Joseph Cecconi

Hometown:

Youngstown New York

Team:

Dallas Stars

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1997-05-23

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

5th round (133rd overall), 2015

Weight:

205 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Joseph Cecconi played for the Buffalo Junior Sabres — skating for the club’s U18 and U16 teams. In seven games for the U18 team, including three playoff games, he had no points with 4 penalty minutes. Cecconi scored 1 goal with 8 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games for the Junior Sabres U16 team. In four playoff games he scored 1 goal with no assists nor penalties. Cecconi was selected by Green Bay in the fifth round (70th overall) in the 2013 USHL Entry Draft. 

2013-14: Cecconi joined the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks at the end of December after the Lumberjacks acquired his rights from Green Bay. In 28 regular season games he scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was +1 with 8 penalty minutes. Muskegon finished fifth in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the Gamblers for the final playoff spot.  Cecconi played 34 games for the Buffalo Junior Sabres U16 team prior to joining Muskegon, scoring 10 goals with 9 assists and 31 penalty minutes. He was selected by Oshawa in the eighth round (143rd overall) in the 2014 OHL Priority Draft. Cecconi committed to playing college hockey at the University of Michigan in May 2014. 

2014-15: Cecconi skated for the USA U18 team at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before returning to Muskegon for his first full USHL season. He scored 3 goals with 14 assists and was +10 with 35 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games for the Lumberjacks. Muskegon finished fourth in the Eastern Conference before an unlikely run to the Clark Cup finals against Sioux Falls, which finished fourth in the Western Conference. Cecconi had 2 assists and was +4 with 8 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. In five games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament he was -2 with no points and 4 penalty minutes as the USA captured a bronze medal. He was ranked 88th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and played for Team Olczyk in the 2014 All-American Prospects Game. Cecconi was invited to the NHL Prospects Combine and was selected by Dallas in the fifth round (133rd overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. 

Talent Analysis

Cecconi is a good skater who makes smart decisions on the ice. Possessing the ideal size of an NHL defenseman, he is generally cautious about jumping into the attack. Cecconi makes good decisions when he has the puck. Overall, however, the offensive upside does seem somewhat limited.

Future

Cecconi has skated in every game for the University of Michigan as a freshman in 2015-16. Frequently paired with sophomore Zach Werenski (Columbus) on the second pairing for the Wolverines, he has provided the steady presence to allow Werenski to push the offensive game and is among the team leaders in plus/minus. At the pro level Cecconi projects as a strong stay-at-home defenseman who skates well and has the ability to move the puck.

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