Future Watch: Mathieu Joseph Rookie Hockey Cards, Lightning – Mathieu Joseph was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the 120th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. As a high scoring forward, this was thought to be a steal of a pick.
In 2013-14, he got his feet wet with the Saint John Sea Dogs. In 2014-15, he had 21 goals and 42 points in 59 games. He got to play in the postseason and had three points in five games. Next year was going to be his draft year.
The winger had 33 goals and 73 points in 58 games for the 2015-16 season. He scored a goal a game in the playoffs and had seven points in five games. And yet he slipped in the draft. Defensive concerns and a slight frame may have been the reasons why.
He broke out in 2016-17. He had 36 goals and 80 points in 54 games. In 18 postseason games, he had 13 goals and 32 points! He was a QMJHL champion that year leading all scorers with assists and points and he was selected to the second all-star team. In the middle of the year, he represented his country in the U20 World Junior Championship and took home a silver medal. He had five points in seven games.
In 2017-18, the Lightning resisted temptation and sent Joseph to the AHL for the entire season. He had a nice year with 15 goals and 53 points in 70 games.
Here’s a look at one of his goals:
Future Watch: Mathieu Joseph Rookie Hockey Cards, Lightning – Stats
Future Watch: Mathieu Joseph Rookie Hockey Cards, Lightning – More Resources
Future Watch: Mathieu Joseph Rookie Hockey Cards, Lightning – Image Gallery
For more from Russ Cohen, follow him on Twitter @sportsology.
Russ Cohen is the author of several top-selling sports related books.
Baseball’s Best Rookies
Numbers Don’t Lie: Mets: The Biggest Numbers in Mets History
100 Ranger Greats: Superstars, Unsung Heroes and Colorful Characters
100 Things Rangers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die
“Strike Three!” – A Player’s Journey through the Infamous Baseball Strike of 1994
The Winter Classic: The NHL’s Savior
The Philadelphia Flyers: Images of Sports
Pioneers of Baseball
- Future Watch: Connor Bunnaman Rookie Hockey Cards, Flyers - July 7, 2020
- Future Watch: Robert Puason Rookie Baseball Cards, A’s - July 6, 2020
- Future Watch: Ryan Poehling Rookie Hockey Cards, Canadiens - June 30, 2020