The St. John’s IceCaps have signed defenceman Josiah Didier to a one year AHL contract.
By all accounts 2011 was a terrible draft year. The Canadiens certainly treated it as such. After drafting Nathan Beaulieu 18th in the first round, the Canadiens traded away their next three draft choices finally drafting Didier in the fourth round, 97th overall.
Didier is a big guy at 6’2” and 220 lbs. At the time he was what Canadiens amateur scouting director Trevor Timmins likes to call “a project”. Didier subsequently played four years with Denver University where his game showed absolutely no offensive component (148 games – 4 goals, 25 assists).
Still taking a wait-and-see approach, after his graduation the Hamilton Bulldogs signed Didier to a professional tryout contract on March 31st. Because the Hamilton defense was thinned down by the recall of Greg Pateryn and season ending injuries to Jarred Tinordi, Davis Drewiske and Bryan Allen, Didier managed to get top four time on defense. He recorded one assist in eight games.
It wasn’t enough to get him an entry level contract but earned a second look. Hence the one year AHL St. John’s IceCaps contract.
Didier was the first of three Canadiens picks in the fourth round. They also took left wing Olivier Archambault (108th overall), and Swedish defenceman Magnus Nygren (113th) neither of whom can now be considered prospects. However in the fifth round the grabbed up Saskatoon Blades junior Darren Dietz. Dietz remains in the Canadiens plans. He signed a three year entry level contract in March of 2013. His first pro year was hampered by injury. Last season he scored 4 goals and 17 points in 71 games.
ABOUT THE 2011 CANADIENS DRAFT
First Round –17th overall. D-Nathan Beaulieu (St. John Sea Dogs)
Second Round – 47th overall – traded to Florida for forward Dominic Moore
Second Round – 50th overall – Compensatory pick for not signing former first round pick David Fischer traded to Islanders for D James Wisniewski.
Third Round – 77th overall – Traded to Winnipeg for two fourth round picks (96th & 107th)
Fourth Round – 96th overall from Winnipeg – D Josiah Didier (Cedar Rapids -USHL).
Fourth Round – 107th regular choice re-acquired from Winnipeg after the March, 2011 Brent Sopel trade – LW Olivier Archambault (Val d’Or Foreurs).
Fourth Round – 113th overall – from Anaheim for Kyle Chipchura – D-Magnus Nygren (Farjestad Sweden)
Fifth Round – 138th overall – D-Darren Dietz (Saskatoon Blades)
Sixth Round – 168th overall – C –Daniel Prybl (Sparta Prague Jr.)
Seventh Round – 198th overall – D Colin Sullivan (Avon Old Farms High School)
MONTREAL (June 8, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have signed defenceman Josiah Didier to a one-year American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season.
Originally signed in March to a professional try out contract with the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton, Didier recorded an assist and five penalty minutes in eight games.
In 148 career NCAA games with the University of Denver from 2011 to 2015, the 6-3, 220-pound blueliner recorded 29 points (4 goals, 25 assists) and 203 penalty minutes. Before college, the Littleton, CO. native played with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL.