Taylor Raddysh

by olafson1393 on September 22, 2017

Taylor Raddysh

Taylor Raddysh, RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-1

Weight: 203

Born: 1998-02-18

Hometown:  Toronto, ON, CAN

Drafted: 58th overall in the second round by Tampa in 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

September 2017 - Raddysh has been returned to the Erie Otters by the Lightning after getting in to a lone preseason game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The rush to get Taylor back to the Otters was likely related to the fact that the OHL season is set to begin this weekend, although, it's evident that the Lightning were content with what they had seen from him in his first game. Some had pegged him as a sleeper heading into the NHL season, but with the plethora of depth in the Lightning system he will almost certainly spend his entire season in the OHL. Offensively, Raddysh has very little to prove at the junior level, however he is certainly not NHL ready. With their luxurious depth up front, the Lightning are very happy to allow Raddysh ample time to improve his skating and mechanics before forcing him into a position for failure. Brayden Olafson

June 2017 - After a wealth of success in his draft plus-one season, the Lightning's second second-round pick of 2016 will keep his skates close over the summer, as he was named to Hockey Canada's camp roster for the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase. Raddysh saw his stock within the Lightning system take a significant leap after impressing in the OHL with the Otters, as well as at the 2017 World Junior Championship with Team Canada. The patient and relatively responsible winger, with a large frame stands a good chance of returning to the final roster in Buffalo.  Brayden Olafson

 

May 2017 – The Erie Otters fell to the Windsor Spitfires in the all-OHL MasterCard Memorial Cup Final. Taylor Raddysh, who is one of the only core Otters who will remain junior eligible into next season, concluded the tournament tied for the lead in points. Since Raddysh remains junior eligible, he will return to the OHL following Lightning training camp, however his exact destination could be less certain. Taylor will be a sought after weapon in the OHL, and the Otters will have less use for his offense than other more competitive OHL teams might. Raddysh had a very successful Draft+1 season, proving his value both at the World Junior Championship as well as the Memorial Cup. His rank within the Lightning system has increased significantly, however with the competition for a roster spot with the Lightning, we are likely looking at a 2-3 year progression to a top-9 NHL forward for Taylor Raddysh. Brayden Olafson

May 2017 – Raddysh has been a consistent offensive producer for the Otters throughout their playoff run, and the most recent series against the Owen Sound Attack has been no different. Raddysh concluded the series with 8 points, and is second only to Alex DeBrincat in Otters playoff production. Taylor is elite in many aspects of his game, however, his foot-speed may restrict his development to a top-6 forward in the NHL. The Lightning will allow him sufficient time to hone this cornerstone skill before rushing him to the NHL - for now, the OHL finals await. Brayden Olafson

 

February 2017 – Raddysh continues to populate the scoresheet in the OHL through the latter half of the regular season. After helping to bring home the silver medal at the World Junior Championships, he was returned to Erie of the OHL. Had it not been for the World Junior Championship, Taylor would likely be right at the top of OHL scoring with teammate, Alex DeBrincat. Raddysh narrowly trails DeBrincat in points per game played and The Erie Otters lead the Western Conference on their way to challenging for the Memorial Cup.  Brayden Olafson

 

November 2016 – Taylor Raddysh has been on a tear since being re-assigned to the Erie Otters in late September. Leading the league in scoring for the majority of the season so far averaging 2.29pts/game, he has proved that it wasn’t all because of Dylan Strome (NOTE: Strome was just re-assigned to Erie and will likely return on a line with Raddysh). Raddysh was selected to participate in the Canada-Russia Series where he was arguably the best player on the ice. He is a smart player and has one of the best shots in the league. His quick release is a big compliment to his vision. Raddysh scored two goals and added an assist. The most glaring issue with Raddysh’s game continues to be his skating and this will need to be worked on if he wants to fast track to the NHL. Kathryn Jean
 
 
June 2016 – Raddysh had a fantastic draft year with the Erie Otters this past season. His size is a plus for his style of play, as he is a goal scoring power forward. Not afraid to throw the body around and has a heavy shot. Speedy and gets into the corners to set up play in the offensive zone. Needs to improve his defensive zone coverage. Can become a very good player in a bottom six role, or a top six role. Great value at 58 in 2016. Max Marko
 

March 2016 – Raddysh is strong on the puck, protects it well and reads plays well. He is strong on his skates and difficult to knock off the puck but lacks acceleration, top speed or elite mobility. Raddysh plays a heavy game and is aggressive on the forecheck, delivers hard hits, is a force both in front of the goal and along the wall in board battles. Raddysh has made significant strides in his offensive game with a breakout season seeing his point totals jump from 27 in his rookie season to 73 in his draft year with the Erie Otters. Skating is average but adequate and will need to improve to succeed at the NHL level. Peter Harling

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B

Raddysh may not have top-six NHL upside, but he plays an all-around game with the size and strength to be effective in a power forward role with low risk.

 

 

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  • Saul

    Will Raddysh be an impact player next year for Tampa Bay?