| 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
| New Jersey Devils|
| July 18, 1994 (age 21)
Markham, Ontario, CAN (1994-07-18) |
200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
162nd overall, 2012
Joseph Blandisi Wikipedia
Joseph Blandisi (born July 18, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey Forward currently playing for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted 162nd overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
After playing in the Ontario Junior Hockey League with the Vaughan Vipers, Blandisi was selected in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, 61st overall, by the Owen Sound Attack. Upon completing his rookie season with the Sound Attack in the Ontario Hockey League, Blandisi was drafted in the sixth round, 162nd overall, by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. In his sophomore season in 2012–13, Blandisi was traded by the Owen Sound Attack to the Ottawa 67's in exchange for Cody Ceci on January 7, 2013. Despite lacking in height, Blandisi possessed a solid frame and improved upon his rookie season with 51 points in 63 games.
Blandisi's tenure in Ottawa was limited to exactly a year, for in the 2013–14 season on January 8, 2014, he was dealt by the rebuilding 67's to the Barrie Colts. Limited to just 47 games again due to injury, Blandisi still improved to a point-per-game scoring rate. In the off-season, Blandisi was not offered a contract by the Colorado Avalanche and was re-entered into the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, in which he was passed over.
In preparation for the 2014–15 season, Blandisi attended the Buffalo Sabres training camp by invitation on September 13, 2014. At the conclusion of camp he was returned to the Colts without a contract. Amongst the leadership group with the Colts, Blandisi was later named captain on November 19. He broke out offensively in his overage season and was leading the club in scoring when he was signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the New Jersey Devils on January 14, 2015. He finished the season leading the OHL in goal scoring with 52 markers in 68 games and placing fourth in overall scoring with 112 points. Upon the club's second-round exit in the post-season, Blandisi was award the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as the OHL's overage player of the year. He placed second in voting for the OHL's most outstanding player award, the Red Tilson Trophy, only to star phenomenon Connor McDavid.
After attending his first New Jersey Devils training camp, Blandisi was assigned to begin his professional career in the 2015–16 season with AHL affiliate, the Albany Devils on September 27, 2015. Blandisi made a quick transition to the pro level, maintaining a scoring presence on Albany's top line with 16 points in 18 games before he received his first recall to the NHL by the Devils on December 10, 2015. Centering a line between Kyle Palmieri and Jiří Tlustý, he made a successful NHL debut with the Devils in a 3–2 overtime victory against the Detroit Red Wings on December 11, 2015. He recorded his first NHL point, an assist, on a Lee Stempniak goal on January 12, 2016. On January 21, 2016, in a game vs. the Ottawa Senators, Blandisi netted his first NHL goal, and also had 2 assists as part of a 3-point first period that ended with a 5–0 Devils lead, their largest scoring output for a single period of the season.