J.J. Piccinich
Image: NHL

J.J. Piccinich

Hometown:

Paramus New Jersey

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1996-06-12

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

4th round (103rd overall), 2014

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2010-11: J.J. Piccinich scored 22 goals with 23 assists as a freshman at Paramus High School in New Jersey.

 

2011-12: Piccinich skated for the North Jersey Avalanche junior team in the Atlantic Youth Hockey league and was the leading scorer for Paramus as a sophomore. He scored 23 goals with 19 assists and had 16 penalty minutes in 22 games for the Avalanche. Piccinich scored 37 goals with 28 assists as Paramus captured the Big North Silver regular season and playoff championships. He was invited to the USA Hockey National Team Development Camp and was selected by London in the sixth round (118th overall) in the 2012 OHL Priority Draft. In June he participated in the Liberty Bell Games tournament for top prospects in the USA Hockey Atlantic District.

 

2012-13: Piccinich skated in the USHL with the Youngstown Phantoms and in September committed to playing college hockey at Boston University in 2014-15. He scored 3 goals with 12 assists and was -14 with 4 penalty minutes in 63 regular season games. Youngstown finished third in the Eastern Conference and reached the second round in the playoffs. Piccinich scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was +2 in nine playoff games.

 

2013-14: Piccinich was the second-leading scorer for Youngstown skating on the team’s top line with 2015 draft-eligible Kyle Connor and Maxim Letunov (STL) in what was an otherwise disappointing season for the Phantoms. Piccinich scored 27 goals with 31 assists and was minus-12 with 31 penalty minutes in 60 games; scoring 13 of his goals with 11 assists on the Youngstown power play. The Phantoms missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Eastern Conference. Piccinich was ranked 135th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Toronto in the fourth round (103rd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

 

Defense and right wing positions hold lots of promise for Toronto Maple Leafs organization

by Ed Dermit
on

Tom Nilsson - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Defenseman Tom Nilsson is one of several prospects who are in their first year with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ minor league organization. (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

Over the last few years, the Toronto Maple Leafs have utilized the NHL Draft to build depth across all positions within their prospect ranks. While the question of how much of an impact that depth will have on the parent club is hard to gauge, the Leafs most recent training camp showed that depth is translating into competition for roster spots at the NHL level.

Read more»

Several Toronto Maple Leafs prospects face high expectations in 2014-15 season

by Ed Dermit
on

Tyler Biggs - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: Forward Tyler Biggs will look to have a bounce back 2014-15 season in the AHL. Biggs was a former first round pick from 2011. (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)

 

After years of sacrificing high draft picks for quick fix solutions, which eventually led to a lack of depth in their minor league system, the Toronto Maple Leafs have turned a corner in the quality and depth of their player development pipeline. That youth injection is getting stronger with prospects Matt Finn, Connor Brown, and Antoine Bibeau potentially joining the Leafs’ minor league affiliates for the 2014-15 season. Other prospects, such as Andreas Johnson and Carter Verhaeghe, will look to build on their solid performances in 2014-15.

Read more»

2014 NHL Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs draft review

by Ed Dermit
on

William Nylander - Toronto Maple Leafs

Photo: William Nylander was one of five forwards the Toronto Maple Leafs selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. Toronto drafted Nylander eighth overall. (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs‘ director of amateur scouting, Dave Morrison, used the 2014 NHL Draft to select players with a strong competitive demeanor and good offensive upside.

Read more»