Joseph Joins Warriors Ahead of Season
The Moose Jaw Warriors filled out their overage spots with the addition of a potential impact forward on Saturday.
Moose Jaw acquired 20-year-old forward Jadon Joseph from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for a third-round selection in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft and a conditional fifth-round selection in 2022.
Joseph said it is nice to have his new home decided ahead of the season after entering the Giants' training camp as one of six 20-year-olds on their roster.
"None of us really knew what was going to happen, there was just so many situations that it could have played and when I got the call in the morning, I figured I was getting traded and when I found out where I was going, I was pretty excited," Joseph said.
The Sherwood Park, AB product posted 10 goals and 28 points in 32 games with the Giants to finish last season. He had 22 goals and 53 points in 68 games between the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Regina Pats, and Vancouver last season.
Joseph, who arrived in Moose Jaw on Monday, said he is looking forward to joining an up-and-coming Warriors team ahead of Friday's season opener.
"I heard it's a young group, I know a few guys over here and I'm happy with what I can bring to the team," Joseph said. "I want to be successful and I want to help the organization be successful."
The Warriors feel Joseph will fit in well with the Warriors current lineup.
"He's a player that myself and our coaching staff have always respected in terms of the way he plays the game, he's a hardworking guy, he plays a strong hard two-way game, he plays the game the right way, high character guy and can contribute offensively," Warriors GM Alan Millar said.
Joseph has played in 58 playoff games over the past three seasons and will bring a lot of experience to the Warriors lineup, including a trip to the Western Hockey League final with the Giants last season. He finished with seven goals and 12 points in 22 games during the run with Vancouver.
"My leadership, I'm the older one here, we have a lot of young guys here, so I'm going to be putting them under my wing, you could say that, but my skill, work ethic is a big one and just doing what I have to do to get things done," Joseph said.
"I've been on a team with a lot of exceptional players, so you kind of fit in the pack and learn from them and now everything I've learned in my career, I have to bring it here."
Joseph and the Warriors open their season against the rival Pats in Regina on Friday night and then they host the Pats on Saturday night for their home opener at Mosaic Place.
You can catch all the play-by-play action on Country 100 and at mjwarriors.ca both nights, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:40 p.m. Tickets are also available at mjwarriors.ca.
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