Maple Leafs select Dakota Joshua 128th overall

Maple Leafs select Dakota Joshua 128th overall

The Maple Leafs have drafted centerman Dakota Joshua of Sioux Falls (USHL) with their 128th overall selection.  A second consecutive American college kid selected after picking John Piccinich 103rd overall.

Joshua stands 6’2, 185-pounds and could play for Ohio State next season but may opt to stay another year in the USHL to further develop his offensive game before moving onto college hockey.

Big centers with skill are always intriguing and this sounds like an interesting project to keep an eye on.

Dave Morrison on Dakota Joshua

“He’s another swing at the fence for us. A real potential guy. He’s very raw in a lot of different ways. He’s tall, he’s a very athletic kid, and we saw some flashes of some real good skill toward the end of the year with that team. His coaches couldn’t say enough good things about him. He’s very diligent in his two-way game and he appears to have some offensive potential, so we’re really excited. He could’ve gone into Ohio State next year but he wants to stay and play another year in the USHL to give himself more time to develop his offensive game. We’re kind of excited about him, too, just by the mere fact that he’s still growing and he showed those things you like in a player. At this point I would call him a ‘top 9′ potential player.”

Dakota Joshua Scouting Report

Joshua was a bit buried on Sioux Falls roster this year behind some very good veteran players, but still put up a very respectable 38 points in 51 games in his first USHL season. Joshua has always been a player with a big frame and high potential. While he’s not all the way to reaching his full potential, he showed enough signs of positive growth over the course of the year to suggest he’s on his way to doing so.
- Land Grant Holy Land

Joshua has a big frame and is magnificent at using his size and long reach to protect the puck from attacking players. He’s still relatively skinny for his size, but once he fills out, he has the potential to be a true power forward that handles the puck well enough to be a consistent scoring threat.
- SB Nation College Hockey

Dakota Joshua Stats

Season
Team
Lge
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
plus minus
2012-13U.S. National Development TeamUSHL62022-6
2012-13Sioux Falls StampedeUSHL101102
2013-14Sioux Falls StampedeUSHL55172138586
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28 comments
Leafs_17
Leafs_17

any news on the move the jets just made, its a minor deal but my buddy is a jets fan and i just got a update on my phone but can't find anything on the web about it

hometeem
hometeem

what position doues piccinich play

hometeem
hometeem

guessing gunnerson and polak deal was discussed heavily on last thread, wats the take, sounds like polak is pretty slow?

FRyan
FRyan

we got the best steal in the draft in the 3rd round when we drafted that Russian kid who went undrafted last year and is an overager 

FRyan
FRyan

with these darft picks and trades the leafs have become early contenders for lord stanley

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

If only we had a raw talent like this before.....say we named him Colborne.

Mcost61
Mcost61

@hometeem It's a wash IMO, Gunnar scared me trying to clear puck or pass it out.  Maybe more moves coming

FRyan
FRyan

let  kid like jack glover go next who was an assistant captain on the usa under 18 

Coldincowtown
Coldincowtown

@TheCanucksnaphook With Monahan and now Bennett in Cowtown, Colborne is quickly falling down the depth chart. Bet they keep him on the wing from now on. It will be fun watching Calgary with these guys up the middle. Was hoping T.O. somehow found a way to get Bennett but very happy Calgary got him instead of any team other than Leafs.

Yan28
Yan28

They'll get rid of Phaneuf. Polack will help distribute the minutes.

hometeem
hometeem

@Yan28 buddy is positive philly is getting ph9 for coutourier he is a philly fan and is is already pissed about it

FRyan
FRyan

@Gilbey93 @FRyan

that's a deal sealer right there for me. 13 yr old kids on COD great teacher of the English literature