Keith Hershmiller

Fantasy Summary

Not the most creative offensive player however he has speed, size, and an impressive work ethic to carve out a bottom six role.


Observations

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April 2020 – The former Regina Pats forward has paid his dues in the minors and become a bottom-six player for the Kings for two straight seasons. Wagner has now appeared in over 60 games over the past two seasons at the NHL level, albeit without the same offensive production seen in Junior. Still only 22-years-old he remains a serviceable forward because of his speed, however, with the roster full of young talented prospects it may not be long before his role diminishes to make way for the new wave of players. The club will have to decide the path they want to take with Wagner as he is on the last year of his entry-level deal and will become an RFA at seasons end. Julian Mongillo

 

September 2017 – A torn labrum and dislocated bicep injury sustained in the playoffs last season has put a dent in Austin Wagner’s development plans. He was expected to play the coming season with the Ontario Reign, but will now most likely head back to the Regina Pats once healthy. Wagner is known as one of the fastest skaters in the CHL and as a penalty kill specialist, but lacks offensive impact. He projects to be a third or fourth-line player in the NHL. Jamie Barber

 

June 2017 –  Wagner was a key contributor on a strong Regina Pats team that made it all the way to game seven of the WHL Championship against the Seattle Thunderbirds. He plays a heavy game, can cause havoc on the forecheck, doesn’t shy away from physical play and is more than happy to drive the front of the net. Although his stride looks a little awkward, it’s effective and there aren’t many players who will catch him once he gets up to top speed. This, along with his good defensive zone awareness makes him very dangerous on the penalty kill. All these skills could translate into a nice power forward piece for the Los Angeles Kings if he can adjust to pro hockey. If Wagner starts in the AHL next season, it will be interesting to see if his offensive abilities will show at the next level.  Mitch Brandner

 

June 2015 – The Los Angeles Kings selected Austin Wagner with the 99th pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

 

June 2015 – Coming into this season with little fanfare Wagner has rocketed up the draft rankings this season. He can absolutely fly and his combination of speed and size gives opposing defenders fits. He plays every shift with a purpose and is always in the thick of the action. His simple north-south game isn’t conducive to big point totals however he projects as the kind of quick, heavy, and suffocating third liner that championship teams are lousy with. Additionally Wagner is a fantastic penalty killer, he has incredible instincts and walks the line between aggressive and reckless extremely well. He is a constant threat for shorthanded goals. Fantasy-wise, Wagner isn’t your highest ceiling prospect however he plays a pro style game and could be a solid source of secondary scoring. Donesh Mazloum

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4.5
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 23, 1997
Height 6‘1”
Weight 179 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 4; Overall: 99

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 CNHA Blazers U15 AAHCAA U1521 10 1020 44|Playoffs3 1 01
 2011-2012 Calgary Northstar Sabres U15 AAAAEHL U1532 17 1027 94|Playoffs3 2 24
  Team Calgary North Alberta Cup5 4 15 6|        
 2012-2013 Calgary Northstars U18 AAAAEHL U1828 7 310 30|Playoffs2 0 00 15 
  Team Alberta WCCC-16- - -- -|        
  Regina PatsWHL1 0 00 0|        
 2013-2014 Regina PatsWHL42 1 12 18|Playoffs2 0 00
 2014-2015 Regina PatsWHL61 20 1939 53|Playoffs9 1 23
 2015-2016 Regina PatsWHL70 28 3462 84|Playoffs12 3 69 12 
 2016-2017 Regina PatsWHL64 30 3666 94|Playoffs22 16 521 29 
  WHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 1 01 0|        
 2017-2018 Ontario ReignAHL50 10 717 62|Playoffs3 0 00
 2018-2019 Los Angeles KingsNHL62 12 921 16|        
  Ontario ReignAHL9 3 03 16|        
 2019-2020 Los Angeles KingsNHL65 6 511 39|        
 2020-2021 Los Angeles KingsNHL- - -- -|        

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