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
  • C

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.

 

Talent Analysis

Although still lanky, Graovac has a decent frame that could use a bit more bulk. He is a sniper with an average overall game, but he is also coming on strong after suffering a broken jaw early in his career. Graovac possesses notably good character as well.

 

Future

Finally fully healthy, Graovac put up impressive point totals with two different teams in his final OHL season. He has the hands and the size to be a difference-maker as a pro, and will be looked to to provide offense as an AHL rookie next season.

 

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