Tyler Graovac
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Tyler Graovac

Hometown:

Brampton Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-04-27

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

7th round (191st overall), 2011

Weight:

179 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2008-09: Tyler Graovac scored 13 goals with 18 assists in 26 games for the Mississauga Reps minor midget team. Graovac was selected by the Ottawa 67’s in the third round of the 2009 OHL Priority Draft.

2009-10: Graovac made his OHL debut as a 16-year-old and skated in 52 games for the Ottawa 67’s. Graovac scored 2 goals with 7 assists and was -6 with 17 PMs. Ottawa finished first in the East Division, advancing to the second round of the playoffs. Graovac skated in all 12 playoff games and was -3 with no points and 2 PMs.

2010-11: In his second OHL season with Ottawa Graovac scored 10 goals with 11 assists in 66 games before suffering a fractured arm in March that ended his season. Playing a lower line role on a team with one of the top lines in major junior, he was -4 with 10 PMs. Ottawa finished first in the East Division but were swept by Sudbury in a high-scoring first-round playoff series. Graovac was ranked 120th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by the Wild in the seventh round (191st overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Graovac was an effective supplementary scorer in a lower line role for a talented Ottawa 67’s team in his third OHL season. He played a big role in the playoffs as Ottawa reached the OHL semifinals. Despite missing time mid-season due to concussion issues, he scored 8 goals with 19 assists in 50 regular season games and was plus-six with 31 penalty minutes as Ottawa finished first in the East Division. Graovac scored 4 goals with 6 assists in 18 playoff games and was plus-two with 12 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Graovac returned to Ottawa for his fourth OHL season and was one of the veteran players traded at the deadline, going to Belleville, as the last-place 67’s began building for the future. An assistant captain with Ottawa, he scored 21 goals with 14 assists and was -16 with 8 penalty minutes in 30 games prior to the trade. Graovac scored 17 goals with 21 assists in 30 games with Belleville and was +23 with 10 penalty minutes. The Bulls finished first in the East Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals. Graovac scored 6 goals with 16 assists in 15 playoff games as he and Vancouver prospect Brendan Gaunce led the Bulls with 22 points each. Graovac signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Wild in April, 2013.

2013-14: Graovac attended training camp with the Wild and skated in 64 of 76 games for Minnesota AHL affiliate Iowa as a 20-year-old rookie. He scored 13 goals with 12 assists and was minus-23 with 29 penalty minutes. Iowa missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fifth in the Midwest Division. 

2014-15: Graovac made his NHL debut with the Wild on December 29th in a game at Winnipeg, skating in three games with Minnesota before being returned to the AHL’s Iowa Wild. Graovac had no points nor penalties, averaging nine minutes of ice time in his three-game NHL stint. He led the Iowa Wild in goals and points, scoring 21 goals with 25 assists in 73 games. Graovac was -8 and had 26 penalty minutes on an Iowa squad that missed the AHL playoffs, finishing last in the West Division.

2015-16: Graovac made the Wild out of training camp, seeing 13:37 minutes of ice time in the opening game of the year against Colorado before suffering a lower-body injury. He missed 26 games due to his injury and was returned to the AHL’s Iowa Wild once he was healthy; making a cameo NHL appearance with Minnesota in February. He was -1 with no points nor penalties in two NHL games. Graovac scored 5 goals with 11 assists and was -8 with 20 penalty minutes in 39 regular season games with Iowa. The Wild missed the AHL playoffs, finishing last in the Central Division.

Talent Analysis

Graovac is a tall player with the finishing skill to thrive but his skating is not his strong point and he has struggled at times with coverage at the pro level. He possesses notably good character. A jaw injury early in his career and a lower-body injury in 2015-16 have hampered his development. He has been a consistent scorer at the AHL level.

Future

Graovac made the Wild out of training camp in 2015-16, suffering a lower-body injury after one game that kept him out much of the first half of the season. He appeared in one other game with Minnesota and was with the Wild during the NHL playoffs, spending most of the season with the AHL's Iowa Wild. At the end of his original three-year entry-level contract, Graovac would be an unrestricted free agent if not tendered a qualifying offer by Minnesota. The 23-year-old has come a long way considering he was a 7th round pick. His size and scoring ability suggests he can be valuable in a lower line role.

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