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2017 NHL Draft First Rounders: Pierre-Olivier Joseph

By Marshall Mackinder on June 23, 2017

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Joseph moves up the ranks and gets selected at #23 by the Coyotes. Good bloodlines, real strong and efficient skater, this is a great pick for Arizona.

Pierre-Olivier Joseph - Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL
Position: 
D
Born: July 1, 1999 – Chambly, Quebec, Canada
Height: 6’2"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2015 QMJHL Draft – Round #5 (78th overall) by the Charlottetown Islanders
Real athletic defenceman who can move the puck well out of his zone with a good first pass. Can read the play well and follow up his passes getting into good position in the offensive zone. Knows where to go and has developed good hockey sense in that aspect. An undersized defenceman, he has a lot of filling out to do. His tall, thin frame shows he is physically incapable of going into the corners and digging the puck loose. However, he is very mobile and does a good job of keeping his head up. Hesitant to go deep into the offensive zone and is more comfortable staying back on the blue line. Because of his small stature and his development process, he is looked at as a long-term project for any team that may select him in the draft but the talent and hockey IQ are there to be patient with. 

DID YOU KNOW? Joseph’s brother, Mathieu, is a 19-year-old playing for the Saint John Sea Dogs and is a 2015 fourth round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Similar in size, Mathieu has posted over 100 points as a Right Wing in four seasons with Saint John. 

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By Marshall Mackinder| June 23, 2017
Categories:  Major Junior|Events

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