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.
2012-13: McFadden skated in nine games for Florida’s AHL affiliate in San Antonio in his first pro season; spending most of the year in the ECHL with Cincinnati. He missed long stretches due to injury. McFadden played two October games with the Rampage before being sent to the Cyclones and played in three February games and four more contests in March. He had no points and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes. San Antonio missed the AHL playoffs after finishing last in the South Division. McFadden appeared in 28 ECHL games, scoring 2 goals with 12 assists and was -3 with 28 penalty minutes. He made his playoff debut in Game 3 of Cincinnati’s second round series with Gwinnett. McFadden had 5 assists and was -3 with 2 penalty minutes in nine playoff games as Cincinnati reached the Eastern Conference Finals against Kelly Cup champion Reading.
2013-14: McFadden appeared in 15 games for Florida AHL affiliate San Antonio in his second pro season — spending most of the year in the ECHL with Cincinnati. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was -3 with 8 penalty minutes skating for the Rampage. McFadden scored 8 goals with 6 assists and was +6 with 30 penalty minutes in 43 regular season games for Cincinnati. The Cyclones finished second in the North Division and captured the Eastern Conference championship by defeating Greenville before falling to Alaska in the Kelly Cup finals. McFadden was -5 with 10 assists and 22 penalty minutes in 23 playoff games.
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.
McFadden attended training camp with Florida before being assigned to AHL affiliate San Antonio and subsequently to the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones at the start of the 2014-15 season. Now in the third year of his original entry-level contract, he spent most of the first half with Cincinnati but has shown signs of progress skating with the Rampage in January and February. Whether his production earns him another contract with the Panthers is uncertain. His offensive skill set suggests long-term potential as a skating defensemen who can contribute on the power play. McFadden is equally likely to spend his career at the minor league level or head to Europe.