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2018 NHL Draft Profile: Jonny Tychonick the wildcard defender

Jonny Tychonick is an excellent skater, but has a lot of inconsistencies in his game

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We’re just about a week from the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas. We’ll continue meeting options for the Buffalo Sabres to consider early in the second round or late in round one.

This time around it’s the interesting defenseman from the BCHL Jonny Tychonick. There’s a lot to like about his game, but also has a few red flags that stand out.

The Numbers

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 174 lbs.

Age: 18

Position: D

Shoots: L

Nationality: Canada

Team: Penticton Vees (BCHL)

Tychonick is from the Junior A BCHL in Canada. The talent level in that league is lower than what you’ll see in the CHL. That doesn’t mean that the 18-year-old can’t be a good player in the future. We saw one of the best players in the 2017 NHL Draft come out of the BCHL in Cale Makar last year.

A lot of players like Tychonick who are committed to the NCAA go to the BCHL since they cannot play in the CHL due to college eligibility rules. Playing in the BCHL does have some downfalls on the Canadian born defender. The talent level is lower as I mentioned and seeing him struggle defensively at times is concerning.

Without a doubt Tychonick’s biggest asset is his skating ability. He’s an impressive skater and great on his edges. He gets up and down the ice very well, but at times that seems like that’s all he does. He’s not very aggressive and while his skating flashes as you watch him, it doesn’t amount to much during the game at times.

He has some offensive upside to his game. Last season he scored nine goals and recorded 47 points in 48 games for the Vees. Tychonick is dangerous on the rush and that‘s where he‘s at his best, carrying the puck up the ice. He’s also a great power play quarterback with his puck distribution and offensive instincts.

His excellent skating ability saves him at times defensively. He can get away with some bad gap control and positioning due to his speed. That might not be the case when he gets to the college level.

Tychonick could add some bulk to his frame. He’s knocked off the puck by bigger players and isn’t aggressive in the corners. That could change with some more size and development over the next few years.

Final Thoughts

The thing that makes him so interesting is if he develops properly and cleans up some of the areas in his game that are able to be corrected, he can be a good player in the NHL.

Tychonick has the puck-moving side of the game down and I can’t overstate how much of a smooth skater he is. He needs at least two years at North Dakota University, if not more before he’ll be ready to make the jump to the pro level.

He‘ll come off the board right around 32nd overall. We’ll see if the Sabres decide to take a chance on the offensive minded blueliner if he‘s still on the board.