Encouraged by the potential and rapid development of defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph, the Pittsburgh Penguins did not hesitate to invite the Quebecer into the bubble of the National Hockey League (NHL) for the most recent playoffs.
The Pennsylvania club has indeed decided to add the name of Laval to the list of 31 players who will accompany the club to Canada for the resumption of activities on the circuit. Even if the Penguins’ journey was not very long – the Montreal Canadiens eliminated them in the qualifying round – the experience gained is still very precious.
“The experience of being in the bubble [à Toronto] was definitely part of his progression to the next stage. We want him to know how we feel, that he belongs [à la LNH]Penguins director of player development Scott Young said in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published Wednesday.
Joseph was drafted in the first round in the 2017 NHL Draft. He was the 23rd overall when the Arizona Coyotes called out his name. It was then acquired by the Penguins along with Alex Galchenyuk in the deal involving Phil Kessel in June 2019.
In his first professional season in 2019-2020 with the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins, he had three goals and 17 points in 52 games. He also kept a +2 differential.
“He’s young and he had such a good season last year. He’s almost there. He’s knocking on the door, ”Young said.