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2008 NHL Draft: Tyler Cuma

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Leading up to the 2008 draft, will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. Could the Panthers draft one of these players with their pick in the second round or might they move up to grab one of these top players to further bolster their system and hope they contribute to the big club one day?

Each week day, we'll take a look at three prospects and get Panthers Director of Amateur Scouting Scott Luce's opinion on each of them.

2008 NHL Entry Draft Site

    Tyler Cuma
    Rank: No. 19 (North American)
    Position: Defenseman
    Height/Weight: 6-2, 180 pounds
    D.O.B: Jan. 19, 1990

Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2006-07 Ottawa OHL 63 3 16 19  55
2007-08 Ottawa OHL 59 4 28 32 69


Second on team among defensemen in scoring (32 points) and was only defenseman with a positive plus-minus (4). Played in 2008 IIHL Under-18 World Championships as member of Team Canada and in CHL Top Prospects Game while picking up two assists. Also named to 2008 OHL All-Star Classic. Ottawa’s Rookie of the Year in 2006-07 with 19 points (16 assists).


Offensive defenseman adept at knowing when to pass the puck out of the zone or put the wheels on and carry the puck out of his zone. Plays the point on the power play. Projects as a team’s second or third defenseman with offensive flair. Best paired with a stay-at-home defenseman.


Puck moving defenseman that competes and plays with character.


NHL Team: Vancouver Canucks
NHL Player: Hall of Famer Scott Stevens
Shootout move: “Fake backhand then go high forehand”
Goal celebration: Fist pump
Video Game: Guitar Hero
Movie: Dumb and Dumber
TV Show: House
Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington and Jessica Biel
Country Singer: Kenny Chesney
Book: The Hockey News magazine
Pump-up song: “Before I forget” - Slipknot
Food to cook: Pasta
Sport (other than hockey): Football
Toy growing up: Gameboy
Place to shop: Hollister
Place to visit: Mont Tremblant (Quebec)

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