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Arizona Coyotes: Prospect Tyler Steenbergen tearing up WHL

Selected 128th overall in the fifth-round of the 2017 NHL Entry draft by the Arizona Coyotes, this young prospect is turning heads.

Tyler Steenbergen

Remember that name. 

This kid will be something special if when he gets to the NHL. Playing for the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL since he was 16-years-old, Steenbergen, a native of Sylvan Lake, Alberta is blooming into an offensive superstar.

Tyler Steenbergen
Born Jan 7 1998  -- Sylvan Lake, ALTA 
Height 5.10 -- Weight 188 -- Shoots L

Selected by Arizona Coyotes round 5 #128 overall 2017 NHL Entry Draft

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
2014-15  Swift Current Broncos       WHL    72    5    6   11   13   4   1   0   1   0
2015-16  Swift Current Broncos       WHL    67   20   26   46   18  --  --  --  --  --
2016-17  Swift Current Broncos       WHL    72   51   39   90   22  14   8   6  14   8
2017-18  Swift Current Broncos       WHL    15   23   15   38   16

Current statistics as of 2017-11-08

It is quite evident that with his scoring pace this season being at a 2.53 points a game clip he is a player any NHL team would be pleased to have on their roster. Fortunately for the Coyotes, he is in their system and the scouts for the team are very pleased with his progress.

Tim Bernhardt, Director of Amateur Scouting for the Arizona team mentioned:

“He had a great season,” Bernhardt said of the 19-year-old, who notched 51 goals in 72 games. “He scored a boatload of goals this year and he’s got a really good first step. If you’re going to be smaller, you’ve got to be quick, and he’s really quick.”

He’s making his mark

After being passed by in the 2016 NHL Entry draft, Steenbergen showed everyone he was serious about being noticed. He scored 51 goals in 72 games, which tied him for the WHL lead in turning on the red light.

So why didn’t he put up impressive numbers like that during his draft year? He only accumulated 46 points, and that didn’t impress enough to get him drafted.

He played for a defensive minded coach Mark Lamb and didn’t get much power play ice time. Then during the 2016/17 season head coach Emmanuel (Manny) Viveiros took over behind the bench. Viveiros’ coaching style was more offensive up-and-down the ice leading to additional scoring chances.

That fit Steenbergen’s style, and he was placed on the power play unit where he collected 37% of his goals while on the man advantage. 

His upgraded offensive play can also be attributed to playing around more talented teammates like Aleski Heponiemi, a second-round, 40th overall selection of the Florida Panthers in this year’s draft.

Heponiemi, who hails from Tampere, Finland is also a scoring threat who had 28 goals, 58 assists in 72 games last season. He too is shining this season with 12 goals, 25 assists in 15 games.

Between these two talented prospects, the Beavers have been very competitive in the Western Hockey League with an 11-3-1 record.

What does the future hold?

The way Steenbergen is playing it is just a matter of time before he gets an entry-level contract offered to him by the Coyotes. He is still a bit small for an NHL center, but when the Arizona Coyotes drafted Clayton Keller as a center they converted him to the wing, and he has more than flourished there scoring 11 goals in 17 games.

Steenbergen’s upside is his accurate wrist shot, and his strong skating ability. He may need to add some bulk to compete in the NHL when that time comes, but for now he’s doing just fine.

He will certainly fit in well with the youthful, swift Coyotes’ players who have an abundance of skillful players. Steenbergen just adds to that mix, and imagining line mates of his like Keller and a Max Domi has got to put a smile on general manager John Chayka’s face.

In addition, if Steenbergen plays for head coach Rick Tocchet, whose style of pushing the puck up the ice and forcing the tempo to the opposition, his future in Arizona is as bright as the desert sun.

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William Grigsby

I have been a hockey fan since I can remember. I grew up in Chicago, so I followed the Blackhawks.  When I moved to Phoenix, AZ  I became a Coyotes' fan. There's no other sport like NHL hockey!

Arizona Coyotes: Prospect Tyler Steenbergen tearing up WHL

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