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2011 Draft Watch: Tyler Biggs

The 2011 draft is a little more than a month away, and we all know that Gordie Clark, Glen Sather, and the collection of Rangers scouts are holding many meetings to discuss potential players on their draft boards. The Rangers have the 15th overall pick in this year’s draft, and while most of the prospects on people’s lists will be gone (Nugent-Hopkins, Larsson, Courturier, etc), there are a good amount of prospects that would help the Rangers in the long run. Today we look at #16 in the ISS Top-30, Tyler Biggs of US U-18 National Team.

The first thing you notice about Biggs is his physique. Standing at 6’2″ and 200 lbs, Biggs has an NHL size body, and wasn’t afraid to show it off at the NHL Combine. Throughout the day, Biggs showed that he would definitely be able to handle the physical toll the NHL takes on a player. He was one of the prospects that really stood out physically at the Combine.

When looking at Biggs’ numbers this season with the U-18 team, they are a bit disappointing. Finishing with just 11 points (seven goals) in 20 games, Biggs did not meet expectations from many scouts, even if those expectations were a bit unfair. When he is playing well, Biggs uses his size to his advantage, and showcases his powerful skating ability by just clearing a path wherever he goes. Luckily for his teammates, he tends to go right for the net, making him a prototypical power forward. He is a great “grinder”, and uses his body to shield the puck while cycling before crashing the net. The kid is a great on-ice leader, and leads his teammates by example.

What worries scouts, aside from his production, is his hockey IQ and his creativity. To be a successful top-six forward in the NHL, a player needs to be strong in both areas, even if his job may be to just get in front of the net. He also is not the swiftest of skaters (even if he is a beast), and doesn’t have the best of hands. Despite all this, Biggs was still ranked the #5 prospect by Central Scouting in their mid-term report. That may have helped kill his reputation, as the production didn’t match the ranking.

Biggs is a good hockey player at his current level, but is definitely a project pick. The prototypical power forward, Biggs is definitely a guy that will need to rely on his size and strength in the NHL, as compensation for weaker hands and skating ability. Opinions differ on Biggs, some have him him, some have him off their boards completely. Biggs will still likely be a first round pick, but it’s a matter of if he materializes into a top-six forward.

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15 Responses to “2011 Draft Watch: Tyler Biggs”

  1. Blueshirt in Paris says:

    I actually doubt he goes in the first round. There is really not much to get excited about his overall game.

    • Dave says:

      He’s still projected to go in the first round, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him, or anyone really, slip. It’s such a weak draft after the lottery picks. Everything is a toss up.

      This draft has the potential to be similar to the 1999 draft.

      • Blueshirt in Paris says:

        Well no way we pick him…hopefully.

        I think this draft has good depth up to about 17-18. Luckily we are in that. all it takes is one or two teams to go off the board and we can hopefully get who we want.

        • Dave says:

          I’m going to have to disagree, outside of the first few picks after the lottery picks, everything is a toss up. There is potential, but a lot of areas that players need to fix. This is widely known as one of the weaker drafts recently.

          • Blueshirt in Paris says:

            Lottery pick goes to 14 so a few picks outside that is what I said.

            I guess we can go back and forth on this and I agree this is not a strong draft but there are some good picks that could be had. Not elite but possible good nhl players. Are there a lot? no? Are they clear cut? no.

            My point is at 15 we should still have a good chance at one of these. Not sure we need to trade up since I agree they are most of the same caliber (until you get to around 5th) just pick with traits you want and which deficiencies you can live with.

  2. KC says:

    You didn’t mention that his dad, Don, starred for the Binghamton Rangers in the early 90s.

    • Dave says:

      I did not know this.

      • Brian SCS says:

        When my brother was attending Binghampton many years ago he told me of a couple Rangers he met at a bar and played pool with – Rob Zamuner and Tie Domi. I recall him saying that this Domi guy was one of the meanest looking dudes he had ever seen.

        • Dave says:

          I went to Binghamton too (no p…you’ll get burned at the stake). If he was in Bing when Domi was there, it must have been a while ago.

          • Brian SCS says:

            I checked, it had to have been 90-91 bc that was the only year that both were on the roster. I remember when Domi was called up too. Man, that makes me feel old.

  3. Matt J says:

    I’m thinking that we maybe move up a couple spots and just pick Mcneill and be done with it. I think Slats knew all along during the Erixon deal that this draft will be very weak.

  4. Brian SCS says:

    I really don’t watch any of these prospects so I can only go on what I read but it seems to me that McNeill will be our guy if he’s still on the board at 15. And possibly Jensen after that. Grimaldi intriques me as well so I guess I would be satisfied with any one of those 3. After that I could see them moving the pick for a couple later picks.

    • Dave says:

      McNeill will likely go top-ten, his stock is rising fast. I like Jensen, and he looks like he will be available.