Prospect watch: Jordan Kyrou

Jordan Kyrou is probably my favorite prospect or a close second to Klim Kostin.  Kyrou was the Blues 35th overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft.  He is a very fast, highly skilled, smart two-way playmaker.  In his rookie season with the Sarnia Sting, Kyrou played 63 games and had 36 points (13 G and 23 A).  In his second season with the Sting, he played 65 games and scored 51 points (17 G and 34 A).  In Kyrou’s third season he had a huge jump and was one of the OHL’s top scorers.  He played 66 games and had 94 points (30 G and 64 A) along with a 30 game point streak, which was the longest point streak by anyone in the OHL this season.  He had 17 goals and 35 assists during his 30 game point streak and ended with 32 points better than anyone on his team for the year.

Kyrou is an extraordinary skater and highly skilled.  Kyrou’s speed helps him breakup plays and create plays.  Along with his skating ability, Kyrou has great puck handling skills that allow him to go through tight areas and quickly cut to the slot to get a quick shot or set up a goal.  He has great vision and knows where players are on the ice.  He always seems to be a step ahead of everyone else and knows what you are going to do before you even do it.  Kyrou’s playmaking ability is remarkable and sets up fellow line mates often.  He draws a lot of attention to himself with his speed and skill and uses that to his advantage.  Sometimes it’ll look like he is about to shoot but then he makes a perfect pass to an open teammate that usually freezes the goalie and sometimes even defensemen.

It’s not just Kyrou’s offensive game that makes him a great player but he also plays a great defensive game.  He uses his speed to get back and break up plays and is smart with his positioning along with his great defensive stick.  Kyrou also has the ability to bring his play to another level in bigger games and critical situations.  He excels when called to a bigger role.

Kyrou’s weakness is his muscle mass.  He gets pushed around at the boards too easy and when battling for the puck.  He needs to add more muscle and weight before I think he’s ready to come up, although, when his last OHL season started he was 160 lbs. and now he is around 185 lbs.  That jump could possibly have him come up this year and make the Blues roster at least at some point this year.

My prediction on Kyrou is to be the Blues #1 center.  I know that’s probably saying a lot but I think he has the ability to be an elite playmaking center in the NHL.  I don’t have a good NHL comparison for Kyrou but my closest comparison to him is Tyler Johnson but bigger and more points.  Kyrou will get 20 goals and 50-60 assists a season when he hits his prime.

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