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Old 01-19-2020, 03:45 PM
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Don’t be so sure about Joseph’s value. He is definitely still a commodity at 22 years old (about to turn 23) with size, speed and grit. This season is the first time in years that he’s struggled.

2014-15 QMJHL 59GP 21G 21A 42P
Playoffs 5GP 1G 2A 3P
2015-16 QMJHL 58GP 33G 40A 73P
Playoffs 5GP 5G 2A 7P
2016-17 QMJHL 54GP 36G 44A 80P
World Juniors 7GP 1G 4A 5P
Playoffs 18GP 13G 19A 32P
2017-18 AHL 70GP 15G 38A 53P
Playoffs 7GP 3G 4A 7P
2018-19 NHL 70GP 13G 13A 26P
Playoffs 4GP 0G 0A 0P

Joseph had recently turned 18 when he was selected by the Bolts in the 4th round of the 2015 draft. I’m sure Pete can recall what kind of a prospect he was back then, but I remember that he spent the next two years in junior pushing his offensive ceiling higher than originally expected. He went to Syracuse with a reputation for defensive acumen and had a very good first season as a 20-year-old pro, again putting up more offense than had been expected. Then last year as a 21-year-old rookie, we saw a well-rounded two way player with enough flashes of offense – using his speed to surprise defenders, deploying a sneaky wrister, showing the size and toughness to cycle effectively – enough flashes of offense to imagine he might develop into more than a lower-line defensive forward, maybe chart a course to middle-six status the way Cirelli has.

You don’t toss all of that just because he’s taken a step back in his sophomore campaign. I doubt we see JBB sell low, so either we get fair value for a very young forward with a very good resume and very good potential or we hold onto him. There’s no urgency to make a decision this year.
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