It looks as though a change of scenery from North America to Europe has helped Ontario Hockey League grad Jonathan D’Aversa regain his offensive power from the blue line. D’Aversa is in his first year with Augsburger Panthers of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga. In 31 games to date this season, Jon has 14 goals and 23 points in 31 games, already equaling his best year in professional hockey. D’Aversa had 23 points in 68 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL in 2008-09. Just one of those 23 points came from a goal.
Jonathan D’Aversa played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2003-04 to 2006-07, all with the Sudbury Wolves. In his final season, despite the team finishing below .500 during the regular season, the Wolves made it to the Robertson Cup finals before losing to the Plymouth Whalers in six games. That season, D’Aversa wore the ‘A’ on his jersey, appeared in the OHL All-Star Classic and was third among league defensemen in scoring with 60 points.
Despite not being drafted by an NHL club, Jon was picked up by the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. He split the past three seasons between Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and their ECHL club, the Wheeling Nailers. In his rookie season, 2007-08, he represented Wheeling at the ECHL All-Star game.
Last season, Augsburger made it the DEL finals (read previous post here). This season to date, the Panthers are in eleventh spot in the 14 team league.
Check out Jonathan D’Aversa’s profile page on the Augsburger Panther official website.
Check out Jonathan D’Aversa’s profile page on the DEL official website.
D’Aversa joins two other Ontario Hockey League alumni with Augsburger. Check out these previous posts at OHL Alumni Central:
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