|5’11”||168||9-9-04||RW||R||27 – 2021||46 NA||AUSTRIA|
|2019-20||U17 Elit||ZSC U17||32||10||13||23|
|2020-21||U20 Elit||GCK Lions U20||22||2||5||7|
|2020-21||U17 Elit||ZSC U-17||26||28||19||47|
You have to be impressed with Vinzenz Rohrer and his production on a Sudbury Wolves squad that dresses as many as 10 draft eligible players on a nightly basis. Add to that fact is that with a September 9 birthdate, he is also one of the youngest players in this draft class.
At the time of writing this, Rohrer trails only Cameron Tolnai (in his third season, not counting the missed season) for scoring on the Wolves by just 4 points despite playing in 4 fewer games.
Interestingly, NHL Central Scouting had Rohrer rated as a B prospect on their players to watch list (second or third rounder) to 46th among North American Skaters on their mid-term rankings which indicates a small jump. Bob McKenzie had Rohrer at number 80 among all players. That’s probably a good spot for him, but I don’t agree where he sits among the OHL players on those lists. But that debate won’t be answered until the end of the season which is why I don’t do midterm rankings.
As for Rohrer’s game, the thing that impresses me the most is how well he does defensively and for a player as young as him it is quite the surprise. Usually, we say a player has to improve in that area, but not here. He plays the penalty kill quite effectively taking away lanes, using his stick and he is a shot blocking machine, and better at it than most blue liners.
From his own zone Rohrer is excellent at transition either by taking it himself or finding the best option with his teammates. When he “takes it” he is extremely adept at gaining the blue line with possession. But if you’re playing dump-and-chase he is more than willing to be the first in there and battle for possession. At just 168 pounds, he will not shy away. Once he gains possession, he can make skilled plays. His vision and playmaking skills are above average and he shows the patience to be willing to wait for a play to develop.
If there is one area, I have concern it’s in Rohrer’s skating. I don’t think he has an explosive first step, a separation gear or top end speed that are necessary for a smaller guy. But I also believe its in his mechanics and something that can be worked on with a skating coach – and that’s not to suggest that work isn’t already happening with the 67’s.