Smart, dynamic offensive defenseman with some sound skating foundations and an accurate shot. Could become a top-four blue-liner with power-play upside.
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May 2022 – Although Kyrou is the oldest ranked prospect in the 2022 NHL Draft, he’s got a lot of runway to grow his game and make his already-promising offensive involvement even more effective. His 18 goals and 42 assists in 68 games for the Erie Otters place him third on the entire team in scoring. He finished second among all OHL draft-eligible blue-liners behind Pavel Mintyukov for points, and first for goals.
Kyrou’s aggressive shooting mindset doesn’t come at the detriment of his teammates; when he feels that there’s a better passing option available or an opportunity to give and go, he takes it. His skating is fluid, his execution speed and accuracy are refined, and he shows some great flashes of defensive ability as well. His breakout game is intelligent and efficient as well, hinting at a high hockey IQ. The only major knock on his game is that he can get caught up-ice and be left scrambling back to prevent an odd-man rush. If he can refine that element of his game, there’s a slim chance he ends up as a top-pair guy, and a realistic chance of him being a regular top-four defenseman. Hadi Kalakeche
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