Joe Basaraba
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Joe Basaraba

Hometown:

Fort Frances Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-05-02

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

3rd round (69th overall), 2010

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Joe Basaraba was selected in the second round (22nd overall) of the 2008 OHL priority draft but chose to retain his college eligibility and attended Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, MN instead. He scored 20 goals with 22 assists in 50 games with 48 PIM.

2009-10: Basaraba played a second season with Shattuck-St. Mary’s. He scored 24 goals and added 22 assists for 46 points. He committed to attending the University of Minnesota-Duluth for the fall of 2010.

2010-11: Basaraba gradually worked his way into the Minnesota-Duluth lineup as a freshman, appearing in 36 of 42 games for the national champion Bulldogs. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was -4 with 20 PMs. Basaraba had an assist in the Bulldogs’ 4-3 win over Notre Dame in the Frozen Four semifinals.

2011-12: Basaraba emerged as a full-time, two-way player with a strong physical component to his game in his sophomore season at Minnesota-Duluth. He played in 40 of 41 games for the Bulldogs; scoring 7 goals with 9 assists and was plus-eight with 58 penalty minutes (one minute fewer than team-leader J.T. Brown). Three of Basaraba’s seven goals were game-winners. After finishing second in the WCHA, the Bulldogs lost in double overtime to Denver in a WCHA tournament semifinal game and were defeated by eventual NCAA champion Boston College in the Northeast Regional Final.

2012-13: Basaraba skated in 37 games and scored a career-high 10 goals in his junior season at Minnesota-Duluth. Skating mostly in a second and third line role for the offensively-challenged squad, he also had 7 assists and was -6 with 40 penalty minutes. The Bulldogs slipped to an uncharacteristic ninth place in their final season in the WCHA and were swept by Wisconsin in a first round playoff series. Basaraba missed the first game of the series due to illness and returned the following night but was -1 with no points nor penalty minutes.

2013-14: Basaraba made his debut in pro hockey — joining the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones following his senior season at Minnesota-Duluth. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +7 with 2 penalty minutes in 10 regular season games for the Cyclones. Basaraba played in three playoff games as Cincinnati reached the Kelly Cup finals and was -1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes. In 35 games for Minnesota-Duluth he scored 8 goals with 10 assists and was +7 with 35 penalty minutes.  The Bulldogs tied Western Michigan for fourth place in the inaugural season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and were swept by the Broncos in a best-of-three NCHC quarterfinal series. Basaraba was not tendered a contract by the Panthers; becoming an unrestricted free agent. 

Talent Analysis

Basaraba is a big player with a hard shot who likes to hit. He has developed into a two-way forward who works hard in both zones. He does not score a lot of goals but can play in all situations and can kill penalties and generate turnovers.

Future

Basaraba was invited to training camp by the Panthers as a free agent but was not signed and subsequently signed an AHL contract with the San Antonio Rampage for the 2014-15 season. He saw limited ice time with the Rampage and is now with the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones. While he is scoring consistently in the ECHL, his long-term potential appears limited. With his skating ability and size he could one day be an effective checking-line player and penalty killer in the NHL but more than that would be a bonus.

2010 NHL Draft: Franchise-record 13 selections buffs blueline, depth chart for Florida Panthers

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Photo: Nick Bjugstad has become a solid goal scorer, this season netting 24 markers in 72 games. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Nick Bjugstad has become a solid NHL goal scorer, this season netting 24 in 72 games. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon amassed a staggering 13 picks for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the most in franchise history. Although the Panthers had an abysmal 32-37-13 season, the team owned three first round picks, assuring to reinvigorate the franchise with talent and youth. After employing the likes of Bryan McCabe, Steve Reinprecht, and Cory Stillman in the twilight of their careers, Florida desperately needed impact players at key positions. Read more»

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