Troy Josephs
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Troy Josephs

Hometown:

Whitby Ontario

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1994-05-09

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

7th round (209th overall), 2013

Weight:

184 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Troy Josephs played for the Whitby Wildcats minor midget AAA team in his Ontario hometown. He scored 27 goals with 25 assists and had 52 penalty minutes. Whitby participated in the 2010 OHL Cup and Josephs was scoreless with 6 penalty minutes in four games. He was selected by Belleville in the 15th round (283rd overall) of the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.

2010-11: Josephs played junior A hockey as a 16-year-old, skating in seven games with the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Pickering Panthers, and attended the PEAC athletic academy in Toronto, skating for the Piranha’s midget AAA team. Josephs scored 4 goals with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes with the Panthers.

2011-12: Josephs joined the St. Michael’s Buzzers in the Ontario Junior Hockey League, maintaining his college hockey eligibility. Skating in 41 of 49 games for the Buzzers, he scored 11 goals with 13 assists and had 10 penalty minutes. St. Michael’s finished first in the South Division and reached the playoff semifinals. Josephs played in five playoff games and had no points with 2 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Josephs returned to St. Michael’s for his second season and represented Canada East in the 2012 U19 World Junior A Challenge. In October he committed to playing college hockey at Clarkson in 2013-14. He scored 17 goals with 20 assists in 42 regular season games for the Buzzers and had 64 penalty minutes. St. Michael’s finished first in the South Division and captured the OJHL playoff championship. In 24 playoff games Josephs scored 7 goals with 13 assists and 38 penalty minutes. The Buzzers missed an opportunity to play for the RBC Cup (Canadian junior A championship), falling to the Minnesota Wilderness in the Dudley Hewitt Cup (Central Ontario) finals. Ranked 119th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Josephs was selected by Pittsburgh in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Josephs skated in 33 games for Clarkson in his freshman season; missing time in the second half of the season due to injury. He scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -6 with 60 penalty minutes. Clarkson finished tied with Yale for fifth-place in ECAC Hockey; sweeping Princeton in a first round series before losing 1-0 in overtime in the decisive third game of  its quarterfinal series against Cornell.

2014-15: Josephs was the third-leading scorer for Clarkson University in his sophomore season. Skating in 36 of 37 games for the Golden Knights, he scored 3 goals with 14 assists and had a team-leading +7 plus/minus with 14 penalty minutes. Clarkson finished eighth in ECAC Hockey and was eliminated in the ECAC tournament first round, falling to RPI, 3-1, in the decisive third game of their best-of-three series.

2015-16: Josephs had a challenging junior season at Clarkson University, struggling to match his offensive production of the previous season before suffering an undisclosed late season injury that forced him to miss 10 games. Josephs scored 5 goals with 7 assists in 28 games and was third on the Golden Knights with 35 penalty minutes, finishing with a -5 plus/minus. Clarkson finished tied with RPI for fifth in ECAC Hockey, sweeping Princeton in a preliminary series before falling to neighboring rival St. Lawrence in the quarterfinals. All four of the Golden Knights’ ECAC tournament games went to overtime.

Talent Analysis

Josephs is a physical, two-way forward who plays a very good checking game. He is effective as the first man in on the forecheck and is very tough along the boards and in the corners. His offensive game is not overwhelming, though he does have good enough hands and vision to distribute the puck and contribute the occasional goal. He is not the biggest forward on the ice, but possesses very good strength, which combined with his physical style, should serve him well in the pros.

Future

Josephs skated for Clarkson University as a junior in 2015-16. A tough, two-way forward for the Golden Knights, he missed time late in the year and his offensive numbers dipped after his breakout sophomore season. The Penguins have made a habit of drafting college-bound players late in the draft and then allowing them to develop — with prospects Scott Wilson, Josh Archibald, and forward Kenny Agostino among the players who were drafted prior to starting their college careers. Josephs will return to Clarkson for his senior season in 2016-17. His progress to this points suggests he can be a gritty, lower line forward with the ability to chip in occasionally on the scoresheet.

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