Jr. | D | Millbury, Mass.
was a New England prep school superstar for Cushing Academy
prior to enrolling at UMass.
Statistics: His 21 points (five goals, 16 assists)
ranked fourth on the Minutemen last season, with more than
half of his points (3-8—11) coming on the power play.
Only two returning Hockey East defensemen had more points
He Does: Degon is a talented offensive defenseman,
and it all starts with his tremendous skating ability. That’s
especially beneficial on the larger ice surface at the Mullins
Center. He also boasts good poise with the puck on his stick
and a strong shot; UMass forwards use the points very effectively
in the offensive zone, and his shot provides scoring chances
on deflections or rebounds.
Bigger Picture: Thomas Pöck’s departure
will open up huge minutes for Degon, who was a prize recruit
for the Minutemen coming out of Cushing Academy three years
ago. He’ll now have the opportunity to quarterback the
first power play and take over as the team’s top puck-moving
defenseman. With opportunity comes a challenge, however: he
can’t be expected to – nor can he expect to –
fill Pöck’s shoes. That won’t happen, although
it wouldn’t be a surprise if the top offensive defenseman
in Hockey East came from Massachusetts again this year.
Stephen Werner on Degon: "He’s going to
be a huge part of our team. He’s an offensive defenseman,
and we just lost the best offensive defenseman in college
hockey. And I think he’s underrated defensively –
he’s really tough for his size."