Joe Gleason
Image: U. of North Dakota

Joe Gleason

Hometown:

Edina Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1990-03-30

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2008

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

7th round (192nd overall), 2008

Weight:

178 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2007-08: Joe Gleason capped a sensational career at Edina High School, where he led the Hornets in scoring among defensemen with 42 points (nine goals, 33 assists) in 31 games. His 33 assists ranked second on the team, while his 43 points was tied for seventh in the state in defenseman scoring. Gleason averaged 1.35 points per game this season and also served as one of Edina’s tri-captains. Gleason’s crowning individual achievement this season was being named one of the finalists for the prestigious Mr. Hockey Award. He was also named to the Class AA All-Tournament team and to the Pioneer Press All-State First team. In addition, Gleason was also named to both the AP and Star-Tribune All-Metro Second Teams.

2008-09: Gleason spent the season with Des Moines in the USHL. The blueliner scored 5 goals, 16 assists for 21 points in 59 games for the Buccaneers.

2009-10: Gleason registered 9 assists in 39 games for the University of North Dakota. The blueliner played a regular shift on the power play in addition to even strength ice time as a freshman.

2010-11: With a talented and crowded blue line at North Dakota, Gleason appeared in only 22 games as a sophomore. He scored 1 goal and 3 assists in that time, often lining up as a fourth line forward rather than his natural position on defense.

2011-12: Gleason seized a full-time role on the blue line for North Dakota as a junior. In 41 games for the Fighting Sioux he had 15 assists and was minus-six with 14 penalty minutes. North Dakota  finished fourth in the WCHA in the regular season and captured the Broadmoor Trophy playoff championship after back-to-back wins over Minnesota and Denver. Minnesota returned the favor in the NCAA West regional final, defeating North Dakota, 5-2 to end the Fighting Sioux season.

2012-13: Joe Gleason had the best offensive season of his career in his senior year, scoring three of his five goals on the power play for North Dakota. Teamed with fellow Chicago prospect Nick Mattson late in the year after skating with Dillon Simpson (Edmonton), he skated in 41 of 42 games and also had 13 assists; finishing +3 with 18 penalty minutes. North Dakota finished third in the WCHA and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after an overtime loss to Colorado College in the WCHA Final Five semifinals. The Fighting Sioux lost to eventual national champion Yale, 4-1, in the NCAA West Regional Final.

 

Talent Analysis

Gleason is an offensive defenseman with good speed. Despite his diminutive stature, Gleason’s tenacity, determination and fiercely competitive nature served him very well in high school in demonstrating that he could effectively go up against bigger opposing players. Gleason has quick feet and transitions exceedingly well. He possesses a very good burst of speed and acceleration. He keeps his feet moving.

His great poise and patience with the puck, along with the ability to move really well with it makes him a good quarterback on the power play. Gleason distributes the puck quite well and can make some really nice outlet passes too. His speed and great puck skills also allow him to effectively jump up into plays or lead rushes. While he can transition back to defense quickly, his lack of size may make that part of his game a bigger challenge at the collegiate level and beyond. Gleason also possesses a terrific wrist shot. He can get pucks on net and will shoot as often as the opportunities present themselves.

Getting stronger will be key to Gleason’s future success.

 

Future

Gleason capped off his collegiate career with his best offensive season for North Dakota. Although he is not likely in the Blackhawks plans going forward, Gleason has the puck-moving ability and work ethic to help a minor league club.

 

Chicago Blackhawks own a deep pool of prospects developing in NCAA and Europe

by Brad Gardner
on

Kevin Hayes - Boston College

Photo: Boston College center Kevin Hayes was scoring at close to a point-per-game pace before his junior season was cut short by a leg injury (courtesy of Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks possess a deep pool of blueliners at the collegiate level, from imposing physical presences like Stephen Johns and Michael Paliotta to smooth skaters Justin Holl and Nick Mattson. Centers Kevin Hayes, a first round draft choice in 2010, and Drew LeBlanc, recently signed as a free agent out of St. Cloud State, are also high-profile prospects who developed at the NCAA level in 2012-13.

Read more»

2008 draft class has yielded little for Chicago Blackhawks

by Brad Gardner
on
Shawn Lalonde - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: Defenseman Shawn Lalonde, the Blackhawks second pick at 68th overall, is one of several prospects from Chicago's 2008 class who is still developing at the minor league level. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

 
Of the seven selections made by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008, only sixth-round pick Ben Smith has seen any time with the NHL club. Several prospects remain in the minor league system and college level, but none of them are surefire NHL prospects at this point in their careers.

Read more»

Depth at center and on defense strengths of Chicago Blackhawks’ system

by Brad Gardner
on
Dylan Olsen - Chicago Blackhawks

Photo: One of the top defensive prospects in the Chicago Blackhawks prospect pool, Dylan Olsen will look to continue rounding out his game in Rockford in 2012-13. (courtesy of Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

 
A significant number of early-round draft picks in recent years have put the Chicago Blackhawks system among the deepest organizations in the league. Although there may not be much in the way of blue-chip talent, the system has multiple NHL-caliber prospects at each position and plenty of players competing at the AHL level.

Read more»