How far will the Rangers get this season?

Possible First Round Pick: Tyler Biggs

Tyler Biggs (via

Tyler Biggs (via

The Rangers currently have five defensemen under the age of 28 on their roster and two more top prospects on the way, so it’s very likely New York will be looking to add some offensive firepower with its first-round pick, No. 15 overall in the NHL Draft.

Between now and June 24th, we’ll take a look at some of the forwards that the Rangers might be thinking about taking on draft day.  Today, we look at…

Tyler Biggs

HT: 6-2

WT: 210

Pos: RW

Shoots: R

Birthday: 5/30/93

Team: USA, U18

2009-2010 stats: 15g, 8a, 40gp, 85 PIM (USA, U17)

2010-2011 stats: 17g, 11a, 48gp, 112PIM

2010-2011 playoffs: N/A profile > 



The Hockey News: 20

CSS: 22 Midterm Rank: 5


TSN: 15 Midterm Rank: 10 

TSN (Craig Button): N/A 

The Scouting Report: 32 Midterm Rank: 32

Bruins 2011 Draft Watch: 25

Corey Pronman: 78

ESPN: 12


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What They’re Saying:

THN – “As the son of former pro journeyman Don Biggs, the national team development product comes to the draft with a level of notoriety.  ‘His dad was a real pain in the ass and he will be, too,’ said one scout.  ‘He is legitimate tough.  Good size, he’s strong, he’s going to find a way to get to the NHL.’  Whether that route involves a great deal of scoring remains to be seen, but experts are unanimous in praise of Biggs’ physical skills and surliness.  He tangled with several of the United States League’s top fighters this season and was effective when Team USA took on NCAA teams (Which have an age and experience advantage.)  In 16 games against college squads, Biggs was second in NTDP scoring and had three winners.  And while that offense is nice, it’s his ability to deliver hits and disrupt the opposition that will punch his ticket.  Biggs is bound for Miami University next season.”

The Scouting Report – "Biggs certainly merits consideration as a prospect due to his size, physical play, skating ability and determination. It’s difficult though to see him as a first rounder since he does not possess the offensive skills that would be worthy of such a high pick. Biggs may only top out as a 15-20 goal guy who can provide some grit and nastiness which fits nicely on some clubs but the ceiling doesn’t seem high enough to justify anything other than the second round."  

Bruins 2011 Draft Watch – "Victimized by unrealistic expectations, Biggs could end up proving a lot of the critics wrong. We don't buy into the belief that he killed his stock at the World Under-18 tourney- we just don't feel that it was as high with the NHL teams out there as Central scouting led everyone to believe when they ranked him fifth overall among North American skaters on their midterm list. He lives up to his last name- a powerful skater and battering ram who plays the game like a legitimate power forward. When Biggs is on top of his game, he bulls his way to the net, spins and cycles effortlessly while protecting the puck from defenders powerless to separate him from it, and unleashes a rocket shot that is heavy and hurts. Unfortunately, scouts are unsure of his hockey sense and ability to create for himself. That's one of those aspects of hockey that is extremely tough to project and Biggs could very well end up being a legitimate top-six forward someday- he can skate, hit and fight. But there are enough concerns about his upside that keep him from being a top-20 guy in our view. However, he is extremely close- the margin between his not making the cut is razor-thin as any one of the players ahead of him at 21-24 could all make the case to be inside the top-20. He's a good player, but how good is the big question on draft day."

Corey Pronman - "Tyler Biggs is a decent skater who is a tick above average for a forward his size. His balance is notable, as he has a wide stance with the puck and is very hard to dislodge either when protecting the puck or when he's standing in front of the net. He's average in regards to his puck skills and can make decent, quick passes and will on occasion flash a notable stick-handling move, but then at other times he will look completely fringe when attacking a player one-on-one with the puck. His shot is solid to above-average which he locates well and puts a fair amount of torque into; his technique on his one-timers is notable as well. Biggs' best tool is his physical game, which projects as above-average to plus at the highest level. He abuses opponents along the boards with heavy hits, and regularly pressures defenders on the forecheck into making poor decisions. He's already developed a notable amount of muscle mass, and when engaged along the boards in a battle, he easily rubs out the opposition and comes away with the puck. Biggs' hockey sense however is fringe and sometimes even looks below that. He frequently makes random, horrid decisions with the puck, his positioning isn't good, and at times will even just chuck the puck blindly into no man's land amongst other decisions that leave people scratching their heads. The work ethic wavers too, and regularly I've regularly gotten reports from scouts that mention how he disappears for long stretches at a time."

Hockey’s Future – “In February's U18 event Biggs was a monster and was the most noticeable player on the ice whenever he touched it. During the U18 World Championships, Biggs was almost an afterthought. The intense and aggressive power forward was unable to create much in terms of offense and even saw his physical advantage taken away by some surprising sources. Biggs has really created a lot of questions around his development and whether he can play the style that makes him so appealing at the higher levels. Although invisible for a lot of the tournament, Biggs still provided the tournament with two of its most memorable moments, scoring the OT winner against Canada in the semi final and launching a German player into the bench with easily the biggest hit of the tournament during their round robin meeting.” – “At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Biggs rarely is intimidated. He skates well, is physical, tough and can effectively attack the net with or without the puck.  ‘He has that leadership quality … that desire, that passion, that competitiveness,’ NHL Central Scouting's Jack Barzee told ‘He just never quits. He's a young player who has taken the role as leader of his team. He does most of their fighting when they have to fight. He's kind of the guy that when someone starts picking on somebody, he's standing up for them. I think while wearing the 'C' may have taken a little away from his offensive finish, my gut feeling is that I can't think of anything else but an uphill path for Tyler.’” 

USA Today – “Biggs, 6-2, 207, has risen to the top spot in USA TODAY's American rankings for the draft, primarily on the strength on his ability to be a physical force in every game. A member of the U.S. National Team Development Program (NTDP), Biggs is a punishing hitter, a leader and he drives to the net like a fullback on skates.  ‘He's a guy who is intimidating even when he plays the college team,’ U.S. coach Ron Rolston said. ‘We played Maine a couple of weeks, and he physically took four or five guys right off their feet with physical checks. He just plays the game hard.’  USA Hockey's Jim Johannson says Biggs reminds him of a much bigger version of retired NHL player Mike Keane, who enjoyed a long pro career of being a pest.  ‘Biggs is going to be a player who will really be hard to play against and will contribute offensively,’ Johannson said.”

Jess Rubenstein – “If you are looking for those the Rangers might go after there are a couple like Tyler Biggs of USNTDP or Nicklas Jensen of Oshawa.”  “Power Forward who will develop a strong two-way game under Enrico Blasi, one of the best college coaches.” 

Mock Drafts:

Adam Kimelman, – 30 

Mike Morreale, – N/A 

Steven Hoffner, – 30

Deven Persaud, - 25 – 23 

Gary Joyce, ESPN – 11 

Mark Seidel, CBC – 17 

Hockey's Future - 15

The Hockey News - N/A


Thoughts: There seems to be a good amount of concern that Biggs may not develop into an elite offensive player.  His physicality caught everyone’s eyes, but Biggs may not have the ceiling of many other forwards in the draft.  He’s playing against very different competition, so Biggs can be hard to judge, but it sounds like his big game-winning goals and penchant for fighting are drawing more attention than his skill set. 

The Rangers last took a player entering college as Biggs will next year when they took Chris Kreider in 2009.  They have dipped into the pool of US prospects, be it high schoolers or national development team members, with some frequency in recent years.  The Rangers have Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan, both ex-Wisconsin Badgers, on the roster right now, so they may be more willing to take a shot on Biggs than other teams.  However, they may be looking for a player with a better chance of developing into a big-time offensive threat.


Season Review:

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Breaking Down The Goalies >

Breaking Down The Offense >

Breaking Down The Prospects >

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Spotlight On Glen Sather >

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Possible First Round Pick:

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Mark Scheifele >

Mika Zibanejad > 

Mark McNeill >

Brandon Saad >

Joel Armia >

Nicklas Jensen >

Alexander Khokhlachev >

Tyler Biggs >



Posted by Kevin Baumer | May 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm

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