Second Round, 58th Overall, RW Taylor Raddysh

Name: Taylor Raddysh
Position: Right Wing
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 203 lbs.
Shoots: Right
Birthdate: 18 FEB 98
Club: Erie (OHL)

Erie (OHL), 67 GP, 24-49-73, 18 PIM; Playoffs: 12 GP, 4-6-10, 2 PIM

Scouting Comments:
"A big-bodied winger, a good skater, a little better skater than Boris (Katchouk), a little better than Boris, not as much bang as Boris. Two different guys. Plays for a very good team in Erie -- had two real good lines. [Re: Playing with Strome and Debrincat] Taylor can think and play at the level of the top players in junior hockey and we have hopes for him going forward." -- Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray.

"Raddysh was selected 19th overall in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection Draft by the Erie Otters. Raddysh made a good impact on the Otters' third line as a 16 year old during their Western Conference Championship run providing good work ethic and a little offense to their bottom six. Raddysh is a smart two-way winger who can contribute in a variety of ways without being dominant in any one area. Taylor has good hockey sense and can create offense for his linemates. He sees his linemates well and makes slick passes to help set up scoring chances. He does a good job getting into position to score, but doesn't have high-end finishing ability and will sometimes miss on his chances. He can put the puck in the net but sometimes lacks confidence in his shot and will pass off instead. He has a great awareness to get behind defenders, but lacks the skating ability to separate. If anything his skating seemed to take a step back this year as he added onto his frame from the previous season. He will need to get it to a place where he can separate and exploit the opposition with his awareness. He has a good sized frame and battles along the wall.

He has a good work ethic and competes hard despite lacking ideal skating ability. Defensively he is very competitive and will do what it takes to win including blocking shots, taking the hit to make the play and getting into lanes to break up chances.

Raddysh could be a bit of a sleeper in this draft. His inability to finish on chances where he has had great opportunities to score and his skating have been the biggest concerns for us, but both could be developed over the next few years. What can't be developed is his hockey sense, awareness to exploit holes in the defense and his ability to get open in the offensive zone. He is a competitive player who could work his way into a lower end top six role, but has the two-way game and enough talent to make a solid third line forward at the next level." --HockeyProspect.com's Black Book

“I liked what I saw last season but he slid a bit for me this year. He had quite a few games where I really had to look for him.” – HP Scout Mark Edwards

"Right place at the right time. Outstanding playmaker is very patient with the puck, waits for the play to form and then makes the smart play. Has good puck skills and a quick, heavy release on a deadly accurate shot. Comes off the wall with power moves to create offence from the middle of the ice. Was a major source of puzzlement and frustration for Red Line’s staff. Very good size, but he’s a big guy who plays small. Loses battles to smaller players and doesn’t get involved physically. Has the size and strength to impose himself on defenders down low, but never does. He’s easy to play against, and d-men can be quite comfortable going into corners with him. If he would ever bring more fire and passion, we really like his offensive game and tools. Needs to improve foot speed."

Projection: Inconsistent 2nd line scorer for middle tier club.
Style compares to: Erik Haula
-- Red Line Report

"Among the top OHL scorers for long stretches of the season, Raddysh was a shots-on-goal machine in the process. Although he was helped by being on a super line with Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome and likely first-rounder Alex DeBrincat, Raddysh was very impressive in his own right. He is a power winger. He works hard every shift to win battles while also showing above-average puck skills. He reads the play very well and shows quality vision and offensive instincts. Raddysh's defensive play is about average; he's the kind of player who sacrifices his body for his team but could improve his positioning. His first step can use some work, as he's got a bit of a sluggish stride but decent leg strength." -- Corey Pronman, ESPN

Ranked #46 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #28 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #58 by Future Considerations
Ranked #44 by McKeen's Hockey
Ranked #36 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
Ranked #42 by TSN/McKenzie

Strengths:
Has the size (6-2, 203 pounds) and strength to play a solid complementary role at the highest level. Can pass the puck with aplomb, and is also a responsible winger.

Weakneses:
Must become a better goal-scoring option in the professional ranks. Also needs to use his big frame more to his advantage to maximize his power forward appeal.

Projection:
Big, complementary winger with upside.

Chad Schnarr contributed to this report.