Mathieu Joseph

by olafson1393 on April 20, 2018

 

Mathieu Joseph, RW

 

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 165

Born: 1997-02-09

Hometown: Chambly, QC, Canada

Drafted: 2015 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 120th overall

 

Observations:

April 2018 - The former fourth-round selection has had an absolute breakout rookie campaign with the Syracuse Crunch. After wrapping up the regular-season sitting fifth in rookie point totals, Joseph has cemented himself into the top-tier of forward prospects within the Bolts system. While Anthony Cirelli has already earned his first recall, Joseph won't be far behind and could be seen in a Lightning uniform as soon as next fall on an emergency recall basis. Brayden Olafson

 

February 2018 - After a quiet acclimatization period through the month of October, Joseph has adjusted his speed and strength to a level at which he can be successful with the Crunch. Currently leading Crunch rookies in points, and trailing only Matthew Peca overall, Joseph has been a distribution genius, tallying 13 assists and another three goals in his last 17 games. Joseph has been utilizing his strong skating and puck control to attract the opposition's attention, before typically dishing the puck to one of the Crunch's other highly skilled shooters. Joseph's release isn't as quick, and therefore lethal as several of his teammates, however, when he is able to create enough space for himself to shoot, the right-winger can make defenders pay. While his level of strength has been a major asset in overpowering his AHL competition, Joseph will likely have to develop a few more tools in order to have a similar outlook further along. His chances of getting this kind of goal-scoring space regularly at the NHL level is highly unlikely, so he may have to get used to earning most of his goals within a small radius to the crease. Brayden Olafson

 

August 2017 - Joseph will aim to earn a spot on the Syracuse Crunch roster this fall. After graduating from junior, the sizeable older brother of Pierre-Olivier should be capable of playing a regular role with the AHL club in order to adjust to the difference that the professional ranks will pose - due to the Seadogs prolonged playoff run to the Memorial Cup, Joseph was not one of the graduating prospects who was had the opportunity to join the Crunch late in the 2016-17 season. Joseph's ceiling has been elevated by his improved offensive output through his last couple seasons of junior, but some AHL development will be necessary while he waits in line behind a few other prospects. Brayden Olafson

 

May 2017 - In an extremely disappointing Memorial Cup matchup game against the Erie Otters, Joseph was the spec of light for the Saint John Sea Dogs. In the blowout loss, Joseph was persistent with his speed and skill throughout the game. In an effort to spark offense, he, as well as many other Sea Dogs abandoned their defensive game significantly, which only dug them deeper. Saint John will face Seattle in the fifth round-robin game of the series, the loser of which will pack up. Regardless of the outcome, Joseph's season can be considered a success from a Lightning development perspective. Brayden Olafson

 

April 2017 – The high energy fourth round pick is leading the playoff charge for the dominant Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. With a relatively even goals:assists ratio and almost two points per game, he is proving that he will be able to fill the void left in the Syracuse Crunch roster when the Lightning pluck some of the riper prospects. With their heavily intimidating roster, the Sea Dogs will continue to challenge for a QMJHL title, and a Memorial Cup. Joseph should have lots of hockey left giving us the opportunity to determine if his dominance can remain consistent. Brayden Olafson

 

January 2017 – Mathieu Joseph is coming off a respectable showing at the 2017 World Junior Championship for Team Canada, his first showing on the international stage where he tallied one goal and five points in seven games.  Joseph earned his spot on the team because of his strong two-way game. While he's been excelling offensively for the Saint John Sea Dogs since the midway point last season, he's shown his ability to play in all situations. Joseph was mainly playing as a third line winger with Mathew Barzal and Taylor Raddysh. Just like playing with the Sea Dogs, Joseph wasn't afraid to mix things up physically. Joseph moves from a supportive role with Team Canada back to a veteran role with the Sea Dogs where he will have more ice-time and be relied upon to provide offense as well as defense. Joseph's offense may not translate in higher levels, but his ability to play in multiple roles gives him a better chance of filling a hole with the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Kathryn Jean

 

August 2016 – Mathieu Joseph will be trying to make the NHL squad this fall after a successful breakout season last year in Saint John. His overall skill has improved and his play indicates he has potential to become a scoring, bottom-six winger. In all likelihood, Joseph will be with the Saint John Sea Dogs again this season and will be focused on the more physical side of the game while trying to build his body for the professional level. Max Marko

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

Joseph hit a career high in goals and assists last year, but will need to put up consistent numbers in order to achieve serious fantasy consideration.

 

 

Footage:

Mathieu Joseph World Junior practice

 

 

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