This week, we’ll highlight a prospect that is making noise in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL): 19-year-old Mathieu Joseph. The right-winger was selected in the fourth round, 120th overall, at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and is in his third season with the Saint John Sea Dogs.
“He’s got a good combo of size and speed,” Saint John Sea Dogs head coach Danny Flynn said. “He’s a dangerous forward.”
Last season, Joseph’s play ascended to a new level as he registered 21 goals and 21 assists in 59 regular season games with the Sea Dogs. His dazzling performance continued in the QMJHL playoffs where he recorded a goal and two assists in five games before the Sea Dogs fell in the first round to the Baie Comeau Drakkar.
This season, Joseph’s game continues to elevate. He has already surpassed last year’s goal and assist total with 30 goals and 33 assists in 49 games. This past week was no exception to Joseph’s masterful 2015-2016 campaign. On Valentine’s Day, he had an assist on top of tallying the game-winning goal in overtime against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens to propel the Sea Dogs to a 6-5 victory. The day before that, he again had a goal and an assist in the Sea Dogs’ 5-1 rout of the Drakkar.
When asked about Joseph’s performance over the past week, Flynn said he’s been remarkably consistent and acknowledged Joseph as one of the QMJHL’s best forwards. “He loves the game and has great competitive skill,” Flynn said. “Tampa Bay made a great pick where they got him.”
In addition to his success with the Sea Dogs, Joseph also represented the QMJHL in this year’s installment of the CHL Canada Russia Series. In Game Six, he scored two goals that carried the QMJHL to a 6-4 victory over their Russian counterparts.
Even with his triumphant season, Flynn stressed that Joseph needs more time to develop but also noted he’ll be a good pro once he gets more experience in juniors and in the AHL.