This was Joseph Blandisi’s first pro season. After dominating the OHL in 2014-15, Blandisi jumped to Albany, where he would put up very good numbers for a first year pro. His play in Albany would warrant a call-up in December, but he would go back and forth between the Devils and A-Devs until February. He would remain with the team until the end of the season, eventually joining the A-Devs for their playoff run. It was an interesting first year for Blandisi, so let’s take a look below.
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It was a very encouraging season for the rookie. His 17 points weren’t spectacular, but he did play only half a season. His possession numbers were also encouraging for 21 year old kid. Hynes gave Blandisi favorable zone starts at even strength, which was a good thing. His CorsiRel% wasn’t a huge number, but it’s better than having a negative number. Hynes used Blandisi very well in his 41 games. He barely saw any penalty kill time, and that was smart as he isn’t a defensive specialist. His power play numbers were encouraging. 86 minutes isn’t that much, but compare that to his 5v5 numbers and you can see it’s a pretty big difference.
Some bad things about his season was his penalty differential. His -9 in all situations sucks, as he should be drawing more penalties than he takes. He’s always had a high amount of PIM, though. He put up more PIMs in his 27 AHL games than he did in his 41 NHL games, so that’s encouraging. What’s not encouraging is that Blandisi is already pegged as a diver. That’s not an unwarranted claim, either. There was this hilarious one in February, and then this one a week later. Obviously it’s funny to look back at, but it’s not funny that Blandisi will have the attention of the refs next year. I understanding wanting to draw calls, and everyone does it, but his attempts were just bad.
One last thing to look at for Blandisi is his zone start percentage in all situations. Blandisi started way more shifts in the offensive zone than the defensive zone, which could impact his positive Corsi numbers.
Season Grade: C
Blandisi had a solid season for New Jersey and Albany, but there were some things to watch for in the future. The embellishment calls are one thing, but it’s also disappointing that he had only 5 points in his last 23 games with New Jersey. He had 12 in his first 18 games. He also only put up 4 points in 11 playoff games with Albany. He slowed down once the season progressed. That can be attributed to his first pro season, but it would’ve been nice to see some more consistency. There’s no denying that the kid has skill, though. His between the legs goal against the Flyers is still something awesome to watch. He had a solid rookie season, and we can only hope that he builds off of next year.
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