SYRACUSE, NY – As the month of August reaches its midway point, we are seeing another summer reaching its final weeks. Although the days of barbeques and beach trips are dwindling, it is a sign that hockey is almost here.
As we gear up for a highly anticipated season of Syracuse Crunch hockey, it is important to take a look at some of the newcomers that will be lacing their skates for Syracuse in 2017-18. One of the more exciting players coming to the roster is the 20-year-old winger, Mathieu Joseph.
Joseph, a former fourth round selection of the Lightning back in 2015, has spent the last four seasons playing for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. As expected, his game has gradually improved, increasing his productivity each season with the Sea Dogs. In 2016-17, Joseph put up career-high point totals, scoring 36 goals and adding 44 assists in 54 regular season games. In addition to an impressive regular season, he also made his mark in the postseason, tallying 32 points (13G 19A) in 18 games.
Joseph is a solid two-way winger that works hard and is a strong competitor. He puts the same amount of effort in in all three zones and can be placed on any line one through four. He is a decent skater with an impressive shot that will improve as he continues to develop. Although he is both dedicated and versatile, he needs bulk up physically. He likes to establish a presence down low and in the front of the net so he could become quite the force in that area if he can put on some more muscle.
Although Joseph is both dedicated and versatile, he needs bulk up physically. His 6’1”, 172-pound frame does not compliment his desire to establish a presence down low and in the front of the net. If he could put on some more muscle and size, Joseph could become quite the force in that area
Mathieu Joseph has the skill and hockey sense necessary to be an effective hockey player at the professional level. It will be interesting to see how his game translates to the American Hockey League level as the Crunch hope he can become a contributor right away.