Tyler Steenbergen

by Keith Duggan on August 12, 2017

 

 

Tyler Steenbergen, C

Shoots: L

Height: 5-10

Weight: 188

Born: 1998-1-07

Hometown:  Sylvan Lake, Alberta Canada

Drafted:2017 by Arizona Coyotes, fifth-round, 128th overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

August 2017- After getting passed over in the 2016 draft, a good way to get scouts to notice you would be tying for the WHL goal scoring lead with 51 goals the next season. That’s exactly what Tyler Steenbergen did in 2016-17 and it worked as the Coyotes took a flyer on him grabbing the center in the fifth round. Racking up 51 goals and 90 points is attention grabbing numbers but it also raises questions, mainly why didn’t he do it in his draft season? In 2015-16 Steenbergen put up 46 points and was considered a long shot to be drafted. But he played for a defensive coach in Mark Lamb that season and didn’t see much power play time. In 2016-17, Steenbergen played for head coach Emmanuel (Manny) Viveiros, who plays a much more offensive up-and-down system that has led to more scoring chances. He also got a ton of power play time and responded scoring 37% of his goals on the man advantage. Steenbergen benefited from having more talented teammates last season in Swift Current, mainly Panthers second-rounder Aleksi Heponiemi. So, the million-dollar question is can he do it again in 2017-18 and more importantly at the pro level? Steenbergen is an excellent shooter, highlighted by his wrist shot, which is hard and accurate, along with being a strong skater. His biggest knocks are size and playing a defensive game. Despite being under six-feet, Steenbergen isn’t afraid to go into the dirty area’s though and will take a hit to make a play. Many scouts have his upside as a bottom-six player in the NHL but Steenbergen does have offensive potential and could be more.  At this point he’s considered a sleeper and is worth taking a chance on in later rounds in fantasy drafts. Keith Duggan

Fantasy Outlook: C

Anyone who scores 51 goals in the WHL is a player you should keep an eye on. Has sleeper written all over him….or he could be one of those players who racks up the points in juniors but never translates to the next level. Steenbergen is worth a late round pick in fantasy prospect drafts though.

 

 

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