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For the first time in two years, the NHL Draft will be held in person, this time on July 7 and 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que. This year, NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings include five players that played in the BCHL last season.
Leading up to the draft, we will speak with the prospects to get their thoughts on the process and a variety of other subjects.
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Cranbrook Bucks forward Tyson Dyck authored a long list of accomplishments during his rookie campaign in 2021-22, so it is no surprise that he finds himself on NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings ahead of next week’s draft.
The Abbotsford, B.C. product finished tied for fourth in league scoring with 75 points in 54 games, was named a First-Team All-Star, a member of the All-Rookie Team and a finalist for the league’s Rookie of the Year Award. All this while being the guiding force of a Bucks team that finished fifth in the highly-competitive Interior Conference in the franchise’s full full season of existence.
Coming in at 110 among North American skaters in the final rankings, Dyck shares his thoughts on the draft, his successful rookie year and his recent commitment to the University of Massachusetts.
BCHL: 2021-22 was obviously a great year for you. In your mind, what did you think of your rookie season in the BCHL?
Dyck: I thought I played phenomenally. Coming in with minimal experience, I wasn’t fully sure what to expect, but I was confident in myself. As the year went on, my linemates and my team started to build some chemistry and gain some confidence. I played well offensively and was able to produce quite a bit. I think that it went really well, but there’s always room for improvement, which is exciting.
BCHL: As you mentioned, your personal growth as a player was almost mirrored by the growth of your team. What was it like being a part of an expansion team that ended up having success during the year?
Dyck: It was super cool to be a part of. We had a bunch of young guys there, including myself. It was almost like we were growing up together as a bunch of brothers. I know a lot of people doubted us, especially after we only won three games in the pod. You could just kind of see, as fan support grew, people out in the community would be talking about us. It was a really cool experience that I’ll take with me elsewhere.
BCHL: You recently committed to the University of Massachusetts. Why was that program the best fit for you?
Dyck: I was really impressed with [head] coach [Greg Carvel]. I think he’s a very good man. I also think that he’s a phenomenal hockey coach that’s put together a great program that’s been able to win, but also move guys along. For me, it felt like a no-brainer there. They were knocking on the door for a long time, then got the national championship in 2021. It’s something I want to be a part of.
BCHL: Heading into the NHL Draft next week, you are ranked 110th among North American skaters. If you were speaking to an NHL general manager who was thinking of selecting you, how would you describe your game and how would it translate to the next level?
Dyck: I think my biggest asset is my hockey IQ. I use that to allow me to maneuver in and out of areas and find pucks in scoring positions. I love to compete. There’s no one on the ice that out competes me. When you put those two together, I’m really excited for the future because they’re not physical attributes, they’re attributes that are hard to teach.
BCHL: You weren’t on Central Scouting’s early rankings in the fall, but your play last year caught their attention. Was getting on their list something you wanted to accomplish during the season?
Dyck: It was definitely a big goal for me. I thought that if I went in and played the way I could, I could get recognized. Seeing some of the guys I grew up playing with that are on that list, I thought I could get my name up beside theirs.
BCHL: What would it mean to you to hear your name called on draft day?
Dyck: It would be another goal and dream accomplished. Every kid grows up wanting to play in the NHL and part of that is wanting to get drafted. It’s not the end-all, be-all, but it would be a really cool experience. At the end of the day, after the draft, everyone keeps playing hockey and it’s on you to keep getting better.