In my second installment of prospects I’d like to see the Rangers (#15) draft on June 24th, I take a look at RW Tyler Biggs who had 28 points (17-11–28) in 48 games as the captain of the U.S. Under-18 National Team Development Program of the USHL.
The 6′ 2″ Biggs has represented the U.S. in two Under-18 World Championships, winning gold in 2010 and 2011 — he scored the overtime goal, his second of the game, in the semifinal against Canada propelling the U.S. to the gold medal game in 2011.
Despite scoring the overtime game winner at this year’s U-18 World Championships, Biggs’ stock dropped during the tournament as he did not live up to Central Scouting’s #5 mid-term ranking. A ranking that he probably didn’t deserve.
On the positive end Biggs plays like a legit power forward who is able to protect the puck from defenders and drive to the net. He is also said to have a heavy shot and isn’t afraid to drop the gloves.
He stood out during the combine for his size and physicality.
There are some questions, however, about his hockey sense and whether he is able to create on his own.
Here’s Central Scouting’s report on Biggs…
“He has that leadership quality … that desire, that passion, that competitiveness. He just never quits. He’s a young player who has taken the role as leader of his team. He does most of their fighting when they have to fight. He’s kind of the guy that when someone starts picking on somebody, he’s standing up for them. I think while wearing the ‘C’ may have taken a little away from his offensive finish, my gut feeling is that I can’t think of anything else but an uphill path for Tyler.”
Jesse Spector at The Prospect Park says Biggs would be the perfect compliment to Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan.
Here’s video of Biggs pounding on an opponent…
Biggs will attend Miami of Ohio University in the Fall.
For even more on Biggs check out this interview with NHL Live last month.
…i love that his father was an extra in Youngblood. Rangers should draft this kid for that reason alone.