Friday, July 20, 2012

Lincoln Stars acquire forward Jimmy DeVito from the Chicago Steel

According to the Lincoln Stars' official Twitter account, forward Jimmy DeVito has been acquired from the Chicago Steel for a third round draft pick in the 2013 USHL Entry Draft.

Click here to view DeVito's stats while in Chicago.  Jimmy is a 5'11", 165 pound forward from Bloomingdale, Illinois (suburb of Chicago).  In 57 games for the Steel last season, DeVito scored 24 points (8g, 16a) and added 120 penalty minutes.  Born in 1994, DeVito already has more than 100 USHL games under his belt, which is quite a bit considering how young he is.

Devito has committed to play college hockey at RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), starting the fall of 2013.  Click here to read more about that.  Incoming forward, and Stars draft pick Jake Wood is also a RPI commit for 2013.

On paper, this seems like a great pickup for the Stars.  From what I've been told about his game, I think DeVito could become a fan favorite in Lincoln.  I was told by a friend who is a Steel fan that DeVito won't back down from anyone, including players much bigger than him.  If you do a search with his name on YouTube, a number of fight videos come up (I'll include a video below of one of his scraps).  His USHL experience is a big plus, also.  Personally, I love watching the smaller guys who play like they are 6'2", 200 pounds.  His stats remind me a bit of current Stars forward Dominik Shine, or former Stars forward Garrett Peterson, who is also an Illinois native.

The Stars have traditionally done well when they have been trading partners with the Chicago Steel.  In 2010, the Stars acquired forward Andrew Schmit and defenseman Richie Coyne from the Steel before the 2010 USHL Entry Draft.  Both players played key roles in Lincoln's 2010-11 season.  In 2009, the Stars acquired forward Eric Alexander from the Steel to help add size and scoring to their lineup.

So if DeVito is on the roster, who is off?  The Stars recently released their 25-player protected roster, along with their affiliate roster.  I thought the roster was pretty set, but with the addition of DeVito I can only assume someone previously listed is now not protected.

Thoughts on the trade?  Please leave a comment below!

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