The Draft Mindset: Dylan Guenther

Successful NHL franchises are built through the draft. For that reason, it is never too early to start looking ahead at potential draft options for the Philadelphia Flyers in 2021. As of now, the 2021 NHL Entry Draft is set for July 23–24, 2021. It is unknown how the event will be held, whether virtual again or held in an arena. Depending on how well the Flyers do this season will determine where they pick in the draft. A potential first-round option is a left-winger, Dylan Guenther.

2021 NHL Entry Draft Scouting Report: Dylan Guenther

Position: LW

Team: Edmonton Oil Kings

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 170 pounds

Shoots: Right

Dylan Guenther is a left-winger hailing from Edmonton, Alberta. Last year, he played his first full season in the WHL with the Edmonton Oil Kings after being selected first-overall in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. Before coming to the Oil Kings, he played with the Northern Alberta X-Treme Prep. He put up a strong display of numbers with 32 goals and 26 assists for 58 points in 28 games. 

Coming into the 2019-20 season with the Oil Kings, he posted 26 goals and 33 assists for 59 points in 58 games, winning the WHL Rookie of the Year award. With the WHL yet to start this year, he played four games on loan to the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the AJHL, posting three goals and two assists for five total points. 

Scouting Report

Guenther has an excellent upside to his offensive skill to be a potential top-six winger in the NHL. He is a great skater who reads the opposition well. With his skilled stick-handling abilities, he does a good job moving around defensemen to make a play and create space to score or pass to a teammate. He possesses a very accurate shot and the ability to score from tight areas on the ice. 

Defensively, he is effective and continues to improve. He isn’t very strong yet, but he will have a well-rounded defensive game if he works on gaining some strength. 

Guenther has the potential to be taken in the top-10 in the draft. If he is available when the Flyers are up to pick, I would love to see them take a chance on a player like Guenther, with a high offensive, goal-scoring upside.

Rankings

#11 by Elite Prospects

#7 by Future Considerations

#8 by Neutral Zone

#8 by Recruit Scouting

#7 by Dobber Prospects

Quotables

“A skilled winger who wants the puck on his stick and knows what to do with it. He breaks down defensive schemes on the fly and attacks their weaknesses.” Tony Ferrari 

“Guenther has a good mix of size, speed, and skill and can absolutely wire any wrist or slapshot he takes, but he’s forced to do a lot of the damage for a weak Edmonton squad. If you like comparisons, Tyler Seguin isn’t a bad one.” The Hockey News

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