OHL Prospect Profile: Joshua Orrico
– Joshua Orrico –
Toronto Red Wings (GTHL) | Defence| 2019 OHL Draft Eligible
Ontario, Canada | 5-foot-8, 150-pounds | June 15th, 2003
If the Toronto Red Wings hope to legitimately compete with the likes of the Don Mills Flyers, Toronto Nationals, and Toronto Marlboros during the 2018-19 GTHL season, they’ll need to receive contributions from throughout their lineup.
Fortunately for the Red Wings, their impressive team depth has quickly become one of the club’s defining features. Loaded offensively, stable on the blue line, and seemingly impenetrable in-goal, the Red Wings have to come present a significant challenge to the GTHL’s top teams and are only growing in strength.
One major component of the Red Wings’ torrent play throughout the 2018-19 campaign has been defenceman Joshua Orrico — a fluid skater and mobile defender whose game at both ends of the ice continues to grow with each passing game. Sure, Orrico missed time to begin his first year of OHL Draft eligibility, however, the defender has been absolutely dominant since his return.
- Skating Ability
- Playmaking and Vision
- Offensive Instincts
Quick feet and stellar skating abilities stand as the foundation of Orrico’s game, as the young defender can move throughout the ice with ease and is of a purposeful and direct nature. Slippery within his own zone owing to his ample agility, Orrico can avoid opposing fore-checkers with impressive consistency and boasts the composure necessary to make crisp and accurate breakout passes in the face of overwhelming pressure.
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Orrico’s ability to move the puck with a purpose derives directly from his natural playmaking abilities, as the youngster features exceptional on-ice vision as well as the poise and creativity necessary to fire dangerous passes throughout the ice with apparent ease. Now, this isn’t to say that Orrico will become the next playmaking dynamo, but rather that his abilities can facilitate crisp puck movement at both ends of the ice.
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Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Orrico’s growing game is his poise and composure when in possession of the puck. Although referred to above, Orrico’s patience cannot be understated, as his ability to out-wait his opponents in order to implement the best play possible has come to fuel the Red Wings’ offence while stabilizing their defensive zone in the process.
Area of Improvement:
- Shot Power and Penetration
- Physical Strength
Standing 5-foot-8 and 150-pounds, it goes without saying that Orrico is not the most physically intimidating player on the ice. However, this reality is of no fault of his own, as the youngster has simply yet to fill out his growing frame. With this being said, increasing his physical strength in the coming years must be Orrico’s primary focus — once of improved balance and stability, Orrico will become a truly dynamic defender.
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Tied directly to Orrico’s smaller stature is his shot power and its resulting penetration. At the moment, Orrico is largely a pass-first player given his tremendous vision and lack of shot strength. Once a more physically mature force, Orrico would do well to pound the puck on goal more often — as penetrative point shots have the ability to generate numerous rebounds and offensive opportunities.
Ultimately, Orrico should develop into a stellar two-way defender at the next-level once he adds greater size and strength to his frame.
Boasting maturity beyond his years, Orrico features the confidence and poise of a seasoned veteran and the dynamic skill-set to match. Although he was not a major point producer as of the 2018-19 season, Orrico should develop into a lethal threat from the blue line in the coming seasons as he polishes and fine-tunes his overall game.
In short, there’s a great deal to like with respect to Orrico’s play. Come the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, expect Orrico to be chosen in the third-to-fifth round range — if not higher.