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09-15-2012, 03:34 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Spokane, WA.
13. Right Wing TJ Tynan
Weight: 168 lbs
How Acquired: Selected in the 3rd round (67th overall), 2011 NHL Draft
Analysis: After a stellar freshman season at the University of Notre Dame, the Jackets used the draft pick acquired for former first round pick Nikita Filatov to select diminutive forward TJ Tynan. Tynan took the NCAA by storm, scoring 23 goals and 54 points in 44 games, along with a solid +19 rating. Tynan's sophomore year showed a bit more struggle, as he was only able to put up 13 goals and 41 points in 39 games (and a -6 rating overall) - a slight drop off from his production as an 18 year old. Heading into this season, Tynan will look to step his offensive game back up as one of the team's veteran leaders.
Pros: Shifty skater, good playmaker, good skill overall
Cons: Size, two-way question marks; was last season's regression an off year or a sign of things to come?
Realistic Expectations: TJ has to be viewed as a boom or bust type of pick, really one the Jackets needed to make with the selection they had. After landing Boone Jenner in the prior round, the team had already landed itself a "safe prospect", and Tynan proved to be the guy that could potentially be a home run. If he can be a productive scorer at the pro level, this may in fact have been a home run pick - however, he doesn't have the intangibles to allow him to be a bottom 6 forward, so he will need to be productive to cut it in the NHL. What's nice is that, with two years of collegiate eligibility left, we have plenty of time to be patient and allow his game to get better.
Stylistic Comparison: Patrick Kane
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