Could Dylan Guenther Jump Directly to the NHL?
Just before the 2021 draft, the Arizona Coyotes should picking in the first round. The eleventh in general choice had been relinquished in the past organization’s consolidate exercise outrage and presently new GM Bill Armstrong was ready to head into his first get-together with a significant disadvantage.
However, Armstrong swung no joking matter with Vancouver that sent skipper Oliver Ekman-Larsson to the Canucks in a bundle exchange that, among different resources, landed Arizona the 10th pick generally speaking in the draft. What’s more, just to finish the Coyotes’ inversion of fortunes, Arizona figured out how to land conservative Dylan Guenther – a player projected to go as high as third or fourth generally speaking – with that No. 9 determination.
This week, Guenther marked his entrance level arrangement with the Coyotes, causing Arizona a deep sense of enjoyment.
“Dylan is an extremely skilled and smart player with a great work ethic,” Armstrong said. “We are confident that he will become a very good NHL player and look forward to watching his development this season.”
Presently, it’s reasonable for accept that Guenther is ready to get back to the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings for the 2021-22 mission – however imagine a scenario where he doesn’t. Imagine a scenario in which, all things being equal, Guenther procures a spot with the Coyotes and goes straight to the NHL?
Personally, I believe there’s a possibility it occurs. Guenther as of now has good size at 6-foot-1, 181 pounds and with a long summer of preparing, it’s entirely conceivable he has added some more muscle to that casing.
As far as his range of abilities, Guenther is exactly what the Coyotes need a greater amount of the present moment. Arizona has a lack of talented wingers outside of Clayton Keller and Phil Kessel and losing Conor Garland in the Ekman-Larsson bargain clearly exacerbated things. The Coyotes have a lot of brawny wingers, a lot of intense to-play-against wingers, however rare sorts of people who can tear the puck and produce offense the manner in which Guenther can, even at his young age.
If he somehow happened to make the list, the Oil Kings star would need to grab a spot well hidden from a more established player and outperform quite a few more seasoned possibilities like Matias Maccelli, Jan Jenik and Barrett Hayton. Be that as it may, if Guenther has a lights-out camp and demonstrates he has a place, for what reason wouldn’t the Coyotes allow him a chance?
Since he’s so youthful and on the grounds that the Coyotes are probably going to make a stride back in the standings this season (the group has two first-rounders and five second-rounders in the 2022 draft, so you can see the technique), Guenther doesn’t need to be constrained into a 82-game timetable, by the same token. Arizona could undoubtedly credit him out to Canada for the world youngsters in December, which happen in Edmonton again this year. That is an encounter Guenther would profit from hugely subsequent to getting started at the world under-18s, where he won gold and played a bit of an alternate job for a stacked Canadian crew this previous season.
Obviously, the most clear way for 2021-22 is for Guenther to get back to the Oil Kings full-time, where he can create in a great group that additionally includes Detroit first-rounder Sebastian Cossa in net and St. Louis Blues first-rounder Jake Neighbors front and center, no doubt on Guenther’s line once more.
Furthermore, Guenther is falling off an abbreviated WHL season where he played only 12 games prior to leaving for the world under-18s. He had the advantage of getting into a modest bunch of challenges with Sherwood Park of the Alberta Jr. A League while he trusted that the WHL will get back to activity, however it was as yet a light responsibility.
Then again, I was conversing with a NHL scout a day or two ago with regards to OHLers, who missed all of last season and he thought about the amount all the more truly pre-arranged they will be this year since they had such a lot of time to prepare off the ice. Guenther would get a bit of that advantage, as well.
We have seen youthful players go directly to the NHL who weren’t prepared (hell, one just got offer-sheeted via Carolina) various occasions and Arizona can’t stand to entangle Guenther’s turn of events. This is a first rate prospect with extraordinary hostile potential gain and the development to turn into a strong top-sixer in the NHL sometime in the not so distant future. Regardless of whether that day comes at some point or another is dependent upon him and the Coyotes. Be that as it may, he’ll be a charming player to watch come instructional course.