Derek Joslin

Derek Joslin


Richmond Hill Ontario

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5th round (149th overall), 2005 by SJ


205 lbs.

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Joslin was perhaps the biggest surprise of the season on an Ottawa club that shocked everybody by reaching the Memorial Cup after finishing only sixth in their conference. Joslin has come a long way since the 67’s selected him in the 10th round of the OHL Priority Selection. He did not play as a 16-year-old aside from a brief call-up, and yet broke camp playing on the club’s top defense pairing along with captain Will Colbert. The 67’s struggled all season to improve their blueline with that tandem as their only dependable pair.

The Richmond Hill, Ontario native put up 30 points and had a sparkling +26 rating. Measuring in at only 6’1 and 175lbs, Joslin is not a large blueliner. Although he possesses good mobility, he lacks lower body strength, and that was apparent in the playoffs where he struggled against tougher competition. In the 67’s successful postseason run, Joslin collected only 3 assists in 21 games. He continued to struggle in the Memorial Cup although he was playing through a significant injury. Joslin always gives a good effort and has improved significantly the last two years, but he lacks a true niche.

He played with a broken scaphoid at the Memorial Cup and yet his team used him a lot.

2007-08: In his first full season with the Worcester Sharks (AHL), Joslin played in 80 games, recording 34 points, 44 PIM and a -15 plus/minus rating. He was the team’s top rookie scorer and one of only two sharks to have played in every game this season. He scored his first professional goal (GWG, PPG) in a 3-1 win at Manchester on Nov. 23.

Talent Analysis

A sound overall game; he plays in all situations and is very composed. Good offensive instincts. A  great one-timer -- won the hardest shot competition at the 2009 AHL Skills Competition. Skating stride is a weakness.

He’s projected to be a middle pairing defender in the NHL.