DeMelo, drafted in the 6th round in 2011, has spent most of his short pro tenure with the Sharks’ AHL affiliate. He did play 45 games with the Sharks last season, finishing with 2G and 2A. The big defensemen hopes to start the season in San Jose, but will face stiff competition from former 1st round selection Mirco Mueller for the team’s last defensive slot.
Dan Kelly has spent his entire career with the New Jersey Devils’ AHL Affiliate Albany Devils after they signed his as an undrafted free agent. He’s racked up 64 points in six seasons, and is expected to remain with San Jose’s AHL affiliate next year.