An Inside Look At Avalanche Prospect Tyler Weiss

The Colorado Avalanche may have found a gem in Tyler Weiss in the fourth-round of the 2018 NHL Draft. His inspired play builds from his story of risk and sacrifice.

Tyler Weiss was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on January 3rd, 2000. He fell in love with hockey and quickly picked up playing the sport, with his brother Ryan, for a local team. Weiss faced a major barrier on his way to becoming the player he is today. His family began to face financial problems attempting to support two hockey-playing sons. His brother then gave up his hockey career to allow Tyler to move forward with his dream of playing in the NHL. Being from a non-traditional hockey market, and trying to make a splash with NHL scouts is a tough task. Knowing he needed a change in scenery, he began the process of moving and playing in Canada for the Don Mills Flyers. The move to Canadian hockey was the start to his path to the draft.

After playing two seasons for Don Mills, Weiss was invited to join the United States Hockey Development Program in Plymouth, Michigan. Weiss totaled 31 points in 58 games, netting 12 goals. Although his point production may seem low for a fourth-round pick, his skating, and high hockey IQ is what grabbed the attention of NHL scouts. Weiss finished in the top 25 in six different events at the draft combine, standing at just 5'10" and weighing in at only 151 pounds. The left winger quickly became high on the lists of several general managers, getting interviewed at the combine by 22 teams.
Number 9 Tyler Weiss Highlights with the U.S. NTDP

Weiss heard his name called in the fourth round of the draft, at pick 109 by the Colorado Avalanche. After his summer prospect camp in Colorado, Weiss enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he will play his freshman season, after originally committing to Boston University. Playing in the NCAA will give him the time he needs to get bigger physically and develop his play-making style before playing professionally.

Although he may not be a well-known prospect, the young kid from Raleigh, North Carolina has all the attributes and abilities to make it in the NHL.

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