2008-09: Josh McFadden skated in 47 OHL games with Mississauga St. Michael's after joining the Majors from the junior A Mississauga Chargers. He scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was minus-nine with 8 penalty minutes. The Majors were second in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. McFadden played in 6 of 11 playoff games and was an even plus/minus with 1 goal and 6 penalty minutes. In seven games for the Chargers he scored 3 goals with 1 assist and had 32 penalty minutes.
2009-10: McFadden went from Mississauga St. Michaels to Sudbury in a November trade after 16 games with the Majors. He had 2 goals with 4 assists and was plus-six with 2 penalty minutes at the time of the trade. He scored 2 goals with 22 assists and was minus-eight with 26 penalty minutes in 45 games for the Wolves. Sudbury reached the OHL playoffs despite finishing last in the Central Division. McFadden was minus-four with 1 goal and 2 assists in the four-game series with Barrie.
2010-11: McFadden was the third-leading scorer amongst all OHL defensemen playing for Sudbury. He was the Wolves' leading scorer with 19 goals and 53 assists in 67 games and was minus-21 with 74 penalty minutes. He scored 10 of his 19 goals on the Sudbury power play. The Wolves finished fourth in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. McFadden scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was minus-five with 8 penalty minutes in 8 playoff games.
2011-12: McFadden attended camp with the Montreal Canadians as a free agent but did not receive a contract offer and returned to Sudbury for an overage season. Hampered by nagging injuries, including an ankle problem, he appeared in just 47 games but was the leading scorer amongst Wolves' defensemen with 15 goals and 26 assists and was plus-three with 43 penalty minutes. Sudbury was fourth in the Central Division. McFadden had 2 assists and was minus-four in the four-game playoff series with Brampton. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Florida in July, 2012.
McFadden is an offensive defenseman who likes to push the puck up ice and join in the rush. He has a good shot and is well-suited to playing the point on a power-play unit. McFadden needs continued work in the defensive zone though he has shown improvement in his own end. He is a player who will take big risks to make big plays.
With a three-year, entry-level contract in hand, McFadden will start his professional career this year. Given his current shortcomings in the defensive zone and some veteran defenders on the Panthers blue line, there is little doubt that McFadden will be in the minor leagues this season. He does have the skill package that the Panthers need in their pipeline, so if he continues to improve his positioning and mind his responsibilities in his own end, he could have a good future in the organization.