Pierre-Olivier Joseph

Pittsburgh Penguins

Fantasy Summary

A smart defenseman who transitions the puck quickly up the ice, Joseph offers fantasy upside but will be a few years before we see him in the NHL.

Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth July 1, 1999
Height 6‘2”
Weight 161 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 1; Overall: 23


June 2019 – The 19-year-old was traded with Alex Galchenyuk from the Coyotes to Pittsburgh for Phil Kessel, Dane Birks and a fourth-round pick. Joseph’s mobility and transition game are excellent, which helps him to jump into the play when his team has the puck and run a power play. It also allows him to react defensively, helped by an active stick and a solid hockey IQ. His challenge will be to strengthen his 6-2, 161-pound frame. He’ll have time in the AHL to accomplish that and dial back a habit of taking bad penalties. He still has three years on his entry-level deal. Mark Allan

December 2018 – It’s been a tough couple weeks for Joseph. After many expected the mobile blue-liner to be a major part of Team Canada for the 2019 WJC, he was instead a early cut from camp. About two weeks later, now it been reported that the Isles captain has been traded to Drummondville Voltigeurs from Charlottetown for 18-year-old defenseman Xavier Bernard and some top draft picks in return. So far this campaign, Joseph has seven goals and 25 points in 27 games with Charlottetown, good for sixth among defenseman scoring in the QMJHL. Keith Duggan

October 2018- After a solid camp with the Coyotes, Joseph heads back to Charlottetown for his final and hopefully most successful year. The Isles captain has played a key role in helping the squad reach the QMJHL semifinal the past two years and hopes to see the team reach a higher goal this season. Also he’s expected to have a big role with Canada’s team for the 2019 World Junior Championship. Keith Duggan

July 2018- Joseph put together an excellent 2017-18 season, playing a strong all around game for the Charlottetown Islanders. The Islanders were expected to finish as one of the worst teams in the QMJHL after losing veterans and bringing in young and inexperienced players. Instead they finished ninth in the regular season and advanced to the playoff semifinals before falling to regular season champ Blainville-Boisbriand in game seven. Joseph as team captain was given much of the credit for his leadership off and on the ice and strong play.  He finished with 13 goals and 46 points in 63 games but the points don’t tell the whole story as Joseph played a ton in all situations. His defensive game improved from the previous year while he still excelled at transitioning the puck up the ice quickly. Joseph still needs to put some weight on his slight frame, weighing just 168 pounds, gaining on two pounds from when Joseph was drafted last June. He lives with the team nutritionist and has tried very hard to put weight on but with little success. Joseph will play 2018-19 in the QMJHL for one last year and should be a big part of Team Canada’s squad for the 2019 World Junior Tournament. Keith Duggan


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Richelieu Voyageurs QC Int PW 2 0 1 1 0 |          
 2011-2012 Richelieu Gaulois QC Int PW 3 0 0 0 0 |          
 2012-2013 École Fadette Vert et Noir Bntm QBAAA 28 0 3 3 14 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
 2013-2014 École Fadette Vert et Noir Bntm QBAAA 29 4 13 17 4 | Playoffs 5 1 1 2
 2014-2015 Saint-Hyacinthe Gaulois QMAAA 42 3 8 11 18 |          
 2015-2016 Saint-Hyacinthe Gaulois QMAAA 19 1 9 10 12 |          
  Charlottetown Islanders QMJHL 48 1 7 8 30 | Playoffs 12 1 2 3
 2016-2017 Charlottetown Islanders QMJHL 62 6 33 39 54 | Playoffs 13 1 5 6 12 
 2017-2018 Charlottetown Islanders QMJHL 63 13 33 46 59 | Playoffs 18 1 11 12 24 
 2018-2019 Charlottetown Islanders QMJHL 27 7 18 25 36 |          
  Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 35 2 20 22 26 | Playoffs 16 2 7 9
 2019-2020 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL - - - - - |