Joel L’Esperance

Dallas Stars
Photo courtesy of TexasStars.com

Fantasy Summary

Big, heavy grinding centreman with offensive upside. Above-average skater. Natural goal-scorer who has all the right tools to score goals at the NHL level.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth August 18, 1995
Height 6‘2”
Weight 201 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

February 2020 – L’Esperance busted out of a six game pointless streak against the Niagara Ice Dogs with two power play goals. In addition, he had the opportunity to get his first career AHL hat trick but could not beat Collin Delia on a penalty shot. After lighting up the league last year and coming within four goals of the league leader (he tallied 30 goals in 54 games), L’Esperance has come back to earth this season. Last year L’esperance was shooting at a very high rate of 19.0%, and that percentage has come back closer to the norm this year at 12.3%. With only a slightly elevated shot per game rate, this is the reason that his  goal total has dropped by 33.3%. In saying that, L’Esperance is Texas’ second leading scorer and has to be near the top of the list for a call up by Jim Nill, add that to the fact that he can play in a bottom six role and it only helps his case in the future. Jordan Lambe

 

February 2019 – In his first year out of college, the undrafted centre has exploded onto the AHL scene. Boasting 41 points in 48 games and a trip to the AHL all-star game in his rookie season, L’Esperance also currently leads the league in goals with 26. Joel now looks to be a top candidate to earn a call-up to the big team after being a long-shot at the beginning of the season. Nate Duffett


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Compuware 14U AAA T1EHL 14U 31 9 7 16 28 |          
 2010-2011 Compuware 16U AAA T1EHL 16U 36 18 18 36 14 |          
 2011-2012 Compuware 18U AAA HPHL 18U 26 13 6 19 32 |          
  Tri-City Storm USHL 2 0 0 0 0 |          
 2012-2013 Tri-City Storm USHL 49 10 9 19 57 |          
 2013-2014 Tri-City Storm USHL 35 21 13 34 28 |          
  Sioux City Musketeers USHL 25 6 8 14 16 | Playoffs 8 1 0 1 10 
 2014-2015 Michigan Tech NCAA 29 7 10 17 18 |          
 2015-2016 Michigan Tech NCAA 35 16 10 26 16 |          
 2016-2017 Michigan Tech NCAA 44 11 17 28 53 |          
 2017-2018 Michigan Tech NCAA 44 12 15 27 45 |          
  Texas Stars AHL 9 1 1 2 0 | Playoffs 22 1 3 4
 2018-2019 Dallas Stars NHL 18 2 0 2 6 |          
  Texas Stars AHL 54 30 15 45 23 |          
 2019-2020 Dallas Stars NHL 3 1 0 1 2 |          
  Texas Stars AHL 58 25 15 40 39 |          

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