Weight: 175 Pounds
Date of birth: May 5, 1998, Toronto, Ontario
Position: Right Wing
OHL Draft: Round 2, 38th overall, 2014 Priority Selection
Kyrou played his Minor Midget hockey for the Mississauga Senators. In 33 games, Kyrou scored 19 goals and added 21 assists for 40 points. Kyrou and the Senators appeared in 4 OHL Cup games. Previously, Kyrou had also played in the OHL Gold Cup – capturing a Silver Medal.
Kyrou had four assists in five games for Canada at the World Hockey Challenge Under-17. He won a gold medal with Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial. He scored a goal in Canada’s deciding game against Russia in the Canada – Russia Series. He also played in the NHL/CHL Top Prospects game. Kyrou is no stranger to high level hockey within his age group.
In the OHL, Kyrou got an opportunity last season and he didn’t disappoint, finishing the year 8th in OHL rookie scoring with 13 goals and 23 assists in 63 games. But his sophomore season didn’t start where it left off. While he was still setting up plays and goals, he didn’t notch his first goal until game 16 of the season, which was a bit of a disappointment. It took 49 games to surpass his totals from last season.
However, since December he has gotten into a grove and has had some consistency in his production.
Kyrou is a very good skater with soft hands and an ability to keep possession of the puck while moving in and out of traffic. He has very good vision and can wait out defenders and then find his teammates with a very good pass. Early on he tried to do too much and now is playing to his strengths: possession, patience and playmaking.
Kyrou is not just a playmaker. He has a very good shot and has proven that he can beat goaltenders with it. But it is his playmaking and vision in the O-zone that make him an offensive threat. His competitive spirit has also risen as the season has gone on. He plays with energy without the puck, getting in on fore checks and disrupting opposition breakouts. He’s also one of the OHL’s most adept players in causing turnovers.
Kyrou was ranked 45th on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January.