Dakota Joshua

Hometown:

Dearborn Michigan

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1996-05-15

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

5th round (128th overall), 2014

Weight:

182 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2011-12: Dakota Joshua skated for the Honeybaked U16 midget team in Michigan. In 29 games he scored 13 goals with 8 assists and 16 penalty minutes. Honeybaked finished second to Chicago Mission in the High Performance Hockey League standings. Joshua was invited to the USA Hockey Select National Team Evaluation Camp.

2012-13: Joshua played for four different teams as a 16-year-old — appearing in one USHL game with the Sioux Falls Stampede, skating for the USA NTDP U17 team, and splitting the season between the Honeybaked U18 and U16 teams, He scored had an assist and was +2 in an April win over Omaha in his only game with the Stampede. Joshua scored 2 goals and was minus-6 with 2 penalty minutes in six games with the USA NTDP team. He had no points nor penalties in 11 games with the Honeybaked U18 team and in 18 games with the club’s U16 squad he scored 12 goals with 10 assists and 18 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Joshua joined Sioux Falls on a full-time basis and in January committed to playing college hockey at Ohio State in 2015-16. He scored 17 goals with 21 assists and was +6 with 58 penalty minutes. The Stampede finished fourth in the Western Conference and were swept by first-place Waterloo in a first round series. Joshua had no points and was minus-2 with 8 penalty minutes in three playoff games. He was ranked 157th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Toronto in the fifth round (128th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Joshua is a raw but offensively dynamic forward prospect. His tall frame suggests he can be a powerful force once he adds strength and bulk. He is in his second year in the USHL before playing college hockey and should have time to hone his game and mature physically.

Future

Joshua is skating for the USHL's Sioux Falls Stampede in 2014-15 before heading to Ohio State University next fall. He is the Stampede's third-leading scorer as Sioux Falls battles with Des Moines for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Long-range Joshua projects as an offensively-inclined forward with the size to compete in the small areas. He will have time to refine his skills and add the bulk and strength necessary to play pro hockey during his college career.

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