Joel Daccord's stock jumped exponentially in his draft year, going from unranked at the mid-term to 14th in the final rankings by Central Scouting Service. The North Andover, Mass. native has yet to commit to a NCAA program, but that should be coming soon.
Daccord has always had a goaltending coach to lean on in his father Brian, a former goaltender at Merrimack who was the goaltending consultant for the Boston Bruins in the early 2000s. He now runs Stop it Goaltending throughout New England.
Back to the younger Daccord, Joel was a workhorse for Rob Gagnon's Cushing Academy squad this past winter. The Penguins are one of the perennial powerhouses of prep school hockey.
Daccord has solid fundamentals and is sound positionally. He is a big goaltender who takes up a lot of the net and also does a good job squaring up to shooters.
Daccord's QMJHL rights are owned by the Saint John Sea Dogs and his USHL rights by the Omaha Lancers, but every indication is he will return to Cushing for his senior season. In a day and age where kids are committing earlier and earlier, it will be interesting to see what college program lands Daccord in the coming year.
Central Scouting Final Ranking: 14
Hometown: North Andover, Mass.
2013-14 Team: Cushing Academy (New England Prep)
2014-15 Team: Cushing Academy (New England Prep)
Strengths: Big-bodied goaltender who takes up much of the net and has sound fundamentals
Weaknesses: Rebound control and puck handling
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