Pierre-Olivier Joseph of the Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL is the newest member of the Arizona Coyotes. Joseph is adding to the Coyotes defensive depth on the left side.
Joseph is still 17, he turns 18 on July 1st. He played 62 games in the QMJHL with 6 goals and 33 assists for 39 points as a young defenseman. He is a large, mobile defender who is hard to play against.
His older brother Mathieu was drafted in 2015 by the Tampa Bay Lighting in the 4th round.
Pierre-Olivier, 17, was a fifth-round pick in the 2015 QMJHL draft but is the third-highest prospect from the league behind Halifax center Nico Hischier (No. 2) and Victoriaville left wing Maxime Comtois (No. 15), according to NHL Central Scouting.
At his first training camp with Charlottetown in 2015, Joseph was sent back to Midget AAA to work on his game. It only took 19 games before he was called back up, earning a spot in the lineup at age 16. It was no easy task considering the position he played at 6-foot, 150 pounds at the time.
Joseph put on 10 pounds and played 48 games in his first season, and is now a vital part of an Islanders defense that also includes drafted NHL prospects Nicolas Meloche (Colorado Avalanche) and Guillaume Brisebois (Vancouver Canucks).
Joseph's offensive game has flourished under Charlottetown coach Jim Hulton, a former assistant coach with the Florida Panthers for three seasons. He has 39 points (six goals, 33 assists) in 59 games, and 20 points (three goals, 17 assists) on the power play.
Joseph wore an ‘A’ in Charlottetown with the Islanders. He could just be what the Coyotes are looking for down the line.
This story will be updated as it is a developing story.