|Written by Nathan Martin|
February 2013 – Having suffered through a series of injuries during his first three seasons as an Ottawa 67, Tyler Graovac certainly has had his issues with offensive production. Graovac is a part of the new era of 67’s hockey that saw OHL coaching legend Brian Kilrea leave the nation’s capital after 35 years of service for new bench boss, Chris Byrne. As a rookie, Graovac saw himself playing a limited role on a veteran Ottawa team (nine points in 52 GP). In the three seasons following, Graovac has become one of the best offensive centers in the OHL. In 30 games with Ottawa this season Graovac scored 21 goals in 30 games and since being traded to the Belleville Bulls, he continues to score at a point-per-game pace. He has good hands and good offensive-hockey sense, a real quick shot and isn’t afraid to assert himself physically with a big hit or a scrap. His big frame has given him leverage over his OHL counterparts, especially in tough areas, but if he hopes to grow into an everyday NHLer he’ll need to fill that frame with muscle. Due to the fact that his skills are not overwhelming, he’ll need to focus on the defensive aspects of the game to become a more well-rounded middleman.
Fantasy Outlook: C-
Moderate upside. Skill and size present. Has great offensive IQ. Finds chemistry with almost everyone. Needs to play more of a 200-foot, North-South game to play to his strengths.
Tyler Graovac – Slick Hands
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|Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2013 11:09|