Prospect Profile: Joshua Niedermayer

Name: Joshua Niedermayer

Team: OHA Penticton (CSSHL)

Position: Defense

Hometown: Newport Beach, California

Height/Weight: 5’11 197lbs

Hand: Left

WHL Draft: 30th Overall – Vancouver Giants

DraftGeek Rank: 26th


Areas of Strength

  • All-Situations Player
  • Suffocating Defensive Game
  • Power Play Quarterback Qualities

Areas of Weakness

  • Over Committing Defensively
  • Mobility

Report: Son of NHL Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer, Josh’s already possess the necessary frame work to play in the WHL. A two-way defenseman with a high hockey IQ and naturally gifted physical assets, Niedermayer has all the capabilities of a top 15 selection. Engaged defensively, Niedermayer is able to picking up on developing chances between the dots and boxing players away from effective scoring areas. Playing super tight to his defensive assignment and lifting his stick, Niedermayer is able to quick adjust his position with high level anticipation abilities and awareness. A suffocating defensive pressure who punishes players below the goal line with bone crushing checks and out muscling in his defensive end. Niedermayer is deceptively agile despite his thick and strong frame, utilizes direct angles to the puck in order to win foot races and an intimidating presence to get involved with in a footrace. A student of the game whose understand of different offensive schemes and positioning allows him to effectively read what is going on, once he learns to communicate with his defensive group he’s going to be an absolute architect in his defensive zone. Always has his stick in front of his body. A reliable puck mover who can snap stretch passes to a stretching forward or work pucks to the offensive end with heavy puck transporting abilities. Doesn’t over complicate his game with the puck, Niedermayer manages the space given to him in the neutral zone and doesn’t look to adjust his angle of attack, instead just dumps it in whenever he runs out of real estate. Niedermayer’s special team play is elite, not only is he going to be a top penalty killer but he’s also got the potential of running the power play as the quarterback. Setting himself up a few feet inside the blue line and possessing a hammer of a slap shot that always finds its way to the net. Translates that understanding in his own zone to the offensive side of the game by instinctively making fluid passes and naturally setting up offensive chances from the blue line with firm passes to team mates sticks. All in all, Niedermayer is an aggressive defensive presence who sort of conserves his energy in a lot of areas. Once he leans out his skating won’t be so clunky and his energy will be at a much higher level than it is right now.