Joey Hishon
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Joey Hishon

Hometown:

Stratford Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1991-10-20

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

1st round (17th overall), 2010

Weight:

166 lbs.

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History

2006-07: Joey Hishon was selected eighth overall in the 2007 OHL Priority Selection by the Owen Sound Attack.  He played for the Stratford AA Midgets, scoring 44 goals and adding 42 assists for 86 points in 50 games.

2007-08: In his rookie season in the OHL, Hishon scored 20 goals and added 27 assists for 47 points in 63 games for the Owen Sound Attack.  He played for Team Ontario at the 2008 World U-17 Hockey Challenge.

2008-09: Hishon led the Attack in scoring this season, netting 37 goals whle adding 44 assists for 81 points in 65 games.  In the 2009 OHL playoffs, he scored 4 goals and added 3 assists in four games for the Attack.

2009-10: In 36 games for the Attack, Hishon scored 16 goals and added 24 assists for 40 points while finishing with a +10 rating for the season.  In 4 playoff games, Hishon scored 4 goals and added 3 assists for 7 points.  Hishon played for Team Orr at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game.

2010-11: Hishon was the leading scorer for Memorial Cup-bound Owen Sound despite skating in just 50 games during the regular season for the Attack. Hishon scored 37 goals with a team-high 50 assists and was +16 with 64 PMs as Owen Sound finished first in the Midwest Division. Hishon missed several games due to a hand injury and also received a mid-season suspension. In 22 OHL playoff games he scored 5 goals with 19 assists and was +4 with 32 PMs as Owen Sound knocked off the league’s top team, Mississauga St. Michael’s, to capture the league crown. Hishon appeared in just one game at the Memorial Cup, suffering a season ending head injury on a hit from Kootenay’s Brayden McNabb (BUF).

2011-12: Hishon missed the entire season due to the lingering effects of a concussion suffered during the 2011 Memorial Cup.

2012-13: Hishon made his pro debut with Colorado AHL affiliate Lake Erie in March after nearly two years off the ice due to injury. He scored his first professional goal in his fifth game on March 29th against the Chicago Wolves and in nine games for the Monsters he scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes. Lake Erie finished third in the North Division but missed the AHL playoffs.

2013-14: Hishon made his NHL debut in Colorado’s first round playoff series with Minnesota. He skated in three games, including the decisive Game 7 which the Avalanche lost, 5-4, in overtime. He had 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes; averaging 6:12 minutes of ice time. After missing most of training camp due to a groin injury, Hishon skated in 50 games for Colorado AHL affiliate Lake Erie, missing most of February with an injury. He scored 10 goals with 14 assists and was minus-10 with 16 penalty minutes. The Monsters missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the North Division. Hishon was re-signed by Colorado to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July 2014. 

2014-15: Hishon appeared in 13 games with Colorado during the regular season, spending most of the year with Avalanche AHL affiliate Lake Erie in his third pro season. Hishon scored 1 goal with 1 and was -1, averaging 10 minutes of ice time while with the Avalanche. He scored 16 goals with 20 assists and was -7 with 34 penalty minutes in 53 regular season games for Lake Erie. The Monsters missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fourth in the Midwest Division. Hishon was re-signed by Colorado to a one-year contract in July 2015. 

Talent Analysis

Hishon has overcome a series of significant injuries, making his NHL debut in the 2014 playoffs, but the time away has hampered his development. A player who uses his speed to make up for his lack of size, Hishon was a prolific scorer in junior hockey but hasn’t found the confidence needed to showcase his offensive game at the NHL level. At the advice of Avalanche coaching staff, he spent the entire 2014-15 season working on his defensive game and was awarded with a long term call up.

Future

Hishon is skating for new Avalanche AHL affiliate San Antonio in 2015-16. A first-round pick in 2010 under the previous regime in Colorado, Hishon has yet to reach the potential envisioned when he was taken 17th overall. With the shift in philosophy under head coach Patrick Roy and general manager Joe Sakic, his lack of stature and inability to score on a consistent basis at the NHL level have made it tough for Hishon to secure a full-time role. Now 24, Hishon may need a fresh start elsewhere or could be a career AHL player. His skill set also suggests Europe is an option.

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