Jonny Tychonick had an excellent season for the Vees, producing 47 points in 48 games, including 38 assists. In the playoffs he had 17 points in 11 games, including 14 assists. Internationally, he had 2 points at the WJAC-19 and 2 assists in 5 games at the U18’s.
Tychonick is a dynamic offensive defenseman who plays with some bite. What separates him in this draft from some of the other smaller defenseman, is that he’s willing to play a physical brand of hockey. He’s a tenacious and active player in his own-end at times, generating hits and showing a willingness to pin his opponents along the boards while competing for the puck. Although overmatched physically on occasion and not always reading the play properly in his own-end, he makes up for his deficiencies with exceptional passing ability and impressive four-way mobility. His first-pass is one of the better passes in this class, it takes him very little time to identify his passing lane and read how much time he has to move the puck under pressure before losing his angle. If his passing options have been taken from him, he’s got impressive east-west movement, and a momentum shifting stride that allows him to generate a good amount of power.
He’s a kid who plays with a high-level of bravado, baiting his opponents at times to try and stop him from going end-to end. This type of confidence when combined with his impressive tools have allowed us to see some incredible individual efforts from him this past season. None more so, than when we watched him weave through an entire team, before using his soft-hands to deke out the netminder for one of the best goals we watched this season. Unfortunately, his confidence can come with a price as well, as he does have a tendency to over-handle the puck in the neutral zone and has been prone to unforced turnovers in some of the games we viewed him in.
Despite his confidence being a double-edged sword at times, it does still allow him to make some of the cleaner transitional zone entries and exits out of the group on the backend when he’s on top of his game. Once he’s established himself at the line, he’s shown advanced feinting mechanics, using his lateral mobility and shiftiness to readjust his lanes, before threading difficult passes with an impressive level of precision. Although an adept passer, he also has an effective shot from the point. This is due to his accuracy and placement more so than the velocity his shot generates. The majority of his wrist-shots and slapshots are aimed low, around the ankle area to increase the rate of deflections and rebounds.
One of the areas he needs to improve with his shot is when to time it through screens, he does have a tendency to shoot without traffic at times, which generates a harmless attempt that is easily handled by netminders. That being said, we have also seen him use it to create fake-shot set-ups so that he can further take-advantage of his excellent passing.
The biggest area of improvement for Tychonick in the offensive-zone, is in his pacing. Despite his offensive-gifts and ability to exploit defensive-units, he doesn’t control the tempo of a game at the rate he theoretically should considering his skills. This is due to rushing his options at times or trying to do too much, which stems back to our earlier point about his mentality when he’s on the ice.
Tychonick can leave you in awe with his transitional zone entries that are created through his quick hands and he can play a gritty game if he has to. So, despite his size, average defensive reads, and inability to dictate the rhythm of a game at a consistent rate, there’s still a lot of upside that can be untapped with the right development.
OOOH yeah life goes on, long after the thrill of Vinny is gone
It's too bad all the people that could really run the Habs are busy doing talk radio, writing blogs or posting on message boards.
Now, Lajoie is an imbecile, a cretin and a plagiarist, who to use author Dany Laferrière's deliciously withering expression, "lives beyond his intellectual means."
...as serious as a poutine shortage in Chicoutimi during a curling bonspiel...
Haddock wrote:I wouldn't know anything about that. I gave my soul up when I swore allegiance to the goddamn queen.
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