DEAKIN-POOT TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE OF SOPHMORE YEAR WITH SEA DOGS
Nick Deakin-Poot joined the Sea Dogs in October of the 2017-18 season as a free agent from the OHL. The 6’4” product of Brampton, ON had played parts of three seasons with the Guelph Storm before making his way to the Port City. His first season in Saint John was marred by injuries that saw Nick sidelined for all but 18 of the team’s 68 regular season games.
This year has been different for Deakin-Poot. In August of 2018 the 19-year-old arrived to training camp with something to prove. He led training camp in almost every physical conditioning test including setting a team record for bench press. It’s this size and strength that have propelled him to 14 goals and 24 points this year while playing top line minutes against the league’s best.
“My strength and speed are things I definitely worked on in the summer and my size is something I’ve tried to use a lot more especially since a lot of people have told me it’s such an important part of my game. I think I still need to work on it more and implement it more into my game.”
Nick’s style of play means he can be slotted into different spots in the line-up depending on where he’s needed. His size, speed and strength combined with a nose for the net has greatly expanded his role as a top guy and a leader on a young Sea Dog’s club.
“Having a bigger role on this team has definitely helped with my confidence. Being able to play with multiple different players on this team, you get to know the guys more and you start to know how they play on the ice and you get more comfortable. Having a bigger role and having more ice time has really given me a chance.”
In a 6-5 OT win over Charlottetown on Saturday night at Harbour Station Deakin-Poot scored a hat-trick that included the tying goal with seconds to go in the game. Even with a such a huge performance at home, Nick was eager to downplay his performance and credit his teammates for the big win.
“We were buzzing right off the bat, we got an early goal and got going. Obviously that offside goal that was called back wasn’t great and we laid off the gas a bit in the second, but we came back as a team and we found a way to tie the game and send it to overtime. Prikryl got that breakaway and we were able to come away with the win. [The hat-trick] was obviously on my mind but that’s wasn’t my main focus. My main focus was to keep it out of our net. When I broke the zone for the 3rd one and I saw Lawrence make that great little bank pass and I knew exactly what I was going to do as soon as I picked it up. It was an exciting game and a memorable one in my career.”
The OT win came on the same night that Shawinigan defeated the Remparts meaning no ground would be gained in the hunt for the final playoff spot, but Nick and his teammates are staying positive.
“We definitely can do it. We’re going to have a hard time with it, it’s not going to be easy—we’ve got a lot of good competition coming up. Only four points out of a spot, it’s very doable with 15 games left, we just need to come together as a team. We can’t doubt ourselves, we need to focus and stay on top of that winning mindset.”