Derek Joslin only played 17 games with the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2010-2011 season, but many fans quickly saw that he could be a good second or third pairing defenseman for years to come. He only posted 5 points (1G, 4A) in those 17 games, but had a +7 rating and only 2 PIMs. The 6’1”, 210-pound, Richmond Hill, Ontario native joined the Canes after being traded by the San Jose Sharks for “future considerations,” which in hockey speak, pretty much means “just a little more than a bag of pucks or two.” The 24 year old was a 5th round pick, 149th overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2005 NHL entry draft and has only played a total of 70 games in the NHL, registering 12 points (2G, 10A) and a +3 rating. He also won the hardest shot competition at the 2009 AHL All-Star Skills Competition.
During this past off-season, Joslin signed a 2-year contract that will pay him $650,000 this coming season and $750,000 in 2012-13. In the press release from the team, Hurricanes’ General Manager Jim Rutherford noted of Joslin, “Derek is a young defenseman who played well after joining the Hurricanes last year…He has now put himself in a position to be a full-time NHL player.” That full press release can be found here. Most fans hope this to be the case, as well, as Joslin posted career-highs (so far) in games played, goals, assists and points during the 2010-2011 season.
Below are highlights from the game of Joslin’s first and only goal last year as a member of the Hurricanes on April 6th, 2011 against the Detroit Red Wings. I’m sure Caniacs will see more of his goal scoring abilities and being more sound in the defensive zone during this season.
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