Tucker Tynan – Niagara IceDogs – Player Profile

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 159 Pounds

Date of birth: June 7, 2002

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Position: Goaltender

Catches: Left

OHL Draft: Round 10, 192 overall, 2018 Priority Selection

NHL Central Scouting Rankings

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During Tucker Tynan’s OHL draft year, he played for the New Jersey Rockets of the National Collegiate Develop Conference. The NCDC is a developmental conference in the northeast United States under the umbrella of the U.S. Premier Hockey League whose mission is to develop players for the NCAA.

Tynan appeared in 24 games for the Rockets posting a 3.31 goals-against-average (11th in the NCDC) and a sparkling .924 save-percentage (5th in the conference).

Prior to joining the Rockets, Tynan played Minor Midget Tier 1 hockey with Little Caesars Under-16 squad during the 2017-2018 season. He appeared in just 5 games but posted incredible numbers with a .80 goals-against-average and .956 save-percentage. The IceDogs were able to select Tynan in the 10th round of the 2018 Priority Selection – 192nd overall.

Tucker Tynan of the Niagara IceDogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Tucker Tynan of the Niagara IceDogs. Photo by Terry Wilson/OHL Images

Much wasn’t known about Tynan coming into the season and NHL Central Scouting didn’t have him on either of their Players to Watch lists, though he soon started garnering attention.

But on December 12, 2019, everything came to a halt. In a game against the London Knights during the second period, one of the Knights players was knocked down on his way to the net, entering Tynan’s crease skate first. His skate caught the young netminder in the leg causing a gruesome and scary injury. (we won’t post the video here.) At the time, the IceDogs said if it weren’t for the immediate actions of the IceDogs and Knights training staff and the immediate medical attention, it could have cost him his life. Tynan required emergency surgery and the game was never completed.

Up until that moment, every bit of attention Tynan was getting was warranted. He was among the league leaders in most goaltending stats, including shots faced. Tynan, quite simply gave the IceDogs a chance to win every game. At that point of the season he was easily their most valuable player.

Let’s look at some of those numbers. Tynan appeared in 23 games and ended with an 11-8-3-1 record. Not Earth shattering without context, right? Tyan faced 50 or more shots on 4 occasion and boasted a .920 save-percentage and a 1-2-1-0 record. He faced 40 or more shots on 12 occasions with a 5-5-2-0 record and .905 save percentage. He finished with a 6-3-1-1 record when facing 39 or fewer shots.

The IceDogs record without Tynan: 7-31-2-0. Despite playing in just 23 games, he finished 24th in shots faced with 916 or 39.8 per game. By comparison, Jacob Ingham of the Kitchener Rangers led the league in shots faced with 1636, or 35.5 per game.

Sure, some of that decline was the fact that the IceDogs traded away star Philip Tomasino at trade deadline. But that should have hurt their goal scoring more then their goals against. The IceDogs goals against went up drastically from the 3.56 with Tynan to 5.80 without.

If the eye test wasn’t enough to tell a story, the numbers should be.

By all accounts, Tynan is doing very well in his recovery and well on his way to returning to the game. But one must ask themselves if they believe the type of injury he received and how it happened will impact his mental part of the game. No way! At least not in my opinion. Tynan was unflappable in his net. Whether it was a bad goal he had given up or his d-men making a bad play in front of him, it was his let’s move on and forget about it attitude that says this kid has a good mental makeup.

Tynan isn’t the big bodied netminder NHL teams drool over. He is an extremely athletic netminder and a superb skater. His post-to-post movement is at an already elite level. His ability to move out to the top of the paint and challenge shooters is top level, however he doesn’t take up as much of the net as the bigger goalies so he is going to require improvement on that to succeed at the next level.

Tynan is very adept in tracking the puck and remaining focused. But the size is once again coming into question here as it impacts him on his ability to see through traffic and to take up as much of the net as possible when players are scrambling in front of him. But he plays the butterfly technique almost to perfection and he stays as big as he can while down so if you’re going to beat him, it has to be down low.

We here at OHLW have a lot of admiration for Tynan, one of the youngest goalies available for the draft. Sure, the injury hurt his draft stock and there will be concerns about his mental makeup going forward. But we believe in him, and think someone should take a late round flier at the draft. But we also believe his potential is better than a late round flier.

67’s’ MARCO ROSSI NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that draft eligible Ottawa 67’s centreman Marco Rossi is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with 11 points including six goals and five assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-8 in three games.

Rossi helped the 67’s combine to score 21 goals over three games, extending their winning streak to seven while also becoming the OHL’s first 20 game winner. Rossi played a big part in Wednesday’s 11-6 road win over the Kingston Frontenacs, recording a career-high six points including his first OHL hat-trick. Ottawa’s big line of Rossi, Austen Keating and Joseph Garreffa combined for 17 points in the lopsided victory. Rossi added a goal and an assist in Friday’s 4-3 overtime win over visiting Oshawa before finishing the weekend with two goals and an assist in a first star performance as the 67’s defeated the North Bay Battalion 6-1. Rossi earned star of the game recognition in each of his three contests, rounding out Sunday’s action on a nine-game point streak.

An 18-year-old from Feldkirch, Austria, Rossi sits fifth in OHL scoring with 49 points (16-33–49) over 21 games. He’s tied for the league lead in points-per-game (2.33) with London’s Connor McMichael and has also won 59.1% of his faceoffs. An ‘A’ rated skater on NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ List, Rossi burst onto the OHL scene in 2018-19, recording 65 points (29-36–65) over 53 games as a rookie, helping the 67’s reach the Rogers OHL Championship Series. He was Ottawa’s first round (18th overall) pick in the 2018 CHL Import Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was Rossi’s Ottawa 67’s teammate Austen Keating who put up 11 points (4-7–11) over three games, tying a 67’s franchise record with seven points in Wednesday’s win over Kingston. Niagara IceDogs rookie netminder Tucker Tynan was also on the radar after backstopping the IceDogs to back-to-back road wins, posting a 2.00 goals-against average and .943 save percentage.

• HIGHLIGHTS: Rossi’s six-point night
• HIGHLIGHTS: Rossi chips in with a goal and an assist
• HIGHLIGHTS: Rossi’s first star performance

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2019-20 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Nov. 27 – Dec. 1: Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 24: Riley McCourt (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 17: Jan Jenik (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 10: Cam Hillis (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 3: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 27: Nico Daws (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 13: Mack Guzda (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 6: Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Sept. 26 – Sept. 29: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes)

OHL Writers’ Draft Eligible Player of the Month for October

The Ontario Hockey League has completed its first full month of the season and as we have done for several years now, it is time to select the Draft Eligible Player of the Month for October from the group of players eligible for the 2020 National Hockey League Draft for the first time.

And for the month of October our pick is Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit.

Perfetti appeared in 11 games through the month of October and scored 4 goals while assisting on 16 others. He recorded points in 9 of his 11 contests with 6 multi-point games. He was held off the score sheet just twice.

Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images
Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images

Perfetti’ s performance was one of the quietest in recent memory, receiving first star honors in just one contest, second star in another and getting two third star mentions in the month.

Perfetti sits second among draft eligible players with points (27), first in assists (22) and first in shots on goal (61). He leads the Spirit in points and assists.

Also considered was Tyson Foerster of the Barrie Colts. Foerster notched 9 goals and assisted on 6 others in 10 games. Foerster is third among draft eligible players in points (23), first in goals (13), tenth in assists (10), ninth in plus/minus (+7) and fifth in shots on goal (47).

In goal, Tucker Tynan of the Niagara IceDogs has drawn our attention on multiple occasions. Despite having just, a 3-3-1-0 record for the month of October, no goaltender has faced more rubber then Tynan. He has faced 70 more shots then the next busiest netminder Jacob Ingham of Mississauga while only playing in one more game.

Tucker had a .902 save percentage for the month of October

OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders for October

The Ontario Hockey League took last night off as fans and players alike braved the weather (depending on where you are) to attend costume parties, head to work dressed up and yes, even go trick or treating. Thus, the OHL completed its first full month of the season a day early and we here at OHL Writers can update you on the statistical leaders among players eligible for the 2020 National Hockey League Draft.

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Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s. Photo by OHL Images

If you look at the point leaders, you’ll see projected top 5 pick Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves leading the way with 31 points in 16 games. And for the better part of the season, Byfield has led the entire league in the scoring race.

But, focus your attention three spots lower to Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s. Rossi has 19 points in just 8 games played. He missed five games due to suspension but is averaging 2.38 points per game while Byfield is averaging 1.94 points per game. That’s almost half a point per game better then Byfield.

It doesn’t end there. Cole Perfetti leads the list in assists with 22 in 16 games, or 1.38 assists per game. Rossi is just two spots below with Byfield sandwiched in between with 15 helpers in 8 games or 1.88 assists per game, exactly .50 assists per game better then the leader.

But with 4 goals in eight games, Rossi doesn’t make our top ten, yet. He is averaging .50 goals per game and based on that, would be seventh on the list. Barrie Colts’ Tyson Foerster tops the list with 13 goals in 14 games, or .93 goals per game.

Wait. We’re not finished just yet. Despite playing in only eight games, Rossi has taken more faceoffs then anyone in the top 10 in faceoff percentage and has won a whopping 62.6 per cent of his draws. Not only is that good enough to top draft eligible players, but tops in the entire league among players with 60 or more faceoff attempts.

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Among goaltenders, no OHL goaltender has faced as much rubber as Niagara IceDogs’ puck stopper Tucker Tynan. And we’re not talking just draft eligible goaltenders. Tynan has faced 70 more shots then the next closest goaltender, Jacob Ingham of the Mississauga Steelheads who has faced 419. To put that into context, Tynan has played in just one more game then Ingham.

Yet Tynan is fourth among draft eligible goaltenders with a 3.60 goals-against-average and tops in save percentage at .920. Let’s put that into perspective as well: That’s second among all goalies who have played in 3 or more games, tied with Hunter Jones of the Peterborough Petes, the top OHL goaltender drafted in 2019.

Here’s a look at the leader board. While we take great care in compiling stats, always refer to the OHL website for official stats.

Points Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 11 20 31
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 16 5 22 27
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 13 10 23
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 8 4 15 19
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 15 6 13 19
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 14 5 14 19
Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds 15 10 7 17
Luke Evangelista London Knights 12 5 11 16
Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals 14 8 8 16
Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals 14 5 10 15
Goal Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G GPG
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 13 0.93
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 11 0.69
Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds 15 10 0.67
Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals 14 8 0.57
Antonio Stranges London Knights 12 7 0.58
Jack Quinn Ottawa 67’s 13 7 0.54
Zayde Wisdom Kingston Frontenacs 14 7 0.50
Hayden Fowler Erie Otters 12 6 0.50
Logan Morrison Hamilton Bulldogs 13 6 0.46
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 15 6 0.40
Assist Leaders
Player Team GP A APG
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 16 22 1.38
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 20 1.25
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 8 15 1.88
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 14 14 1.00
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 15 13 0.87
Tanner Dickinson Soo Greyhounds 15 12 0.80
Luke Evangelista London Knights 12 11 0.92
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 13 11 0.85
Jacob Perrault Sarnia Sting 10 10 1.00
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 10 0.71
Defencemen Point Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 14 5 14 19
Jack Thompson Sudbury Wolves 16 6 7 13
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 13 1 11 12
Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds 13 5 6 11
Ville Ottavainen Kitchener Rangers 13 3 5 8
Donavan Sebrango Kitchener Rangers 10 1 7 8
Ole Bjorgvik-Holm Mississauga Steelheads 13 0 6 6
Dylan Robinson Windsor Spitfires 13 1 4 5
Plus/Minus Leaders
Player Team GP +/-
Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds 13 +13
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 +12
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 8 +11
Igor Chibrikov Owen Sound Attack 13 +8
Ville Ottavainen Kitchener Rangers 13 +8
Mark Woolley Owen Sound Attack 9 +7
Luke Evangelista London Knights 12 +7
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 14 +7
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 +7
Kirill Steklov London Knights 12 +6
Penalty Minutes Leaders
Player Team GP PIM M/G
Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds 13 21 1.62
Reid Valade Kitchener Rangers 8 19 2.38
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 13 18 1.38
Mark Woolley Owen Sound Attack 9 17 1.89
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 16 1.00
Faceoff Leaders (Minimum 30 faceoffs)
Player Team GP FOA FOW %
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 8 179 112 62.6
Isaac Langdon Kitchener Rangers 10 78 48 61.5
Nick Wong Kingston Frontenacs 14 39 23 59.0
Jacob Perrault Sarnia Sting 10 33 19 57.6
Luke Drewitt Kingston Frontenacs 12 110 63 57.3
Hayden Fowler Erie Otters 12 35 20 57.1
Ethan Cardwell Saginaw Spirit 16 76 43 56.6
Longest Goal Scoring Streak
Player Team From To Gms Goals
Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds 10/19 10/24 3 4
Longest Assist Streak
Player Team From To Gms Assts
Jabob Perreault Sarnia Sting 9/20 10/18 9 10
Longest Point Streak
Player Team From To Gms Pts
Jacob Perrault Sarnia Sting 9/20 10/20 10 14
Shots On Goal Leaders
Player Team GP SOG
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 16 61
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 15 60
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 52
Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals 14 48
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 47
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average (Min 300 minutes)
Player Team GP Min GA Avg
Brett Brochu London Knights 8 427 19 2.67
Aiden Campbell Erie Otters 7 370 19 3.08
Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs 8 486 27 3.33
Tucker Tynan Niagara IceDogs 12 650 39 3.60
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage (Min 300 minutes)
Player Team GP SH SVS SV%
Tucker Tynan Niagara IceDogs 12 489 450 0.920
Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs 8 276 249 0.902
Brett Brochu London Knights 8 187 168 0.898
Aiden Campbell Erie Otters 7 162 143 0.883
Xavier Medina Windsor Spitfires 5 135 118 0.874
Goaltending Leaders – Wins
Player Team GP W L OL
Brett Brochu London Knights 8 6 1 0
Aiden Campbell Erie Otters 7 5 1 0
Tucker Tynan Niagara IceDogs 12 5 4 3
Xavier Medina Windsor Spitfires 5 3 1 1
Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs 8 3 4 2
Goaltending Leaders – Shutouts
Player Team GP SO
Brett Brochu London Knights 8 1