2014 NHL Draft Prospect: Tyler Nanne

Matt Christians

The Player

Tyler Nanne

Defense

Edina(MN) High School

2013-2014 stats: 25 games 7 goals 20 assists 27 points 41 PIMs

Height: 5'10"  Weight: 180 lbs.

Final NHL Central Scouting Rank: 118th among NA Skaters

What are his strengths? Weaknesses?

Nanne is a smaller defenseman, and while he doesn't have incredible straight-line speed, he has very quick feet and excellent edge-work that makes him very agile and strong on his skates. He also has a very heavy shot for a player his size.

Discipline will be one of the biggest knocks on Nanne. In about 20 viewings this year, he had a penalty in about 17 of them that was some combination of stupid, selfish, or dirty. His size might also draw concerns about how he will hold up against more physical competition.

How was his draft year? Trending up or down?

It wasn't a huge jump, but Nanne improved his overall draft stock this season. Prior to this year, Nanne had switched back and forth between forward and defense, before finally settling on defense this year; a choice that was better for him long-term. His lower body got a lot stronger this year making him a better overall skater and harder to knock off the puck. He helped lead his high school to a second consecutive state championship, and even got some experience playing at the NCAA-level in an exhibition with the NTDP U18 team.

Draft projection?

If a team really likes him, there's a possibility he could go as early as the third round, though that's likely optimistic. Somewhere in rounds four through six seems the most likely possibility.

Pro upside?

A big part of the reason Nanne will get drafted is because of his potential as a power play quarterback some day. His ability to move laterally along the blue line with the puck and his heavy shot makes him very dangerous with the man advantage. He doesn't project as a player that could handle really serious minutes at the pro level, but could hold his own as a second or third pairing defenseman.

Where will he go next?

Nanne made a verbal commitment to Ohio State this past winter. He will play a year of junior hockey, most likely with Sioux Falls of the USHL, before heading to Columbus in the fall of 2015. He's more of a long-term project that will likely play three to four years of college hockey before heading to the pros.

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