Josh Godfrey
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Josh Godfrey

Hometown:

Collingwood Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-01-15

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

2nd round (34th overall), 2007

Weight:

200 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2003-04: Godfrey played midget hockey for Greater Kingston and was selected by the Guelph Storm in the fourth round (79th overall) of the 2004 OHL Priority Draft.

2004-05: Godfrey made his OHL debut appearing in 18 games with the Guelph Storm. He had 4 assists, including one in his first game with the Storm on Sept 24 against Brampton, and was -1 with 9 PIM. Godfrey played in just one playoff game as the Storm was swept by London in the first round. He was -1 in Guelph’s 5-2 loss to the Knights in Game 4.

2005-06: Godfrey’s first full season in the OHL began in Guelph before a mid-season trade to Sault Ste. Marie. Godfrey scored his first OHL goal and also had an assist on October 14 in a 5-4 loss to the Mississauga Ice Dogs. He scored 2 goals with 8 assists and was an even plus/minus with 38 PIM in 33 games with Guelph before the trade. While the move meant going from one of the top teams in the OHL to a middle-off-the-pack Greyhounds team, he saw increased power play time after the trade and scored 5 of his 6 goals on the man advantage. Godfrey also had six assists with 26 PIM in his 30 games with the Greyhounds. Godfrey appeared in one playoff game and was +1 with an assist in the Greyhound’s 5-4 season-ending overtime loss to London in Game 4. Godfrey was invited to Washington’s summer development camp but could not participate due to a knee injury.

2006-07: Godfrey flourished as an offensive defenseman in his first full season in Sault Ste. Marie – though his defensive play was spotty at times. In a prelude of things to come, Godfrey opened the season with a goal and assist in a 3-2 win over Kitchener on Sept 22 (the first of 14 multiple point games including back-to-back two-goal games in November). Godfrey scored 17 of his 24 goals on the power play and had 33 assists with 80 PIM yet was -2 in 68 games for the Greyhounds. The pattern was similar in the playoffs as he scored 6 of his team-leading 9 goals on the power play and had 5 assists but finished -3 with 18 PIM in 13 playoff contests. The Greyhounds defeated Saginaw in the first round before falling to London in seven games. Godfrey played for Team West at the 2007 OHL All-Star Game and his slap shot was clocked at 99.3 mph in the skills competition. He played for Canada in the six-game Canada/Russia Super Series and had six assists with 2 PIM.

2007-08: Godfrey made his pro debut with Hershey in the AHL playoffs. He was +2 in the Bears’ Game 5 series-ending, 7-3 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. During the regular season, Godfrey finished eighth amongst OHL defensemen in scoring with 51 points in 60 games. Godfrey finished his third season with the Soo Greyhounds with 17 goals and 34 assists and was a team-leading +31 with 61 PIM as the Greyhounds finished first in the OHL West. Godfrey was selected to Team Canada for the WJC U-20 tournament and had 5 assists with 8 PIM in seven games for the gold medal winners. He also played for Team OHL in the CHL Canada/Russia Challenge.

2008-09: Godfrey battled injuries and inconsistency in his first season of pro hockey. In limited ice time, he had 6 assists and was +6 with 21 PIM in 13 games with AHL Hershey. Godfrey was dominant at times in the ECHL but then mediocre in other games and missed time due to a deep cut from an opponent’s skate. In 37 games with South Carolina, he scored 5 goals with 20 assists and was +6 with 30 PIM. Godfrey appeared in 6 playoff games for the Kelly Cup-winning Stingrays and scored 1 goal with 3 assists and 10 PIM. He was +3 for the playoffs.

2009-10: Godfrey’s bad luck with injury limited him to 32 total games, mostly with ECHL South Carolina, in his second season in the Caps organization. He opened the season with Hershey but was often a healthy scratch Hershey and was also ill and then separated his shoulder. Godfrey was -1 in two games with Hershey. In 29 games with the Stingrays, he scored 5 goals with 11 assists and was +10 with 20 PIM. Three of his five goals were scored on the power play. Godfrey seemed to be hitting his stride in mid-season with points in 8 of 10 games for the Stingrays before suffering a season-ending concussion in January. Godfrey returned for one playoff game but was -4 with 2 PIM and had just one shot on goal in the Stingrays’ 6-1 loss to eventual Kelly Cup champion Cincinnati on April 6.

Talent Analysis

Godfrey's calling card coming out of was his Al MacInnis-like slapshot. His defensive game was patchy at best and would need refining at the pro level if he was ever to be a competent NHL defenseman. Godfrey's development has been slowed by injury during his first two years with the Capitals - which have limited him to parts of two seasons spent mostly with South Carolina in the ECHL. When on the ice, Godfrey has begun to use his stick handling skills and skating ability more often as well as remaining a threat from the point, particularly on the power play, with his shot. He is still figuring out positional play and situational awareness. Despite his size, he is not an especially physical player but is a better than average skater for a big man.

Future

Godfrey was not re-signed by the Capitals and is now a free agent.