Josh Wesley
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Josh Wesley

Hometown:

Raleigh North Carolina

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-04-09

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

4th round (96th overall), 2014

Weight:

195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Josh Wesley skated for the East Coast Eagles program in North Carolina.

2011-12: Wesley played for the Carolina Junior Hurricanes U16 AAA team. He scored 7 goals with 6 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 18 regular season games and scored 1 goal with 6 assists and 14 penalty minutes in five playoff games. Wesley was invited to USA Hockey’s 2011 National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp in March and was offered a spot in the program for the 2012-13 season. He was selected by Plymouth in the fifth round (101st overall) in the 2012 OHL Priority Draft.

2012-13: Wesley moved to Ann Arbor to skate for the NTDP’s U17 team and played for the USA’s bronze medal team at the 2013 World Hockey Challenge in Canada. He had 7 assists and 20 penalty minutes in 56 regular season games and had 2 assists with 4 penalty minutes in six games at the WHC.

2013-14: Wesley joined the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers — skating in 66 of 68 regular season games as a 17-year-old rookie. He scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was minus-2 with 62 penalty minutes. Plymouth finished fourth in the West Division and lost to eventual OHL champion Guelph in the first round of the playoffs. Wesley had 1 assist and was minus-1 with 2 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He was ranked 111th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Carolina in the fourth round (96th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Wesley, the son of long-time NHL defenseman Glen Wesley, was a forward for most of his youth hockey career before converting to defense three years ago. He has some size and skill but is still in the early stages of development in terms of his technical skills, skating and tactical play. A hard-working defensive defender, he often faced the opposition's top forwards in his first year of junior hockey in 2013-14 and that will likely continue. He is also willing to come to the defense of his teammates and scrap if necessary.

Future

Wesley attended his first NHL training camp with the Hurricanes before returning to Plymouth for his second OHL season in 2014-15. With several new faces in the lineup the Whalers were struggling to stay above .500 after 20 games and Wesley's numbers reflected the team's start. While his offensive game is limited he continues to see large amounts of ice time and should continue to develop in a prominent role. Still developing and working on his game Wesley's size and complete package make him an attractive prospect. How high his potential ceiling is remains to be seen.

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