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Fantasy Summary

Solid two-way defender with untapped offensive upside that could see him blossom into an effective NHL blue liner. Smooth skater who utilizes good gap control and an active stick when defending in transition


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April 2022 – Whynot is currently injured. To date, in the QMJHL with the Halifax Mooseheads, he has scored four goals and 13 assists in 43 games played. Chris Fekete

 

July 2021 – Whynot was selected in the third round, 89th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2021 NHL Draft. Dave Hall

 

April 2021 – Whynot has been a key player for the Mooseheads in his draft year, playing regularly on both special teams units and averaging over 22 minutes per game. He has been fairly productive as well, coming in just behind 2021 first-round pick Justin Barron in scoring among Moosheads defenders.

Whynot fits the mold of a modern day, two-way defender with his smooth skating stride and ability to defend in transition. He appears more rangy than his height would suggest, employing a long stride to cover lots of ice in a short time and using his good reach to break up plays on the defensive side of the puck. That reach is one of his greatest tools when defending oncoming puck carriers, using his stick to angle and guide opponents wide where he is able to disrupt the play or force a low danger shot attempt. He plays a tight gap and likes to smother breakout options in the neutral zone, shutting down passing lanes proactively. He is able to be aggressive defending in transition because of his ability to recover on the occasions when he gets beat or makes a poor read, utilizing good edge work to complete quick pivots and skate with attackers. In my viewings of Whynot, he has been a very efficient passer who makes quick decisions to turn play in his team’s favor in short order. Perhaps the most underappreciated parts of his game are his spatial awareness and off-puck reads in the offensive zone. Whynot displays a strong understanding of not only where he needs to be, but where he needs to go, and can cause problems for defensive zone coverages with the way he activates inside the offensive blue line, pulsing in and out of space to create passing lanes. The most notable concern I have with Whynot’s game is that he isn’t overly assertive using his body to box out in front of his net or win board battles, but he is still quite proficient coming away with contested pucks. He will have to continue to add strength as he develops but Whynot has the mobility and defensive instincts that will make him enticing to NHL teams on draft day. Nick Richard

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 5.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 5, 2003
Height 6‘1”
Weight 180 lbs
Drafted 2021 Round 3; Overall: 89

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2015-2016 Valley Wildcats U15NSU15MHL31 4 1014 36|        
 2016-2017 Valley Wildcats U15NSU15MHL31 11 2031 22|Playoffs2 0 11
  Team Nova Scotia U14 (ACC)ACC-U145 1 67 10|        
 2017-2018 Valley Wildcats U18NSU18MHL23 5 1318 28|Playoffs2 1 01
  Team Nova Scotia U15 (ACC)ACC-U155 1 12 2|        
 2018-2019 Valley Wildcats U18NSU18MHL35 13 2740 93|        
  Team Nova Scotia CWG6 1 01 0|