Weight: 155 Pounds
Date of birth: March 5, 2002
Hometown: Perrysburg, OHIO
Position: Center/Left Wing
OHL Draft: Signed as a free agent in 2019
NHL Central Scouting Rankings
|C Prospect||B Prospect||55 N.A.||
Tanner Dickinson spent most of the 2018-2019 season applying his trade with the Belle Tire Under-18 squad in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League. There, Dickinson would appear in 71 games scoring 36 goals and adding 67 helpers to lead the league in points. He would go on to appear in 8 United States Hockey League contests with the Green Bay Gamblers notching a goal and an assist.
Dickinson would go undrafted at the Ontario Hockey League Draft; however, he had previously committed to go the NCAA route with Ohio State University. On may 30, 2019 Greyhounds General Manager Kyle Raftis announced that they had signed and received a commitment from Dickinson, thus voiding his NCAA eligibility.
Entering his OHL draft year, there were concerns about his size, measuring in at 5’9 and just 124 pounds. But Dickinson has had a bit of a growth spurt since then weighing in at 155 pounds and measuring 5’11” (although some places list him at 6’). That concern has since been eliminated although he will definitely need to continue adding some bulk to his frame.
There are definitely some mixed reviews about Dickinson, or rather, difference of opinions on what he can become.
We here at OHLW think that Dickinson is a very intelligent player who sees the ice extremely well. He can play in the middle or on the wing, although we think he’ll best be suited at center once his game rounds out because he is so effective and distributing the puck.
Dickinson has superb speed. His edgework is very good and he can change pace as quick as anyone. But if your hands and head aren’t as quick as your feet, then all that speed is useless. However, that’s not the case here. He is such a speedy player; he gets in on defences quickly but his forechecking needs some work. Maybe once he adds that bulk to his frame, he will become more assertive physically on the forecheck. He also drives possession. He has no issues with carrying the puck over the blueline at to speed and assessing the situation and usually making the right play.
While all that speed pays dividends in offensive situations, it is also a weapon when on defence. For Dickinson, finding consistency is key not only from game-to-game, but shift to shift. He has shown the ability to come back hard on the backcheck. He knows where to be defensively and can close in on opponents quickly, and he can lead the breakout.
At the time the OHL paused its season for the Corona Virus threat, Dickinson had appeared in 64 games scoring 9 goals and assisting on 31, 2 and 16 of those respectively have come with the man advantage. His 31 helpers are second among OHL rookies this season and his 40 points rank him fifth. Not bad for a team as deep as the Greyhounds up front.
And for a team with aspirations of hosting a Memorial Cup in 2021, Dickinson could pay some huge dividends.