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Getting to know Montreal Canadiens 149th-overall selection Jarret Tyszka

Tyszka had rankings as high as in the second round

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The Montreal Canadiens made their second pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, choosing Jarret Tyszka with the #149 pick.

Tyszka is a 6’2”, 188-pound left-handed shot on defence and played with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL. He is from Langley, British Columbia.


Tyszka is a mobile defenceman who gets a lot of praise for his two-way play. He is a solid skater with good offensive instincts. He followed up a good regular season with two goals and five assists in 20 games in the WHL playoffs.

Tyszka shows similarities to another former Thunderbird in Shea Theodore. He was ranked 80th in our consensus rankings, with several services saying he was a second-round pick. To pick him up in the fifth round is a great value for the Canadiens.

If Walford at 68 was a bit of a reach, Tyszka at 149 makes up for it.

The two are similar players: bigger defencemen in the same mould as the type of defenceman the Canadiens have been focusing on, and in this draft in particular. He won’t wow you with his offensive performance but it’s a capable part of his game, and is showing improvement.

He can skate around, and his defensive zone coverage is rated very high. He needs to work on his consistency and sometimes he tries to protect the puck with his body which could hurt him as he moves to pro hockey.


Future Considerations

Tyszka is a big and mobile blue-liner with strong two-way instincts. He is a strong skater, who uses his long strides to make up ground lost when forwards get behind him. He has quickness and good edge work, although he needs to fil out to generate more power. He also does a good job of using his vision to read where a play is going and anticipating in time to make a play.

Hockey Prospect Black Book

Tyszka is an energetic player who has shown consistent work ethic this season. He plays aggressively in all three zones and when he commits to a pinch or a loose puck, he commits to the lane at full speed. This enthusiasm and aggressiveness was consistent in most viewings of Tyszka this season.


DraftBuzz Hockey: 115
Future Considerations: 61
Hockey Prospect: 121
ISS Hockey: 57
McKeen’s: 70
Craig Button: 89
Bob McKenzie: NR

Tyszka projects to be a solid second-pairing defenceman with some development, and he can help out on the second power-play unit in a pinch. He did get some power-play time in Seattle, and you could see in the above video he is capable to move the puck and can fire it when he’s given the opportunity to score.