Welcome to the Philadelphia Flyers kid.
Foerster was taken with the 23rd overall pick by the Flyers. The 18-year-old was ranked as the 29th best player according to Bob McKenzie’s pre-draft rankings and 21 on Central Scouting’s North American rankings. He played his junior hockey in the OHL for the Barrie Colts. He is a right-handed shot who projects to be a winger in the future after playing both center and wing in juniors. The NBCSN TV crew compared Foerster to Corey Perry and Mark Stone.
The Alliston, Ontario native was known in junior hockey for his shot, one-timers on the power play, a very good wrist shot, and a willingness to play in the corners and in front of the net. He has a prototypical NHL size at 6’2″ 194 pounds, but he isn’t projected as a player who will be able to jump into the NHL this season. He was also named the MVP of the CHL’s Top Prospects Game.
The knock against Foerster is his skating. He’s just 18 and his skating ability is underdeveloped. Pierre McGuire believes it is a problem with his stride and mechanics. Craig Button believes that it is more of a physical maturity issue and that in time Foerster will develop his skating skills without an additional focus on them.
Last season he lead all OHL players in powerplay goals with 18. In 62 games last season Foerster scored 36 goals and added 44 assists for 80 points and had 53 penalty minutes. He isn’t afraid of playing on the defensive side, and during last season he found himself blasting away on the power play from the left side dot, most commonly known as Alex Ovechkin’s preferred powerplay position.
Some of his most recent highlights certainly show his shooting ability so be sure to check out that video.
A need for the Flyers was a big-time shooter. With the pick general manager, Chuck Fletcher addressed that pick and got a player in Tyson Foerster who will bring some defensive acumen to go along with goal scoring and power play specialization. His skating needs work which makes him a project but one that could have an incredible payoff.
The Flyers also had a tribute to Jack McIlhargey, former player and scout for the Flyers. He played two stints for the Flyers in the ’70s and ’80s and was an assistant on John Steven’s coaching staff. Also a player and coach for the Canucks, and was partially responsible for Soviet hockey legends Igor Larionov and Vladimir Krutov coming to play for the team. He is a member of the British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame. He passed from a long battle with cancer after at home in Burnaby at 68.