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Small defenceman with some offensive ability. Still holds some potential as a third pairing defenceman who can run the second power play unit, and put in surprising hit totals


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July 2023 – The Kings signed Joe Hicketts to a one-year two-way deal worth $775,000 at the start of free agency. Hicketts is a veteran of 419 games played in the AHL where he has amassed 197 points over the course of seven seasons. Hicketts was once thought to be a potential regular NHL defenceman but never quite made the jump and played at most 11 games in a season. He has put up strong numbers in the AHL over his career and could run one of the powerplay units in Ontario as the organization looks to insulate some of their younger players still adapting to the rigors of professional hockey. Sean Crocker

June 2023 – Hicketts is one of the most vital players for the Iowa Wild as a top-pair defenseman who put up 48 points in 72 games during the 2022-23 AHL season. At age 27 and with several games of NHL experience, Hicketts is a puck-moving offensive defenseman that can step into an NHL game situation, but with the bounty of prospects in the Wild organization, it remains to be seen if Hicketts will get more chances at the NHL level moving forward. Nathan Leblanc

May 2022 – Now 26, Hicketts’ odds of becoming an NHL regular have slipped into the ‘slim to none’ area. He had a solid AHL season in his new organization, posting about a point every two games, but there are younger prospects with a better pedigree who are next in line for roster spots. – Dobber

October 2020 – Hicketts put up decent point totals with Grand Rapids last season, finishing with 27 points in 50 games. He managed to get into just six games for a bottom dwelling Red Wings team and at 24 years old. Hicketts has already been surpassed on the organizational depth chart by the likes of Filip Hronek and Dennis Cholowski, with Jared McIsaac and Moritz Seider not far behind. Hicketts is an undersized defender with some offensive skill who has always played a bit bigger than he is but he has failed to establish himself in the NHL to this point. Nick Richard


May 2019 – Hicketts was decent in his third pro season, finishing second amongst defensemen on the Griffins in scoring with 27 points in 64 games played. He book-ended his season with two stints in the NHL, where he failed to put up any points but concentrated on not making defensive errors. Hicketts will again be in tough to make the Wings full time due to internal competition, but he will be a depth option for call-ups and could grab hold of a spot if given the opportunity. Mark Hillier


January 2018 – Hicketts has not taken a step forward so far in his second year of pro hockey for the Grand Rapids Griffins. However, he did impress the Detroit Red Wings in the preseason. With the big club struggling and full of veteran defence, it would not be surprising to see Hicketts get a call up sooner or later. Stay patient with Hicketts. His skill-set, hockey sense and drive more than make up for his short stature. He remains a potential NHL power play quarterback. Mark Hillier


June 2017 – Hicketts faced speed bumps in his first year with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL but has shown the ability to learn and adapt to this new environment as the season has progressed.  What he lacks in size he more than makes up for by playing a fearless, incredibly competitive style. According to veteran teammate Nathan Paetsch, “He may be our shortest player but he’s also our biggest hitter”. Offensively, Hicketts makes a crisp, accurate breakout pass and excels in the offensive zone. His ability to maneuver the line in combination with his dangerous point shot makes him a potential power play QB at the pro level. Hicketts made solid strides last year but will likely need a couple more seasons of fine tuning in the AHL before challenging for a spot on the Detroit Red Wings. Jameson Ewasiuk


December 2015- Joe Hicketts once again sits atop the WHL scoring list with a point-per-game pace (2G-27A-29PTS in 28GP) as we near Team Canada’s World Junior Camp and once more he’s the lone undrafted player to be passed over in camp. Hicketts was a nice surprise albeit well earned addition to Team Canada’s gold medal 2015 entry and his skill and experience well be a valuable addition to their 2016 team that projects to only have three returning players (Hicketts, Lawson Crouse and Brayden Point) with the potential for a fourth(Jake Virtanen- Vancouver NHL) from the reigning champions available. Look for Hicketts to lead the rather young Canadian squad which will be littered with 18 year olds from the back end in all situations and be a key cog in helping shut down the opposition and ignite Team Canada as they look to capture their first Gold Medal on European soil since 2008. Travis Watson


April 2015- The 2014-15 Regular Season has come to a close and it’s been a season of many highs for Victoria’s Joe Hicketts. Hicketts started the year on a high earning a three year entry-level contract after a solid camp with the Detroit Red Wings, he carried that momentum and confidence with him with a blistering start to the 2015 campaign helping him earn a spot on Canada’s 2015 Gold Medal winning world junior team. He didn’t stop there either as he continued to display a level of excellence far beyond his years which made him a deserving member of the 2015 WHL Western Conference second team All-Star team. Hickett’s finished his season as the second overall defenseman in scoring with 64 points (12G-52A) setting some Victoria Royals records for defenseman along the way (52 assists and 27 powerplay assists). The Royals are currently in a bind down two games to none versus the powerhouse Kelowna Rockets and they will be hoping Hicketts can help lead the charge back with his formidable end-to-end play from the backend. Look for this young reargard to head back to Victoria for another season where he will use his leadship and experience to help build Victoria into a contender and also help stave off the competition in 2016 in what Canada hopes to be a repeat performance at the World Junior’s in Finland. Travis Watson


December 2014- Joe Hicketts is a real dynamic talent who plays a complete 200-foot game for the Victoria Royals of the WHL. The Kamloops, BC native is one prospect who’s probably increased his value the most of any other over the past six months. Hicketts impressed the Detroit Red Wings brass during his development camp invite enough to warrant a three-year entry-level deal and it looks like a shrewd move. He’s elevated his play this season and sits as the current highest scoring CHL defenseman coming into the holiday season. As a result, he has forced himself into Team Canada’s top six for the 2015 WJHC. He’s a real offensive dynamo from the backend capable of creating offense at any moment. Hicketts has tremendous hockey IQ and has proven to be quite deadly on the powerplay. Hicketts has shown considerable promise over the past six months, but needs to kick the injury bug and prove more durable. One of the main reasons he went undrafted is because he had to go under the knife for shoulder surgery which led him to ballooning up to 200 pounds which really affected his game and led him to being held off the final NHL Draft Prospect rankings. Hicketts gets the last laugh and now all 29 other teams who passed him by will get to watch him work on the world stage of the 2015 WJHC. Travis Watson

Fantasy Upside 3.5
NHL Certainty 5.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 4, 1996
Height 5‘8”
Weight 180 lbs
Drafted No


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Okanagan Hockey Academy U18U18 AAA51 17 3754 44|        
  Okanagan HA U18 PrepCSSHL U1812 6 612 14|Playoffs2 0 00
  BCMML Sabres 1BC U17 Cup- - -- -|        
  Team British Columbia WCCC-16- 0 11 -|        
  Canada U16 YOG6 0 55 2|        
 2012-2013 Victoria RoyalsWHL67 6 1824 45|Playoffs6 0 11
  Canada Pacific U17WHC-175 1 56 2|        
 2013-2014 Victoria RoyalsWHL36 6 1824 12|Playoffs9 0 22
  Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 0 22 8|        
  Canada U18WJC-187 1 34 10|        
 2014-2015 Victoria RoyalsWHL62 12 5264 48|Playoffs10 0 55 10 
  WHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 1 12 0|        
  Canada U20WJC-207 0 33 2|        
 2015-2016 Victoria RoyalsWHL59 8 5361 44|Playoffs6 1 67
  Canada U20WJC-205 1 23 4|        
  WHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 22 0|        
 2016-2017 Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL73 7 2734 40|Playoffs19 1 78
 2017-2018 Detroit Red WingsNHL5 0 33 2|        
  Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL67 3 912 32|Playoffs5 0 22
 2018-2019 Detroit Red WingsNHL11 0 00 0|        
  Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL64 3 2427 67|Playoffs5 0 11
 2019-2020 Detroit Red WingsNHL6 0 22 2|        
  Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL50 2 2527 18|        
 2020-2021 Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL32 1 1718 19|        
 2021-2022 Iowa WildAHL61 12 1931 35|        
 2022-2023 Iowa WildAHL72 6 4248 69|Playoffs2 0 11
 2023-2024 Ontario ReignAHL29 1 1920 10|