2007-08: Josh Shalla Appeared in 6 games without registering a point for the OHL’s Brampton Battalion. Spent the majority of the year playing for the OPJHL’s Bowmanville Eagles where he put up 26 goals and 11 assists in 46 games.
2008-09: Split the OHL season between Brampton and the Guelph Storm, posting 14 goals and 6 assists in 61 games. He also went scoreless in 4 post-season matches.
2009-10: Appeared in 68 OHL games for the Saginaw Spirit posting 32 goals and 33 assists. He struggled in his 6 playoff games, only able to manage 1 assist. Despite those solid numbers, he went undrafted in his first year of eligibility.
2010-11: Turned in a tremendous season for the Spirit with 47 goals and 25 assists in 68 games. He continued his strong play in the post season with 8 goals and 7 assists in 12 games.
2011-12: Shalla returned to the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit for a fourth season of junior hockey after being in camp with both the Predators and their AHL affiliate Milwaukee. Shalla skated in 53 games for the Spirit, missing time at the beginning of the year after being suspended for ten games for a hit on Kitchener’s Matia Marcantuoni. Shalla was the Spirit’s leading goal scorer with 40 goals and had 36 assists; finishing plus-17 with 27 penalty minutes. After getting off to a slow start, the Spirit finished third in the West Division and reached the second round of the playoffs. Shalla scored 4 goals with 10 assists and was plus-2 with 2 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Nashville in April, 2012.
2012-13: Shalla shuttled between Nashville’s AHL and ECHL affiliates in Milwaukee and Cincinnati in his first pro season. Limited to 10 AHL games with the Admirals during the NHL lockout, he ended the season appearing in 32 games with Milwaukee, scoring 3 goals with 9 assists, and was -7 with 4 penalty minutes. The Admirals finished second in the Midwest Division and lost to Texas in a first round playoff series. Shalla played in two playoff games and had 1 assist. Shalla led Cincinnati with 21 goals in 37 games and was -1 with 7 assists and 28 penalty minutes. The Cyclones finished first in the North Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals against Kelly Cup champion Reading. In seven ECHL playoff games Shalla scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was -5 with 4 penalty minutes.
Shalla has excellent size and has proven to be a top quality sniper in the OHL. He has a knack for being in the scoring areas when he needs to and has an excellent shot. The big knocks on him are his skating and his work ethic, which were chief among the reasons he was passed over in the 2010 NHL Draft. His defensive game needs work as well as he was exposed at times during his first season with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL.
Shalla split time with the ECHL and the AHL in his first pro season in 2012-13 but was quite good on the offensive side of things. Shalla will need to improve his defensive abilities if he wants to be considered for a top-six role in Nashville given his excellent offensive ability. However, this is a team that has seen Patric Hornqvist flourish with a similar skill set, and anything is possible as long as Shalla puts the work in.