Tyler Lewington
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Tyler Lewington

Hometown:

Sherwood Park Alberta

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1994-12-05

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

7th round (204th overall), 2013

Weight:

191 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Tyler Lewington played for the Sherwood Park Squires Minor Midget team in suburban Edmonton. He scored 7 goals with 17 assists and had 49 penalty minutes in 33 games and in nine playoff games scored 2 goals with 5 assists and 8 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Lewington skated for the Sherwood Park Kings In the Alberta Midget Hockey League. He scored 4 goals with 22 assists in 34 games and had 46 penalty minutes. The Kings reached the provincial semifinals and in 13 playoff games Lewington scored 1 goal with 8 assists and had 4 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Lewington made his WHL debut as a 16-year-old, skating in 44 games for the Medicine Hat Tigers in his first season. He finished +7 with 3 assists and had 46 penalty minutes. Medicine Hat finished third in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Lewington played in all eight playoff games and was -1 with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Lewington skated in 69 of 72 games for Medicine Hat in his second season – missing three games due to a “lower body injury”. He scored 2 goals with 24 assists and was +14 while leading the Tigers with 131 penalty minutes. Medicine Hat slipped to fourth in the Central Division and again reached the second round in the playoffs. Lewington scored 1 goal in the playoffs and was -6 with 14 penalty minutes in eight games. He was ranked 66th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Washington in the seventh round (204th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Lewington was one of four Medicine Hat defensemen to top the 25-point mark while once again leading the Tigers in penalty minutes in his third WHL season. He scored 7 goals with 31 assists and was +40 with 121 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games. Medicine Hat finished third in the Central Division before reaching the Eastern Conference finals against Memorial Cup champion Edmonton. Lewington had 3 assists and was +2 with 26 penalty minutes in 18 playoff games.

Talent Analysis

Lewington is a big and strong defensive defenseman who has shown some offensive elements to his game in the final two seasons of his junior career. The heart of his game, however, remains his punishing play. He likes to hit, drop the gloves, and frustrate opponents. Lewington has a work to do on the positional aspects of his game, and like most players his size mobility and agility are challenge. His physical game and defensive play offer a stark contrast to some of the puck-moving prospects in the Washington pipeline and will dictate how far he gets in pro hockey.

Future

Lewington attended training camp with the Capitals before returning to Medicine Hat at the start of the 2014-15 season. In his fourth WHL season, Lewington has put up career highs in goals and assists while continuing to display the hard-hitting style that first gained him notice. His play this season was rewarded when Washington signed him to a three-year entry-level contract in March 2015. Long-term Lewington will likely require time at the minor pro level to continue developing his skating ability and to adapt to the faster pace of the game in pro hockey. His offensive production will likely be minimal at the NHL level but his size and demeanor suggest he can add an element of toughness to complement the myriad scorers in the Washington system.

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