He’s a 5.09, 180 sophomore from Burnaby, and Joey Laleggia has all of his cannons pointed in one direction. Laleggia is an undersized offensive defender with miles of skill.
Old timey Oiler fans well remember the names–from HOF quality like Paul Coffey to exceptional talents like Reijo Ruotsalainen, to guys who carved out NHL careers like Marc-Andre Bergeron–the offensive defenseman (so-called “chaos D” around these parts) have certainly had their place with the Oilers during high times.
One of the interesting human interest sidelights to the Laleggia story is his friendship with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins:
- “We’re from the same home town and we played together at the Burnaby Winter Club since we were six years old. He’s one of my best friends and he’s pretty happy that I’m here as well. He was the second phone call I got after I got drafted by the Oilers. We were both pretty excited about it.”
Summer 2012: #20
Winter 2012: #15
- Corey Pronman: Laleggia enters his third draft-eligible season after a very successful first WCHA season where he was named the conference’s Rookie of the Year. He’s a good skater with a great offensive mind who would be a nice shot in the dark pick in the mid-rounds due to his notable offensive upside. He flashes high-end hockey sense with his quick game processing and he’s really effective moving the puck out of his own end and controlling the blue line on the power play. Laleggia has solid puck skills as well, at times showing above average, but he is a much better passer than he is an individual creator. He skates well, moving fluidly in all four directions. His main weakness is his physical game, which is below replacement level. I’ve seen him listed at 5’10″, which is generous in my opinion as he looks pretty small on the ice, and he is not effective at all when he’s engaging. Despite his hockey smarts, I don’t see him as being effective defensively to any notable degree at the pro level.
- 2011-12: 43, 11-27-38, 78 shots in 43 games (1.81 shots per game)
- 2012-13: 14, 6-8-114, 40 shots in 14 games (2.86 shots per game)
#15 ranked prospects on December lists:
- December 2004: R Troy Bodie
- December 2005: R Colin McDonald
- December 2006: D Jeff Petry
- December 2007: R Colin McDonald
- December 2008: G Devan Dubnyk
- December 2009: D Alex Plante
- December 2010: G Olivier Roy
- December 2011: D Brandon Davidson
- December 2012: D Joey Laleggia