Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

OHL Top 10: Joe Carroll

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds finished tied for second in overall points among Western Conference teams to close out 2018-2019. Evidently, once it was all settled they officially finished third in the West with a 44-16-7-1 record. A roster loaded with talent and experience, it was no surprise to see the Greyhounds near the top of the OHL standings.

With names such as Mac Hollowell, Morgan Frost, Barret Hayton, and Keegan Howdeshell just to name a few, it is easy to overlook a few others who are also on their own path to the National Hockey League.

Joseph Carroll is one of those players. Joe was drafted in the 4th round, 78th overall by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 2017 OHL priority selection draft.

Joe Carroll of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

6’3″ and 194 pounds, Carroll is a power forward who skates extremely well for a player with his stature, utilizing his size well when retrieving pucks along the boards. In his rookie season Joe tallied 9 goals and 9 assists in 53 games during 2017-2018, he added 4 points in 24 playoff games that year.

Joe set his sights on his sophomore season with the Greyhounds and the improvement was evident. Carroll tallied 31 points in 63 games this past season, also posting three points in the short two-round playoff run for Sault Ste. Marie.

Joseph is not your flashy goal scoring, playmaker that will shock you with his blazing speed and jaw-dropping stickhandling ability. He plays hard, heavy and gets to the right areas on the ice. An effective bottom-six forward that can grind opposing teams players down during the course of a game.

Joe Carroll of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

The Greyhounds winger is currently ranked 101st among North American skaters for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. The Carp, Ontario born forward will be a 4th to 7th round pick but with another season or two in the OHL, the upside is intriguing.

Size and speed will ease the transition from junior to pro hockey and are a couple of reasons why NHL scouts have taken notice. Carroll has a longer projection path but, with the time and the right development staff around him, there is a high probability you see Joe in the NHL sooner rather than later.

Joseph will see a significant increase in his responsibility and ice-time once the 2019-2020 OHL season gets underway. Sault Ste. Marie will have some holes to fill with some key players moving on to the next chapters of their careers, Joe Carroll will be relied upon heavily to fill those voids in the lineup as younger players get acclimated.

It’s probable you see an increase in Carroll’s scoring numbers as he gets a bigger role with the Greyhounds. The NHL draft will add “fuel to the fire” if Joseph Carroll does indeed become an NHL draft pick.