Jordan Maletta

Hometown:

St. Catharines Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-04-30

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Signed as Free Agent, 2016

Weight:

215 lbs. lbs.

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History

2010-11: Jordan Maletta skated for the St. Catherines Falcons minor midget AAA team. A team captain, he scored 33 goals with 26 assists and 38 penalty minutes in 48 games. Maletta played for Team Ontario in the Canada Winter Games, scoring 1 goal with 3 assists in six games. He was selected by Windsor in the first round (13th overall) in the 2011 OHL Priority Draft. 

2011-12: Maletta played in 57 regular season games and all four playoff contests for the Windsor Spitfires in his first OHL season. He scored 5 goals with 15 assists and was -7 with 59 penalty minutes during the regular season. Windsor finished fourth in the West Division before being swept by eventual OHL champion London in a first-round series.  Maletta scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -1 with 6 penalty minutes in four playoff games. Skating for Canada Ontario in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge he had no points nor penalties in two games. 

2012-13: Maletta began his second OHL season with Windsor before being acquired by the Niagara IceDogs in exchange for two draft picks in January 2013. In 62 regular season games between the two teams he scored 7 goals with 13 assists and was -27 with 65 penalty minutes. The IceDogs finished fourth in the Central Division and lost to Oshawa in a first-round playoff series. Maletta scored 1 goal and was -7 with no penalties in five playoff games. 

2013-14: Maletta skated for the Detroit Red Wings in the Traverse City rookie tournament and attended training camp as a free agent before being returned to Niagara. He finished tied with Vince Dunn (St. Louis) for fourth on the IceDogs with 28 assists in his third OHL season.  He scored 12 goals and was -4 with 58 penalty minutes in 59 regular season games. Niagara, after finishing fourth in the Central Division in the regular season, took first-place North Bay to seven games before falling in their first-round series. Maletta scored 2 goals with 1 assist and had an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes in seven playoff games. 

2014-15: Maletta emerged as a scoring threat for Niagara playing on a line with Josh Ho-Sang (NY Islanders) in his fourth OHL season. He scored a career-high 24 goals with 28 assists and was +7 with 41 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games. Eight of his 24 goals were scored on the IceDogs power play. Niagara finished third in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Maletta scored 6 goals with 3 assists and was -2 with 2 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. 

2015-16: Maletta attended training camp with the Bruins but was not signed, returning to Niagara for an overage season as a 20-year-old. The second-leading scorer for the Ice Dogs behind Josh Ho-Sang, he led Niagara with 34 goals and had 25 assists, finishing +10 with 55 penalty minutes. Niagara finished third in the Central Division, facing the Ottawa 67’s in a first-round playoff series. Maletta signed a three-year entry-level contract with Columbus in March 2015.

Talent Analysis

Maletta is a big bodied, jack-of-all-trades player who will do whatever it takes for his team to win. Not especially gifted in terms of offensive tools, he will score goals by going into hard places and he has a hard, accurate shot. Maletta is strong on the penalty kill and in his own end of the ice. He can also win face-offs. Maletta is also know to be a good teammate in the locker room and a mentor for younger players.

Future

Maletta was signed by the Blue Jackets to a three-year entry-level contract in March 2015. Playing in the OHL as a 20-year-old in 2015-16, he was the second-leading scorer for the Niagara IceDogs. He is not expected to be a prolific scorer in pro hockey but his size and willingness to compete all over the ice suggests he can be a valuable third or fourth line center.

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