2006-07: Joe Piskula helped anchor a solid Badgers defensive corps once again this season. He played in 38 games and posted five points (one goal, four assists). His lone goal of the season came a little less than two weeks ago in Wisconsin’s 3-2 win over Denver in the opening round of the WCHA conference playoffs. Signed to a three year entry level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.
2007-08: Piskula entered this season arguably second on the depth charts for defensive defensemen behind Richard Petiot. However, Petiot was slow to regain his old form after the debilitating knee injury of a year ago and Piskula jumped Petiot as the lead potential call-up to Los Angeles for a physical defenseman until Piskula suffered an injury of his own which robbed him of the month of January. Having spent the entire season with Manchester, Piskula finished the season with far more penalty minutes than points.
2008-09: Solid and steady on the blueline, Piskula continued his play as a defensive defenseman. The organizational shift towards reducing shots on goal and increased emphasis on blocking shots helped Piskula maintain a steady job in Manchester. He scored 12 points in 67 games but went largely un-noticed on the ice at times – sometimes a positive attribute in defensemen. Fully recovered from his knee injury, Piskula quietly shut down opposing forwards.
Piskula is a defensive defenseman with good size. For a man who is 6’3" and 212 pounds, he skates remarkably well with deceptive speed and can move the puck quite effectively. His smart, sound defensive zone play and great mobility are two of Piskula’s attributes that have gotten many in the scouting community taking notice.
While it is unlikely that he’ll ever become a high scoring defenseman, Piskula is a serviceable defensive defenseman. Piskula was dealt from the Calgary Flames to the Nashville Predators in February of 2013, and is likely to serve as a depth player in the Predators system.