals and 22 assists with 17 of them coming with the man advantage. For fantasy leagues that reward hits, it is also noteworthy that Gelinas developed a more physical presence for the Devils providing 99 hits.  His main struggles came in the defensive end.  Positioning and turnovers prompted the team to send him back to Albany in February to "get his game back" as Devils General manager Lou Lamoriello put it.  Offensively, especially on the powerplay, he's a full time NHLer with real fantasy upside.  Defensively, he still needs to earn the trust of head coach Peter DoBoer.  Michael Riggi

 

October 2013 - After a strong showing in the Devils preseason with three points in three games, Gelinas was sent down to AHL Albany last Wednesday.  The young defenseman has some developing to do -- primarily on the defensive side of his game -- before he's ready for the pro level, but he does have a promising offensive upside and is still considered a bright piece to the Devils future on the blue line. The 22-year-old led all Albany defensemen in scoring two years ago playing in 75 games and tallying 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points, eight of those goals came via the powerplay. Jamie Zadow


 

March 2013 - A broken jaw to start the season didn't help Gelinas early on, but his game has made strides since January. Although his numbers haven't budged over last year, he is still a potential offensive NHL rearguard and he's not as far away as you would think. - Dobber

 

May, 2012 – A defenseman with excellent size, mobility and skill, Eric Gelinas has the tools necessary to be an asset both in the NHL and to fantasy teams.  However, those who are investing in him should be patient.  Formerly a forward, Gelinas has a lot to learn about playing in his own end.  He also needs to learn how to use his size more effectively.  Things are progressing well as Gelinas posted 37 points and 55 points in 75 games with Albany of the AHL this season, his first since turning pro.  Once he is ready for a promotion to the Devils, there will be plenty of opportunity for him to succeed as the Devils lack long-term options on their blue line. Eric Daoust

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

 

Good upside, but needs time to develop.

 

 

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