Joel Rechlicz
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Joel Rechlicz


Brookfield Wisconsin

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Free agent signing, 2012


220 lbs.

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2007-08: Joel Rechlicz split time between two clubs this season, starting with the Albany River Rats (AHL) and ending with the Kalamazoo Wings (IHL). He played in 25 games for each club, totaling 206 penalty minutes between the two.

2008-09: Rechlicz split most of his season between the ECHL and NHL (Only four games with Bridgeport of the AHL), Joel would add 110 PIM to the Utah Grizzlies season, and another 68 to the Islanders.

2009-10: In 21 games with Bridgeport, Rechlicz would add 128 PIM, as wella s 27 PIM in six games with New York.

2010-11: Rechlicz was second on the AHL Hershey Bears in penalty minutes despite appearing in just 28 games. His 132 PMs trailed only Steve Pinizzotto (178) for the Bears. Rechlicz scored one goal, his only point of the season, and was -4. He did not skate in any playoff games in Hershey's six-game series with Charlotte.

2011-12: Rechlicz appeared in three games for  Washington during a mid-season call-up — drawing a ten minute misconduct while on the bench in his first game and averaging less than two minutes of ice time — during his brief time with the Capitals. Rechlicz had 267 penalty minutes (one less than league leader Zack Fitzgerald of Hamilton) in just 44 games with AHL Hershey. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was minus-four for the Bears. He did not appear in any of Hershey's five playoff games. Rechlicz signed a one-year contract with Phoenix in July, 2012.


Talent Analysis

Rechlicz is a hulking, bruising forward who’s not afraid to mix it up. He served as the enforcer at Hershey (AHL), with 16 fights in 28 games. He’s great at keeping other teams honest, but he doesn’t have much in the way of puck skills or defensive acumen.



Rechlicz signed with the Phoenix Coyotes for the 2012-13 season but was dealt to the Washington Capitals prior to the 2013 NHL trade deadline.