Emad Agahi – kelownarockets.com
It didn’t take long for Damon Severson to show fans in New Jersey what Kelowna Rockets fans already knew; that he had big talent. The 6-foot-2, 200 pound rookie defencemen has already climbed up the Devils’ depth chart and is considered by some as New Jersey’s second D-man behind veteran Marek Zidlicky, early in his rookie season.
Severson is currently tied for second in team scoring with 4 goals and 4 assists through his first 13 NHL games. A defencmen, Severson is fourth in NHL scoring amongst all rookie skaters. His 4 goals are also good for third among all NHL defencemen.
Meanwhile, at a cool 20 years of age, his 21:55 minutes of ice time a night is second on the Devils, gaining the trust of his coaching staff to send him over the boards.
One member of the Devils who is very impressed by what he has seen from Severson is nine-time all star Jaromir Jagr. In an interview with Rich Chere, Jagr told the NJ Advance Media that, “He (Severson) is playing the game like he’s been in the league for 10 years. He tries stuff that veteran would try and if he doesn’t make it, he’s going to try again next shift.”
Severson was drafted 60th overall in the second round of the 2012 NHL entry draft after playing 260 WHL games in 5 years with Rockets. He is among the early favourites for the Calder Trophy given to the top NHL rookie each year.