Tyler Biggs
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Tyler Biggs

Hometown:

Cincinnati Ohio

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-04-30

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Trade with Toronto, 2015

Weight:

205 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Tyler Biggs played for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, playing in 72 games for that team.  He scored 40 goals and added 46 assists for 86 points.  Biggs was chosen in the second round of the 2009 OHL Priority selection by the Oshawa Generals.

2009-10: Played in 24 games for the U.S. NTDP squad that competed in the USHL, scoring 6 goals and adding 5 assists for 11 points.  Played 40 games for the US. National U-17 team where he netted 15 goals and added 8 assists for 23 points, and also suited up for the U-18 squad for 13 games, picking up 1 goal and 1 assist for that team.  Played for the gold medalist U.S. team at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 5 goals and chipping in 1 assist for 6 points in 6 games.  Also represented the U.S. at the 2010 U-18 World Junior Championship, where he was scoreless in 7 games.

2010-11: Played for the U.S. NTDP competing in the USHL, appearing in 20 games.  Biggs scored 7 goals and chipped in 4 assists for 11 points along with 41 penalty minutes.  Playing for the U.S. squad at the 2011 U-18 WJC in Germany.  Will play for Miami University starting in the fall of 2011. Biggs was chosen in the first round, 22nd overall, of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

2011-12: Biggs skated in 37 of 40 games for Miami University as a freshman. He scored 9 goals with 8 assists and was plus-four with 63 penalty minutes (most amongst Redhawks forwards and second only to defenseman Will Weber (CBJ)). Miami finished fourth in the CCHA and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after defeating Bowling Green in the CCHA third place game. Biggs announced in May that he would not be returning for his sophomore year. He attended USA Hockey’s U20 Evaluation Camp and signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs in August of 2012.

2012-13: Biggs made his pro hockey debut as a 19-year-old in April of 2013 after skating for the OHL’s Oshawa Generals and winning a gold medal skating for Team USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Biggs scored 1 goal and was +1 in four regular season games with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies after joining the team in April. Toronto finished first in the North Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Biggs played in one AHL playoff game with no points nor penalty minutes. He was Oshawa’s third-leading scorer after making the jump from college hockey to major junior, scoring 26 goals with 27 assists, and was +11 with 55 penalty minutes in 60 games. The Generals finished second in the East Division and advanced to the second round. Biggs skated in nine playoff games and was -1 with 1 assist and 13 penalty minutes. In seven games at the WJC he had 1 assist and was +6 with 8 penalty minutes. The USA defeated Sweden, 3-1, in the gold medal game.

2013-14: Biggs skated in 57 regular season games and three playoff contests for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in his first pro season. He scored 7 goals with 2 assists and was an even plus/minus with 39 penalty minutes during the regular season. Toronto finished first in the North Division and reached the Western Conference finals — falling to Texas in a seven-game series. Biggs had no points nor penalties in three playoff games.

2014-15: Biggs played 47 games for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in his second season, suffering a season-ending achilles injury in February that kept him off the ice for nearly seven months.  Biggs scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -6 with 56 penalty minutes before suffering his injury. He  played eight games with the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears, scoring 4 goals with 2 assists and had a +1 plus/minus with 16 penalty minutes. Biggs was acquired by Pittsburgh in July 2015 as part of the multi-player trade that brought Phil Kessel to the Penguins and sent former first round pick Kasperi Kapanen to Toronto. 

2015-16: Biggs had hopes for a fresh start in the Penguins’ organization. Instead he struggled to stay in the lineup due to injury, appearing in just 11 regular season games with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and two ECHL games with the Wheeling Nailers. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -1 with the Penguins, returning to the lineup in April but had yet to make an appearance in the playoffs heading into the second round series against Hershey. Biggs scored 1 goal and was -2 with 16 penalty minutes playing for Wheeling.

Talent Analysis

Biggs is a big forward who plays with a nasty disposition. A player who dominated at lower levels because of his size, he is still learning to play the game at the professional level. He is defensively sound and can be used as a penalty killing forward. He can be an intimidating figure but questions have surrounded his consistency. His lack of speed and mobility has been an issue as well.

Future

Biggs had high hopes that the move to Pittsburgh's organization in 2015-16 would jump start his career but that was not the case. Injuries limited him to 13 games between the AHL and ECHL and when healthy he played mostly in a lower line role. The 22nd player taken in the 2011 NHL Draft, Biggs would become an unrestricted free agent if not tendered a qualifying offer by the Penguins. He is no longer viewed as a high end prospect. If he ever reaches the NHL, the 23-year-old will play a fourth-line, depth role.

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