NHL draft profile: Tyler Biggs
June, 18, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series on top prospects for the NHL draft looks at forward Tyler Biggs, who played for the USA Under-18 team this past season.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Tyler Biggs. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: April 30, 1993/Binghamton, New York
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 pounds
Position: Right Wing
2010-11 Team: USA Under-18
|NHL Central Scouting||22nd (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||23rd overall|
|International Scouting Services||31st overall|
|The Hockey News||20th overall|
|Played for the USA Under-18 team, registering 28 points (17 goals, 11 assists) and 112 penalty minutes in 48 games. Had 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) and 49 penalty minutes in 6 games as USA won gold at 2011 World Under-18
|Played for the USA Under-17 team in 2009-10, registering 23 points (15 goals, 8 assists) and 85 penalty minutes in 40 games. Had no points in 7 games as USA won gold at 2010 World Under-18 Championship.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Hockey sense. Work ethic. Finishing.
Negatives: Skating has improved but some scouts don't give him style points.
Link: ESPN.com Tyler Biggs Profile
|"He has that leadership quality … that desire, that passion, that competitiveness. He just never quits. He's a young player who has taken the role as leader of his team. He does most of their fighting when they have to fight. He's kind of the guy that when someone starts picking on somebody, he's standing up for them. I think while wearing the 'C' may have taken a little away from his offensive finish, my gut feeling is that I can't think of anything else but an uphill path for Tyler." - Jack Barzee, NHL Central Scouting
"Biggs is terrifying to match up against as he is a big, strong kid who knows how to use his biggest assets to his advantage. His intimidating and crushing physical forechecks open the door for a lot of offensive pressure and he has proven that he can take advantage of that around the net. He has a great shot with a good quick release but does most of his offensive damange directly in front of the net." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"Rugged, ultra tough winger has established himself as one of the most feared fighters in this class. The question is whether he'll be a true power forward or only a checker/fighter at the NHL level. Lacks the offensive instincts and vision to be a top 6 forward, but creates a lot of space for his linemates. Plays with a mean edge - really nasty with a snarling aggression and absolutely firece along the walls. Hits to hurt and intimidate. Owns the corners. Drives through checks and has a heavy shot with a quick release. Strong in puck pursuit and finishes all this checks really hard." - Red Line Report 2011 Draft Guide
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.