POSITION: Right Wing
DRAFT YEAR PRODUCTION: 23GP, 19G, 17A, 36PTS
RANKING: 5th ranked North American Skaters - Central Scouting
WHAT'S THE BUZZ
"A skilled winger who wants the puck on his stick and knows what to do with it. He breaks down defensive schemes on the fly and attacks their weaknesses." -Tony Ferrari, Dobber Prospects
CUT TO THE CHASE
Although Dylan Guenther saw a shortened Western Hockey League season due to COVID-19, the right winger found plenty of opportunities to show off his offensive strength. Guenther played for the Sherwood Park Crusaders in the AJHL, Team Canada at the 2021 IIHF Under-18 World Championship, and for the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL.
Throughout the 2020-21 season, the Edmonton native averaged 1.54 points per game. With Sherwood Park, Guenther had three goals and two assists for five points in four games. While representing his country at U18 Worlds, the winger had seven points (4G-3A) in seven games. His performance helped his team win gold for the first time since 2013. When the WHL season returned Guenther had 12 goals and 12 assists in 12 games.
These statistics are no surprise to various scouts who have watched Guenther's game. Mathieu Sheridan of The Hockey Writers described Guenther as deadly, and someone who can consistently find open space and his teammates in the slot. Several other prospect writers credit Guenther's transition game as another strong part of what he brings to the table. The 2021 prospect is a strong presence on the rush, and has solid vision of the ice.
Guenther is projected to be a skilled forward that can produce night in and night out. Expect the winger to continue to improve his already strong offensive game and potentially add more weight on his 6-foot-2 frame.
DID YOU KNOW?
Guenther's gold medal at the 2021 IIHF Under-18 World Championship isn't the only medal from his career. During the Canada Winter Games, Guenther and Team Alberta won bronze during the 2018-19 season.