Joseph Cramarossa
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Joseph Cramarossa

Hometown:

Markham Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-10-26

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

3rd round (65th overall), 2011

Weight:

188 lbs.

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History

2007-08: Joseph Cramarossa was chosen in the third round, 49th overall, of the 2008 OHL Priority Selection by the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.

2008-09: Cramarossa played for the Markham Waxers of the OJHL. In 38 games, he scored 7 goals and added 3 assists for 10 points.

2009-10: In his OHL rookie season, Cramarossa played in 64 games for the Majors. He scored 6 goals and added 10 assists for 16 points while also adding 60 penalty minutes. In 14 playoff games, Cramarossa picked up 2 assists.

2010-11: In 59 games, Cramarossa scored 12 goals and added 20 assists for 32 points. He also tacked on 101 penalty minutes on the season.

2011-12: Cramarossa returned to Mississauga for his third season in the OHL after attending the Ducks’ training camp and was obtained by the Belleville Bulls in a January 2012 trade with the Majors. Cramarossa skated in 15 games with the Majors prior to the trade – missing time due to injury and a 10-game suspension in November for a hit to the head. He scored 6 goals with 5 assists and was minus-two with 40 penalty minutes. In 29 games with the Bulls he scored 8 goals with 8 assists and was minus-10 with 43 penalty minutes. Belleville faced the Ottawa 67’s in the first round of the playoffs after finishing second in the East Division. Cramarossa led the Bulls in points and penalty minutes in the six-game series – finishing plus-one with 2 goals, 2 assists  and 18 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Cramarossa appeared in a career-high 68 games and was the leading scorer for Belleville in his fourth OHL season. Skating for the Buls as a 20-year-old, he scored 19 goals with a team-high 44 assists and was +19 with 89 penalty minutes. Belleville finished first in the East Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals against Barrie. Cramarossa scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was +8 with 35 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Anaheim in March, 2013.

2013-14: Cramarossa skated for Anaheim AHL affiliate Norfolk in his first pro season — struggling to crack the Admirals lineup and briefly spending time with the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -7 with 52 penalty minutes in 47 regular season games for Norfolk, which finished third in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Cramarossa skated in two playoff games and was -1 with no points nor penalties. In three games for Utah he had 2 assists and was +3 with 7 penalty minutes. 

2014-15: Cramarossa attended training camp with the Ducks before being assigned to Anaheim AHL affiliate Norfolk to start his second pro season. He skated in 54 games with the Admirals, missing 11 games late in the year with an injury. Cramarossa scored 5 goals with 5 assists and was -11 with 75 penalty minutes. Norfolk missed the playoffs, finishing last in the East Division. 

Talent Analysis

Cramarossa is a crash-and-bang lower line player with limited offensive upside. While he put up big offensive numbers in an overage season in junior hockey, his game is that of a rough and tumble player who plays with an edge and likes to throw the body around. His on-ice vision and solid puck-moving and playmaking skills suggest he may have some offensive potential but that has not been a focus so far in his pro career.

Future

Cramarossa is skating for new Anaheim AHL affiliate San Diego in 2015-16. In the third year of his original entry-level contract, he continues to do all the hard jobs and provide a physical edge for the Gulls. Cramarossa has also scored a career-high 10 goals in his first 43 games. Not likely to put up big-time offensive numbers, Cramarossa has accepted his role and is a team-first player. His mobility may be an impediment to him reaching the NHL level but his willingness to compete and ability to chip in offensively could garner him a lower line role in the right situation.  

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