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By the Numbers Prospects: Jared McIsaac

Defense prospect had great season despite shoulder injury which required surgery

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

By the Numbers will highlight the on-ice accomplishments in the 2018-19 season for the Detroit Red Wings' prospects. Twice a week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player in the system, focusing on his statistical highs. This week we focus on defenseman Jared McIsaac.

The Detroit Red Wings were thrilled when Halifax Mooseheads defenseman Jared McIsaac was available early in the second round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft as many mock drafts had him going late in the first round.

So the Wings took McIsaac with their second pick in the second round, 36th overall.

McIsaac impressed the Wings with his play during the prospect tournament, which unfortunately was cut short by injury.

The young defenseman was able to return in early October and had two assists in his first game, which was a good indicator of his season to come.

McIsaac made Team Canada's world junior championship team at age 18, joining fellow 2018 draftee Joe Veleno, and contributed one assist in four games.

McIsaac and Veleno were on opposing sides when the Mooseheads met the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the Memorial Cup, a series the Mooseheads won.

The Mooseheads hosted the Memorial Cup and although Rouyn-Noranda defeated Halifax, 4-2, in the championship, McIsaac was able to show off some of the skills that made the Wings take him.

But McIsaac wasn't able to show off everything he can do because he was not 100 percent healthy.

The shoulder injury he had during the prospect tournament was aggravated throughout the season, even though McIsaac continued to play.

The Mooseheads announced Thursday that McIsaac was scheduled to undergo surgery in Detroit to repair his shoulder capsule and would need 5-6 months to recover.

Tweet from @HFXMooseheads: Jared McIsaac is expected to miss the next 5-6 months following shoulder surgery.

Impressively, McIsaac improved in all areas of his game and made the QMJHL's Second All-Star Team despite the injury.

53 -- The young defenseman played in just 53 games for the Mooseheads in the 2018-19 season after playing in 65 the previous season and 59 during the 2016-17 season.

62 -- Despite playing fewer games, McIsaac registered 62 points, the most of his career. Last season, he had 47 points in 65 games and in 2016-17, he amassed 32 points in 59 games. McIsaac was second among QMJHL defensemen in points. Only Charle-Edouard D'Astous of Rimouski had more with 66 points in 55 games.

16 -- McIsaac had 16 goals, seven more than the nine he had the previous season and 12 more than he had during the 2016-17 season. The 16 goals were tied for second among QMJHL defensemen. Only Cape Breton's Leon Gawanke had more with 17 in 62 games. Rouyn-Noranda's Justin Bergeron also had 16 but in 65 games and Charlottetown's Hunter Drew had 16 in 61 games. McIsaac also had 16 points in 22 playoff games, most among Halifax's defensemen and fifth on the team. Raphael Lavoie led the team with 32 playoff points.

46 -- McIsaac had 46 assists in 53 games, which was third among QMJHL defensemen and marked a new career best. He had 38 assists in 65 games the previous season and 28 assists in 59 games during the 2016-17 season. D'Astous led league defensemen with 52 assists in 55 games and Drummondville's Nicolas Beaudin was second with 49 assists in 53 games.

33 -- McIsaac has consistently been a plus player in his three seasons in Halifax but he took it to a new level this past season at plus-33, tied with teammates Jake Ryczek and Joel Bishop. Forward Samuel Asselin led the Mooseheads at plus-50. Last season McIsaac was plus-14 and his first year he was plus-7.

141 - During his Mooseheads career, McIsaac has 141 points, the second most by a defenseman in team history. Only Konrad Abeltshauser has more, with 150 in four seasons in Halifax.

179 -- The 179 shots McIsaac had were the most among Mooseheads defensemen and ranked sixth on the team. Arnaud Durandeau led the way with 209 shots. 14 - McIsaac tied teammate Maxim Trepanier for the team lead in playoff assists with 14, a team-leading eight of those coming on the power play.

Quotable: "He had a really good year. It's a little bit unfortunate that his season ended like that but I think for him, he took good steps, obviously making the world juniors was a real good accomplishment given his age. The shoulder's bothered him for a while and now he can just focus on getting better, rehabbing it back. He should be back sometime in November, early December, which should give him enough time to get out there and play a little bit of hockey and hopefully get back on that world junior team. But regardless, it's not going to be something that's rushed. It's not a quick injury to come back from and it needs to be rehabbed properly. I think it's a credit to him, it shows his resiliency and his compete. For anyone who's had those injuries, which I've had, I've had the same surgery he's had, it's something that will kind of wear away at you as the season goes on quite often. I'm happy. I think it's a good sign for us that he was able to play through that and play well. He'll go back for his final year of junior, he'll have another good team again next year and we'll watch him throughout the year and analyze and see where he's at at the end of the year. Obviously it's going to take him a little bit, being out for a while, but I think once he gets going, I expect him to take another step forward. He finished with a real good points per game compared to everyone else in the league. Next year he's going to be a year older, a year stronger, a year more experienced so I expect him to go in there and really probably be one of the best defensemen in the league." -- Shawn Horcoff, Red Wings director of player development

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