FRB Top 20 Prospects: #12...Tyler Graovac

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Tyler Graovac, Center
Iowa Wild (AHL)
6'5" 195 Pounds 4/27/1993
7th Round. 191st Overall 2011 Draft

Minnesota's scouting staff is sitting pretty now that they took a flier on Graovac in 2011; the oft-injured albeit hard luck forward had missed chunks of seasons with the Ottawa 67's leading into his draft year. However, he stayed healthy (for the most part) this last season and was one of the breakout stars in the OHL.
He started on a torrid goal scoring pace in the first 20 games of the season for the lowly 67's (and he did it without playing with high end 2012 Draft Prospect Sean Monahan) which earned him an invite to play for The OHL in the Subway Super Series against Russia, and an invite to Canada's World Junior Evaluation Camp. Later traded to Belleville to bolster their playoff run, The Bulls came short of winning the Eastern Conference Finals against Barrie.
He did garner some accolades along the way- he was in the Top 3 for Best Shot and Most Dangerous in the Goal Area by the OHL Eastern Conference Coaches, was named the OHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player, signed his Entry Level Contract with Minnesota, and ramped up talk that he may be the steal of the 2011 Draft.
We still don't know how he's going to pan out though- some say he's too soft to be a checker, and not offensively gifted enough to play Top-6; but he may be a bit of a late developer considering the time he lost to injuries in season's past. That said, he's going to be one of the more intriguing players to watch in Iowa this year.

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