Defenseman Joel Chouinard has agreed to terms with the Toledo Walleye for the 2015-16 season. Chouinard picked up 20 points (5G, 15A) in 34 games with the Walleye a season ago while posting a plus 13 rating. He also collected another eight assists in 19 post season contests.
The 25 year old also appeared in 29 games last year at the AHL level with two games in Grand Rapids and another 27 with Iowa. He had five goals and five assists in those games for the Wild.
“Joel proved himself as a top two-way defenseman in the league,” said Head Coach Derek Lalonde. “He excelled in every situation for us and was a true professional that led by example.”
Since making his pro debut in 2010, the native of Sherbroke, Quebec has appeared in 194 AHL games with 15 goals, 31 assists and 113 penalty minutes. The former 6th round pick of Colorado in the 2008 NHL Draft spent parts of three seasons in Lake Erie of the AHL. He had 20 points (6G, 14A) in 42 games with the Denver Cutthroats of the CHL during the 2012-13 season.
Prior to turning professional, Chouinard spent three plus seasons skating with Victoriaville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, including being an assistant captain in 2008-09 and 2009-10. With the Tigres, the 6’1”, 187 pound defenseman set career marks in 2009-10 with 23 goals, 45 assists, 68 points and a plus 23. His QMJHL totals see 221 games played with 45 goals, 99 assists and 236 penalty minutes.