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Fantasy Summary

Smooth skating and dynamic offensive threat who displays composure with the puck on his stick. He is undersized but possesses high-end hockey IQ in all three zones and has potential as a top-six winger in the NHL.


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September 2022 – Aside from Connor Bedard, no 2023 draft-eligible CHL player put up more points than Cristall. He registered 28 goals and 41 assists in 61 games during the WHL regular season and added another goal and five assists in five games at the recent Hlinka Gretzky Cup to help guide Canada to a gold medal finish.

When assessing Cristall’s offensive profile, there aren’t many boxes the 5-9 winger doesn’t check. His offensive skill set is highlighted through extremely efficient distribution skills and a willingness to shoot in a purposeful manner. Cristall is also a fluid and effortless skater with above-average speed that allows him to effectively transition the puck and distribute it to his teammates. He frequently displays good zone-to-zone awareness by supporting the play and his teammates through timely positioning and strong play recognition. Cristall’s high-level hockey IQ is most notably on display when observing his willingness to make the right play when facing pressure. As a result, the puck does not die on his stick often due to his willingness to make simple and effective plays rather than trying to be a one-man show. While not possessing a high-end rocket of a shot, Cristall does display a timely and willing shooting mentality that could lead him to be a 20+ goal scorer annually if and when he reaches professional hockey. Despite his smaller stature, he frequently displays good competitiveness along the half wall and slot when loose pucks are up for grabs. It is very unlikely that he will ever develop into a player with even average levels of physicality, but Cristall’s high-end hockey IQ in all three zones leaves him with legitimate above-average defensive upside when projecting his game at the next level. It is not uncommon for creative players such as Cristall to have a period of adjustment when ascending the pro-levels of hockey where time and space become limited due to the higher level of competition. While he will have to continue refining his decision-making process as he progresses toward the pro game, Cristall’s willingness to make safe and simple plays when facing pressure will likely help that transitional period. Chris Horvat

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 9.0
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 4, 2005
Height 5‘10”
Weight 165 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 BC Junior CanucksBrick Invitational6 2 46 6|Playoffs1 0 00
 2016-2017 Burnaby Winter Club BruinsQC Int PW4 1 67 0|        
 2017-2018 Burnaby Winter Club BruinsQC Int PW4 1 23 2|        
 2018-2019 St. George's School U15 PrepCSSHL U1530 25 2752 16|Playoffs3 1 23
 2019-2020 St. George's School U15 PrepCSSHL U1527 43 3780 47|Playoffs2 4 37
  St. George's School U15 PrepJohn Reid Bantam6 8 715 8|        
  St. George's School Elite 15sCSSHL U161 1 01 0|        
 2020-2021 St. George's School U18 PrepCSSHL U184 3 14 8|