It’s not surprising that PO Joseph, in his second season with the Charlottetown Islanders, had his best season yet.
After being recalled from Midget a quarter of the way through the 2015/16 season, Joseph had 8 points in 48 games with the Isles.
The 2016/17 season may have been Joseph’s first ever full season in the league, but he was looked at as a leader on the Islanders, and even wore the “A” as an assistant captain.
Near the end of the regular season, the 17-year-old said this responsibility was one he enjoyed.
“I had a lot of guys last year who helped me progress. Guys like Dexter Weber, Oliver Cooper and more who taught me how to be a leader and how to act on the ice and off the ice.”
Joseph was relied upon right off the bat this season and logged big time minutes on the back end. He had a great October, tallying 3 goals and 7 assists.
November was his best month of the season, when he had 13 points in 10 games.
Joseph had eight multipoint games this season, including four games where he had 3 assists. On November 11th and 12th, he had 6 assists in two games.
- 2015/16 – 48GP, 1G, 7A, 8PTS
- 2016/17 – 62GP, 6G, 33A, 39PTS
In the playoffs, Joseph added 6 points in 13 games.
Another weight on the mind of Joseph this season was the looming NHL Draft in June.
At the mid-term ranking in January, Joseph was ranked 42nd.
In the final rankings, Joseph had jumped up the NHL Central Scouting list to 27.
Through it all, Joseph tried to put it in the back of his mind and focus on the season at hand.
“Obviously, it’s something in my mind but there’s a lot of hockey in front of us and then playoffs and we want to reach as far as possible so I’ll think about it after the season.”
It will be a busy but exciting summer for Joseph as he looks toward being drafted into the NHL. Next year, he will likely attend his first pro training camp.
Joseph is a fan favourite on the Island and there is no doubt his fans will be watching the NHL Draft on June 23!