Buzzers' Josephs On Radar As NHL Draft Prospect

By  on November 29, 2012

By / Sam Laskaris

Troy Josephs’ final Junior season is proving to be a rather memorable one.

And the 18-year-old centre, who is starring with the St. Michael’s Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, is hoping to add even more highlights to his hockey resume in the coming months.

Josephs, who is averaging close to a point per outing in this his second season with the Buzzers, has been impressing not only American university scouts but National Hockey League talent seekers as well.

Josephs, who recently committed to attend New York’s Clarkson University starting next season, was also listed on Central Scouting’s list of prospects to watch released on Nov. 20.

Those on the list are players considered to have a chance to be selected in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Josephs was thrilled to see his name on the Central Scouting list but he also quickly deflected some of the praise.

“I was really honoured to be put on that list,” he said. “But I wouldn’t be able to get on there if it wasn’t for my teammates.”

Josephs, who finished in a tie for 10th place in team scoring a year ago with 24 points in 41 games, has become one of the Buzzers’ leaders this season. He had collected 23 points, including 12 goals (one more than he scored all of last year) in his first 24 matches.

“I wanted to be a point-per-game player this year but I also wanted to be effective in both end of the rink,” he said.

Josephs has been accomplishing these goals even though he’s playing a new position this season. He was a left-winger a year ago and made the switch to centre during the Buzzers’ pre-season.

Josephs’ early-season play also earned him a spot on the Team Canada East squad that participated in the World Junior A Challenge in Nova Scotia in early September.

“It was my first international tournament,” he said. “It was a very humbling experience to be playing in that event. It was the highest level of hockey I’ve played at. I went to war with 22 brothers and couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Josephs netted his first international goal in that tournament. He scored once and also added an assist in  his team’s 4-0 victory over the Czech Republic. But Josephs and his teammates did not capture any hardware at that event, losing the bronze-medal match 6-0 to Switzerland.

As for the Buzzers, they’re having a rather decent campaign. The club won 18 of its first 27 games.

Jospehs is hoping the team can continue its solid play for the remainder of the season and also have plenty of success in the post-season.

“We said at the beginning of the year we wanted to win the league championship,” he said. “And I think we can go far if we stick to our systems.”

As for next season, Josephs is hoping to study business at Clarkson.

“They have one of the best business programs in the States,” he said. “It’s in the Top 20.”

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November 29, 2012
Categories:  Major Junior

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