John Albert
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John Albert

Hometown:

Concord Ohio

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-01-19

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

6th round (175th overall), 2007

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2004-05: John Albert had a tremendous season playing for the Cleveland Barons Midget Major. He posted 94 points (34 goals, 60 assists) in 67 games.

2005-06: Albert enjoyed a very strong season for the US NTDP U-17 team. In 55 games, Albert scored 16 goals with 30 assists and 21 PIM. He was a big part of Team USA’s silver medal winning effort at the 2006 World U-17 Hockey Challenge with a goal and 8 assists in 7 games.

2006-07: Returned to Ann Arbor to play for the NTDP U-18 squad. In 47 games, Albert notched 33 points (10 goals, 23 assists) and only 12 PIM. He scored four power play goals. Much of his offense came in 22 games against NCAA opposition, where Albert scored five goals and 10 assists. In seven games with Team USA at the WJC U-18 tournament, he scored 1 goal with 2 assists.

2007-08: Albert stood out as a freshman on an Ohio State team enduring one of its tougher seasons in recent memory. While his offense numbers appeared average at first glance – 4 goals, 17 assists in 41 games – those numbers are skewed by the fact that the Buckeyes as a team had trouble scoring. The true picture of his worth was indicated in the fact that he received a lot of ice time and played in all situations. He was particularly effective in winning faceoffs and on the penalty kill. On a team that was out-scored by a wide margin, Albert’s plus/minus ranking of -4 was actually not bad.

2008-09: The Buckeyes were one of the biggest turnaround stories in the country and Albert was a big part of that – finishing as the team’s second leading scorer with 11 goals, 28 assists and a +12 plus/minus ranking. After winning just 12 games in 2007-08, Ohio State won 23 games and reached the NCAA tournament.

2009-10: In what would be long-time Buckeye coach John Markell’s final season behind the bench, the team struggled coming out of the game. Once again playing with new linemates, Albert’s offensive numbers dipped a bit as well – he had 6 goals and 24 assists in 39 games. However, Ohio State did come on the end and gave eventual NCAA runner-up Miami all it could handle in the CCHA quarterfinals before falling 2-1 in a decisive third game.

2010-11: Signing off on his college career, Albert wore the “C” for the Ohio State Buckeyes and was key player in all situations. Called in for key faceoffs and leading the first penalty kill unit, Albert showed leadership and versatility at all times. Signed to an AHL contract by the St. John’s IceCaps, Albert will need to display the hard-working characteristics that made him so effective for the Buckeyes in order to move up the depth chart for the Jets.

2011-12: Albert skated in 64 games for Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John’s in his first pro season. A solid two-way forward for the IceCaps, Albert’s plus-10 plus/minus was the third best mark amongst St. John’s skaters. Offensively he scored 9 goals with 18 assists and had 28 penalty minutes in 64 games. The IceDogs finished first in the Atlantic Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals. Albert played in all 15 playoff games and was plus-one with 3 goals, 2 assists and 8 penalty minutes. He was re-signed to an AHL contract by St. John’s in July, 2012.

2012-13: Albert played 24 games for the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps in his second pro season – missing time during the season due to a series of injuries – including back and shoulder problems and a season-ending broken hand after blocking a shot in March. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was an even plus/minus with 10 penalty minutes. The IceCaps missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Atlantic Division. Originally drafted by the then-Thrashers in 2007 but never tendered an NHL contract, Albert was signed to his first NHL deal with the Jets, a one-year free agent contract, in July 2013.

2013-14: Albert made his NHL debut with the Jets in December  — scoring his only goal in his first game on December 2nd against the New York Rangers — and led Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John’s with 28 goals in the regular season. He averaged five minutes of ice time and was minus-3 with no other points nor penalty minutes in nine NHL games. Albert played 63 regular season games for St. John’s and was plus-6 with 17 assists and 20 penalty minutes to go along with the 28 goals. The IceCaps finished second in the Atlantic Division but reached the Eastern Conference finals, defeating Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, before falling to the Texas Stars in the Calder Cup Finals. Albert scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was plus-3 with 18 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games. He was re-signed by the Jets as a restricted free agent to a one-year two-way contract in July 2014. 

Talent Analysis

Albert is a playmaking center, with sufficient quickness. He is an all-around strong center with great hands and passing ability who prefers to set up his teammates. He plays a responsible game in his own end. He is a fast skater who at times draws criticism for not shooting the puck often enough. He possesses a very good shot.

Future

Albert is in his third year of pro hockey — beginning the season with Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John's in 2014-15 after skating in nine games with the Jets last season. One of a handful of returning veteran forwards from the team that reached the Calder Cup finals in 2013-14, he will be counted on for scoring and could be one of the first players called up as an injury replacement. Long-term, Albert projects as a lower line forward at the NHL level who is capable of putting up big numbers in the AHL or in Europe.

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