Thread: Prospect Info: Tyler Biggs's discussion thread.
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11-28-2012, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by stanleyorbust View Post
Its kind of pointless to compare him to Kyle Clifford when he is only two years ahead of Tyler in terms of development/ proven what he can do in the NHL.

Kyle also played a lesser role on a completely stacked Barrie team while Biggs is playing a main role on a team without the same level of talent so its hard to compare their OHL stats.

Biggs will be in the NHL.. its just a matter of him deciding if he is going to be a hard-nosed 4th line guy.. or a 2nd/3rd liner who plays hard, drives the net, and contributes offensively as well.
You're actually providing your very own rebuttal here.

Clifford playing a lesser role with less talented linemates and less prime TOI/g and PP time and producing as he did is a credit to his success, not a weakness as you're trying to imply. Biggs opportunity at the same age is therefore greater so his stats should be greater accordingly, based on that factor of primary verses secondary role player due to situation.

The Clifford comparison is not my own, as its the opinion of actual NHL amateur scouts and can be found in the Hockey News. Leafs own Director of amateur scouting Dave Morrison in THN, himself is on record stating the organization is not expecting Biggs to be big scorer at the NHL level, but rather a big physical presence role player instead..

ie from TSN draft preview:
TSN Scout Grant McCagg:
Perhaps the most rugged forward to ever come out of the US development program, Biggs impressed scouts throughout the season with his robust and pro-style game. Strengths - Already built like a man, Biggs dominated his age group in terms of physical maturity and strength. Not afraid to drop the gloves or run over an opponent. Solid positional player, drives hard to the net, possesses a hard shot, strong character. Weaknesses - Feet and hands are average, limited offensive upside, lacks creativity. Prone to taking bad penalties, will need more discipline. NHL Upside - Has been compared to Los Angeles Kings' forward Kyle Clifford. Should be a tough, intimidating second or third-line winger who will battle hard.
Which describes Kyle Clifford's role on the Kings, and the reason he was a high selection #35 overall in 2009, for all the intangibles beyond goals and assists he brings to the game. Hitting, fighting, crease crashing and being physically imposing are the areas that Leafs are looking for Biggs to make an impact in, when he gets to the NHL level.

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