Joel Chouinard
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Joel Chouinard

Hometown:

Longueuil Quebec

Team:

AHL

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-04-08

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

6th round (167th overall), 2008

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: This marked the Joel Chouinard's first full season with the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL), a 74 game campaign that resulted in seven goals and 15 points. He also tallied 61 penalty minutes in his second year of professional hockey. Campbell is set to head overseas for the 2009-10 season, as he joined up with TPS of the SM-Liiga.

2007-08: Chouinard improved his offensive numbers this season, netting a personal best seven goals and 35 points through 69 games with the Tigres (QMJHL). His 95 minutes spent in the penalty box were another career high for the D-man.

2008-09: The Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) defenseman scored a career-high 12 goals and 35 points this season, Chouinard's third straight campaign with the club.

2009-10: Chouinard was the top offensive defensemen for Victoriaville as the Tigres went from being in the middle-of-the-pack to winning a club-best 46 games and reaching the QMJHL semifinals. In 65 regular season games he was +23 and scored 23 goals with 45 assists. Chouinard scored 13 power play goals for the Tigres and was named to the QMJHL First All-Star team. Chouinard was at his best in the playoffs, scoring 3 goals with 10 assists and finishing +2 with 6 PMs. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Colorado in May 2010.

2010-11: Chouinard got off to a fast start for AHL Lake Erie in his first pro season, registering 13 points in his first 18 games. But his scoring pace slowed as the season went on and he appeared in just 35 games; missing a large portion of the season due to a broken collarbone. Chouinard finished the regular season with 8 goals, scoring four times on the power play, and had 9 assists with 14 PMs. He finished -3 for the season. Chouinard skated in 2 of 7 playoff games for the Monsters and was +2 with no points or penalties.

2011-12: Chouinard skated in 53 games for Colorado's AHL affiliate Lake Erie in his second pro season. With impressive rookies Stefan Elliott and Tyson Barrie spending time with the Monsters, Chouinard's ice time and power play opportunities were limited. He finished the year minus-four with 10 assists and 43 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Chouinard skated in ten games with Colorado's AHL affiliate Lake Erie and spent most of the season in the Central Hockey League with the Denver Cutthroats. In his third pro season, he opened the year with Denver and was re-called by Lake Erie when the NHL lockout ended. In eight games with the Monsters he was -2 with no points and 11 games before being returned to Denver in February. He returned to Lake Erie for two games in April and was +1 with no points nor penalties. In 42 CHL games with the Cutthroats he scored 6 goals with 14 assists and was +3 with 28 penalty minutes. Denver reached the CHL playoffs after finishing eighth and Chouinard saw action in all five playoff games against Allen; finishing -3 with no points and 8 penalty minutes. Chouinard was not tendered a contract by the Avalanche and became an unrestricted free agent in June, 2013.

 

Talent Analysis

Chouinard is an offensive rearguard who is most comfortable in his opponents' zone, particularly on the powerplay where he can utilize his blistering slapshot.

 

Future

If he can improve his defensive zone play and avoid the injury bug, he will accelerate his path to the NHL. He has the offensive skills to be a contributor on the powerplay at the NHL level.

 

Defense and goaltending remain strengths in Colorado Avalanche top 20

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Tyson Barrie - Colorado Avalanche

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The Colorado Avalanche’s defensive and goaltending prospects occupy eight of its top 10 spots. From offensive-minded defensemen to stay at home defenders, the Avs’ future on the blue line is looking bright. The biggest problem Colorado is facing is a lack of premium offensive talent in its system. Michael Sgarbossa and Joey Hishon have the potential to be impact NHL players, but the list ends there. Colorado is stacked with undersized forwards who consistently get hurt playing too physically on the ice.

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