Future Watch: Josh Mahura Rookie Hockey Cards, Ducks – Josh Mahura was drafted 85th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. In 2014, he broke in with the Red Deer Rebels.
During that first season, the 6-1 defenseman played 51 regular season games and five playoff games. It was a good introduction to junior hockey.
In 2015-16, the Canadian blueliner was hurt for most of the regular season. He was back for the playoffs and had four points in a 17-game stint. He finished out the season strong considering he came back from a torn MCL.
In 2016-17 he started with Red Deer and then was traded to Regina. He had 20 points in 34 games there and then made it to the Memorial Cup (Red Deer was the host team). In 23 games he had eight goals and 21 points. They made it to the semi-finals. He was now a full-fledged offensive threat.
In 2017-18, the rearguard wore the “A”. He had an amazing 22 goals and 69 points in 60 games. He added five points in the postseason in seven games. That’s where his junior career ended.
Here’s a look at the kind of offense he can generate:
Mahura saw time in the AHL with the San Diego Gulls and time with the Anaheim Ducks when they had injuries on the back-end. With Anaheim in 17 games, he had five points. With the Gulls, he had 19 points in 40 games. That’s a solid rookie campaign in a tough league. He saw some playoff action in the AHL as well.
He’s close to the NHL and he has a nice blend of offense and toughness. He could be a really good defenseman in a short amount of time and don’t be surprised if his shot finds the back of the net a bit more too.
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