Joel Edmundson
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Joel Edmundson

Hometown:

Brandon Manitoba

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-06-28

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-5

Acquired:

2nd round (46th overall), 2011

Weight:

208 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Joel Edmundson was chosen in the sixth round, 121st overall, of the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft by the Moose Jaw Warriors.

2008-09: Edmundson skated for the Brandon Wheat Kings Midget AAA team.

2009-10: Edmundson played for the Brandon Wheat Kings midget AAA team in the MMHL. In 44 games, he scored 10 goals and added 35 assists for 45 points to go along with 54 penalty minutes. In 7 playoff games, he notched 5 assists.

2010-11: In his WHL rookie season, Edmundson played in 71 games for the Warriors. He scored 2 goals and added 18 assists for 20 points while adding on 95 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Edmundson provided both toughness and supplementary scoring for Moose Jaw in his second season of junior hockey. The Warriors finished first in the WHL's East Division yet had six players with 80 or more penalty minutes. Edmundson was plus-13 with 4 goals and 19 assists in 56 games and his 91 penalty minutes were fourth-most on the team. Moose Jaw reached the playoff semifinals and Edmundson was plus-2 with 3 goals and 2 assists and had 12 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games.

2012-13: Edmundson went from struggling Moose Jaw to playoff-bound Kamloops in a January trade in his third WHL season. The move seemed to spark both the Blazers and Edmundson as his experience solidified a young defense corps and Edmundson finished with 17 points in his last 34 games after scoring 2 goals with 6 assists in 29 games for Moose Jaw. In 63 games between the two teams he scored 9 goals with 16 assists and was -2 (+9 with Kamloops) with 141 penalty minutes. Kamloops reached the Western Conference finals after finishing second in the B.C. Division. Edmundson scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was +2 with 29 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with St. Louis in March, 2013.

 

Talent Analysis

Edmundson has good size, but will have to improve foot his speed. Goaltenders will love him, as he is capable of physically clearing the area in front of his own goal. The tough defender can deliver devastating body checks but still needs to improve his angling, reverse pivoting and gap control. He's starting to show some offensive upside to his game, makes a good first pass up the ice and possesses a hard, heavy shot from the point. The big blueliner could grow into a potential top-four defenseman at the NHL level.

 

 

Future

Edumundson is a very talented defender and proved it in 2012-13. After being traded to the Kamloops Blazers, he was able to demonstrate both his offensive and defensive skills. He could become major part of the Blues’ defense, but for now will fight for a spot with the AHL club.

 

Several St. Louis Blues CHL prospects enjoyed long 2012 post-season

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Photo: Goaltender Jordan Binnington had a rough post-season posting an 0-2 record and a 5.00 goals against average. (CHL Images)

 

Plenty of St. Louis prospects made noise during their team's respective postseason runs with several bringing home league championships. Two prospects were integral to Saint John's run toward their second consecutive QMJHL Championship while a third Quebec League prospect came out on top at the Memorial Cup. The Blues were also represented on the Swedish Elite League champion Brynas team. Several other prospects ranked among their league's top scorers during the playoffs despite falling short of the championship.

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