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#2 Joe Hicketts
Pos: D
D.O.B.: 5/4/96
From: Kamloops, BC
Height: 5'8
Weight: 177
Shoots: Left
Drafted: Undrafted
Acquired: Signed to 3-yr contract by Detroit (NHL) 9/24/14
Personal:
Plus: Tremendous skater... Plays larger than size, willing to play physical... Positionally sound defenseman who uses his speed to make plays... Great work ethic and leadership skills...
Minus: Undersized especially for a defenseman... injury concerns...
Organizational Comments: Red Wings GM - Ken Holland "He's got great hockey sense, he really distributes the puck well. He knows how to join the rush and he's competitive. At five-foot-eight, he's obviously not the biggest guy, but he knows how to position himself. He's got great instincts and hockey IQ. We're real happy with the first half of the season he's had after we signed him."
What GRC says: Summer 2016 There area lot of things to like about Hicketts, the "little engine that could". He has a a motor that never quits and will outwork and outlast other players. He was an undrafted free agent tryout that earned a contract and improved his game to be a member of the Canadian world junior team. He should be a key to the powerplay and give the Griffins blueline a boost. He has been compared favorably to former wing Brian Rafalski.

Role: Offensive Defenseman
Projection: NHL Top 4 Blueliner

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Transactions
9/10/14 Invited to training Camp
9/24/14 Signed 3-yr contract with Detroit (NHL)
4/20/15 Reassigned by Detroit from Victoria (WHL)
4/24/16 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)