Joey LaLeggia
Image: Denver University

Joey LaLeggia

Hometown:

Burnaby British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1992-06-24

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

5th round (123rd overall), 2012

Weight:

181 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: After appearing in two games for Penticton in 2008-09, Joey LaLeggia was among the top offensive defensemen in the BCHL in his first full season with the Vees. In 54 games he scored 13 goals and led all BCHL defensemen with 52 assists. The Vees finished second in the Interior Division and lost to Vernon in the conference finals in the playoffs. In 16 playoff games LaLeggia scored 2 goals with 10 assists and had 8 penalty minutes.

2010-11: LaLeggia led all scorers for Penticton in his second season with the Vees. In 58 games he scored 20 goals with 62 assists and had 47 penalty minutes. Penticton again finished second in the Interior Division but lost in the conference quarterfinals in the playoffs. In nine playoff games LaLeggia scored 1 goal with 9 assists and had 12 penalty minutes. Laleggia was named the BCHL Interior Division's top defenseman and committed to playing college hockey at the University of Denver in 2011-12.

2011-12: LaLeggia skated in 43 games for the University of Denver as a freshman and was named the WCHA's Rookie of the Year. He scored 11 goals with 27 assists and was plus-13 with 35 penalty minutes. After finishing third in the WCHA during the regular season, the Pioneers reached the conference championship game and were an at-large selection for the NCAA tournament. In his third year of draft eligibility, Laleggia was not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft but was selected by Edmonton in the fifth round (123rd overall).

2012-13: Laleggia played 39 games for Denver in his sophomore season and led Pioneers defenseman with 11 goals. He also had 18 assists and was -7 with 31 penalty minutes. Six of his 11 goals came on the power play. The Pioneers tied for fourth in the WCHA and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after falling to rival Colorado College in a three-game WCHA playoff series. Denver lost to New Hampshire, 5-2, in the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinals.

 

Talent Analysis

LaLeggia is a puck-moving defender that has above average hockey sense and processes the game at a very high rate. He has fluid skating skills, is an excellent passer, and can control the powerplay. The small defender is an offensive blueliner that can score but has difficulty with physicality in the defensive zone. He is a long shot to ever play in the NHL on defense at his present size.

 

Future

LaLeggia will play his junior season at the University of Denver, after a mildly disappointing sophomore season. While his performance was not terrible, he failed to build upon his modest contributions in his freshman year. The 2013-14 season will be a make-or-break season for the undersized defenseman who would also do well to increase his size and physicality.

 

2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: Boston College, UMass Lowell bring Hockey East flavor to Northeast Regional

by DJ Powers
on

Johnny Gaudreau - Boston College

Photo: Boston College forward and Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau will lead the Eagles into the NCAA Northeast Regional after that school missed out on a Hockey East Tournament title (courtesy of Justin Berl/Icon SMI)

The Northeast Regional of the 2014 NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament is the first of two regionals that takes place on March 29th and 30th. This regional takes place at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.

Read more»

Deep pool of Edmonton Oilers prospects developing in NCAA and overseas

by Kady Hobbins
on

Bogdan Yakimov - Team Russia

Photo: Bogdan Yakimov (right), a 2013 third round pick by Edmonton, served as an alternate captaion for Team Russia at the 2014 WJC but contributed only two points on the score sheet (courtesy of LUDVIG THUNMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Edmonton Oilers have a healthy group of young talent in their European and NCAA prospect talent pools – while no single player stands out as a front runner for NHL success, a number of mid-rounders like Anton Slepyshev, Bogdan Yakimov, and Dillon Simpson show promising talent and a likelihood to at least earn a look at the top level.

Read more»

Darnell Nurse takes top spot in Edmonton Oilers Top 20

by Kady Hobbins
on

Darnell Nurse - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Photo: Sault Ste. Marie captain Darnell Nurse ranks fourth among OHL blueliners with 48 points in 58 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

In this spring update, the Oilers’ Top 20 rankings saw the graduations of Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz, leaving future franchise defenseman Darnell Nurse to lead the charge.

Read more»

Loaded defense the strength of Edmonton Oilers prospect system

by Kady Hobbins
on

David Musil - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: David Musil is part of a deep and talented pool of defensive prospects for the Edmonton Oilers (courtesy of Steven Alkok/Icon SMI)

The Edmonton Oilers have a diverse group of talent in their pipeline, most notably in their pool of 13 defensive prospects. Edmonton’s 2013 first round pick Darnell Nurse has been particularly impressive in his few outings as an Oiler.

Read more»

Behind Yakupov, defensemen are the strength of Edmonton Oilers Top 20

by Kady Hobbins
on

Justin Schultz - Edmonton Oilers

Photo: Offensive-minded defenseman Justin Schultz leads a deep and talented defensive pipeline for the Edmonton Oilers (courtesy of Perry Nelson/Getty Images)

The Edmonton Oilers organization underwent some changes during the off-season with new general manager Craig MacTavish making some big moves at the 2013 NHL Draft as well as during the free agent frenzy. Many of the signings were already at the NHL level hence why there was not a great influx of new prospects here, but you can be sure that things will continue to be shaken up as we head into the 2013-14 season.

Read more»

Related Articles