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Joseph Blandisi (born July 18, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect to the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 162nd overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Joseph Blandisi
Joseph Blandisi - New Jersey Devils.jpg
Blandisi in September 2015
Born (1994-07-18) July 18, 1994 (age 25)
Markham, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
WBS Penguins (AHL)
New Jersey Devils
Anaheim Ducks
NHL Draft 162nd overall, 2012
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2015–present

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

After playing in the Ontario Junior Hockey League with the Vaughan Vipers, Blandisi was selected in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, 61st overall, by the Owen Sound Attack. Upon completing his rookie season with the Sound Attack in the Ontario Hockey League, Blandisi was drafted in the sixth round, 162nd overall, by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. In his sophomore season in 2012–13, Blandisi was traded by the Owen Sound Attack to the Ottawa 67's in exchange for Cody Ceci on January 7, 2013.[1] Despite lacking in height, Blandisi possessed a solid frame and improved upon his rookie season with 51 points in 63 games.

Blandisi's tenure in Ottawa was limited to exactly a year, for in the 2013–14 season on January 8, 2014, he was dealt by the rebuilding 67's to the Barrie Colts.[2] Limited to just 47 games again due to injury, Blandisi still improved to a point-per-game scoring rate. In the off-season, Blandisi was not offered a contract by the Colorado Avalanche and was re-entered into the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, in which he was passed over.[3]

In preparation for the 2014–15 season, Blandisi attended the Buffalo Sabres training camp by invitation on September 13, 2014. At the conclusion of camp he was returned to the Colts without a contract.[4] Amongst the leadership group with the Colts, Blandisi was later named captain on November 19.[5] He broke out offensively in his overage season and was leading the club in scoring when he was signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the New Jersey Devils on January 14, 2015.[6] He finished the season leading the OHL in goal scoring with 52 markers in 68 games and placing fourth in overall scoring with 112 points. Upon the club's second-round exit in the post-season, Blandisi was award the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as the OHL's overage player of the year.[7] He placed second in voting for the OHL's most outstanding player award, the Red Tilson Trophy, only to star phenomenon Connor McDavid.[8]

ProfessionalEdit

After attending his first New Jersey Devils training camp, Blandisi was assigned to begin his professional career in the 2015–16 season with AHL affiliate, the Albany Devils on September 27, 2015.[9] Blandisi made a quick transition to the pro level, maintaining a scoring presence on Albany's top line with 16 points in 18 games before he received his first recall to the NHL by the Devils on December 10, 2015.[10] Centering a line between Kyle Palmieri and Jiří Tlustý, he made a successful NHL debut with the Devils in a 3–2 overtime victory against the Detroit Red Wings on December 11, 2015.[11] He recorded his first NHL point, an assist, on a Lee Stempniak goal on January 12, 2016.[12] On January 21, 2016, in a game against the Ottawa Senators, Blandisi netted his first NHL goal, and also had 2 assists as part of a 3-point first period that ended with a 5–0 Devils lead, their largest scoring output for a single period of the season.

Blandisi began the 2017–18 season, assigned to New Jersey's new AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Devils. He collected 14 points in 19 games before the Devils traded Blandisi on November 30, 2017 along with Adam Henrique and a third-round draft pick in 2018 to the Anaheim Ducks for Sami Vatanen and a conditional draft pick in 2019 or 2020.[13]

In the 2018–19 season, Blandisi began with the San Diego Gulls of the AHL before he was called up to the Ducks to feature in 3 scoreless games. After his return to the Gulls, Blandisi registered 23 points in 27 games, before he was traded by the Ducks to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Derek Grant on January 16, 2019.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

 
Blandisi during his tenure with the Albany Devils.
Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Vaughan Vipers OJHL 7 2 0 2 14
2011–12 Owen Sound Attack OHL 68 17 14 31 72 5 0 1 1 8
2012–13 Owen Sound Attack OHL 37 7 18 25 49
2012–13 Ottawa 67's OHL 26 8 18 26 68
2013–14 Ottawa 67's OHL 37 21 16 37 57
2013–14 Barrie Colts OHL 10 3 10 13 16
2014–15 Barrie Colts OHL 68 52 60 112 126 9 6 8 14 22
2015–16 Albany Devils AHL 27 9 14 23 49 11 2 1 3 14
2015–16 New Jersey Devils NHL 41 5 12 17 34
2016–17 Albany Devils AHL 31 8 17 25 60 2 0 0 0 6
2016–17 New Jersey Devils NHL 27 3 6 9 26
2017–18 Binghamton Devils AHL 19 3 11 14 24
2017–18 Anaheim Ducks NHL 3 0 0 0 2
2017–18 San Diego Gulls AHL 27 5 10 15 40
2018–19 San Diego Gulls AHL 27 8 15 23 42
2018–19 Anaheim Ducks NHL 3 0 0 0 6
2018–19 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 6 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 27 9 11 20 58
NHL totals 80 8 18 26 68

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
OHL
Third All-Star Team 2015

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "67's trade Ceci and Janes to Owen Sound". [Ottawa 67's]]. 2013-01-07. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
  2. ^ "Colts and 67's make big splash". Barrie Colts. 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
  3. ^ Chris Wassel (2015-09-19). "Joseph Blandisi brings chaos for the Devils". todaysslapshot.com. Retrieved 2015-09-19.
  4. ^ "Buffalo Sabres return 9 players to junior clubs". Niagara Frontier Publications. 2014-09-23. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  5. ^ "Colts name Joseph Blandisi captain". Ontario Hockey League. 2014-11-19. Retrieved 2014-11-19.
  6. ^ "Devils sign free agent Joseph Blandisi". New Jersey Devils. 2015-01-14. Retrieved 2015-01-14.
  7. ^ "Blandisi name overage player of the year". Ontario Hockey League. 2015-04-23. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  8. ^ "Barrie Colts captain led OHL in goals scored with 52". Barrie Examiner. 2015-05-12. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  9. ^ "Devils assign 15 to Albany". New Jersey Devils. 2015-09-27. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  10. ^ "Zajac on injured reserve, Blandisi recalled". New Jersey Devils. 2015-12-10. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
  11. ^ "Devils Blandisi enjoyed his initiation and NHL debut". NJ.com. 2015-12-12. Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  12. ^ "The Star Ledger". January 13, 2016.
  13. ^ "Ducks Acquire Henrique, Blandisi, 2018 Draft Pick from New Jersey". NHL.com. 2017-11-30. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  14. ^ "Penguins acquire forward Joseph Blandisi from the Anaheim Ducks". Pittsburgh Penguins. January 16, 2019. Retrieved January 16, 2019.

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