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Fantasy Summary

A skilled winger who wants the puck on his stick and knows what to do with it. He breaks down defensive schemes on the fly and attacks their weaknesses.


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March 2022- To no one’s surprise, Arizona’s top prospect, Dylan Guenther, is having an excellent campaign for Edmonton in the WHL. He’s currently sixth in scoring with 70 points in 46 games, along with his 36 goals third right now. Which is even more impressive since he missed a portion of the season while away with Canada at the WJC (two assists in as many games), which ended up being postponed and rescheduled for this summer. He also jumped on the highlight reels after scoring a “Michigan” style goal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj-ZE7dZOGw against the Saskatoon Blades to complete a hat-trick (he finished the game with four goals). Keith Duggan

October 2021- Despite shining in Coyotes Rookie Faceoff Tournament and early preseason action, Guenther was returned to Edmonton of the WHL. Arizona has stressed they will not be rushing prospects during their current rebuild and kept to that plan. He had four goals in three rookie tournament games and then two points in as many preseason contests. The 2021 first-rounder looked as though he definitely could have contributed to what will be a weak Arizona lineup this campaign. Expect a big offensive year from Guenther in the WHL and to suit up for Canada at the 2022 WJC. Keith Duggan

September 2021- The Coyotes have signed their first-round pick to an entry-level contract. Even though Guenther has the skill to make the Coyotes this campaign, he probably spends at least one more season in the WHL. Keith Duggan

July 2021 – Guenther was selected in the first round, 9th overall by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2021 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

July 2021 – Guenther made everyone take notice this season as he finished with 12 goals and 24 points in just 12 games. He is a volume shooter whose finishing instincts help him find positioning in smart areas around the net. His skating is an asset that will become even more of a weapon as he gets physically stronger. Guenther is not likely to wow you with highlight-reel puck skills but he is a well-rounded offensive player who knows what makes him effective. He uses his strong read/react abilities to make smart plays, create space, and generate consistent offensive chances for his team. He is not an elite playmaker but he does a great job of finding teammates in the net-front area with which, in combination with his one-timer and general shooting ability, makes him a great asset on the power play. Guenther has the potential to be a long-term top-six forward in the NHL and since this draft is pretty wide open, do not be surprised if he goes anywhere from second to 15th overall. Jameson Ewasiuk

March 2021 – It’s safe to say that Guenther is excited to be back on the ice with the Edmonton Oil Kings as the young winger currently leads the WHL in scoring with 15 points in just six games to start the year. He has been a wizard on the powerplay, showing off his high-end one-timer and deceptive passing ability. He has been able to find teammates for backdoor tap-ins or in high-danger areas because his show has become such a threat and draws attention. After almost a year without game action outside of a short stint in the AJHL that only lasted a few games before COVID shut the season down there as well, Guenther has made his mark on this young WHL season helping pump his draft stock publically. If there was any question that he was the top draft-eligible prospect from the WHL, he has answered it emphatically. Solidifying himself as a top-10 prospect, his rise could continue right into the conversation at the top of the draft. Tony Ferrari

November 2020 – Dylan Guenther is currently playing with the Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) on a loan while he waits for WHL training camp with the Edmonton Oil Kings. He plays the game with a boatload of skill, smarts, and pace. He has a bit of a lanky frame but at 6’1″, he should fill out as he matures physically. The areas of weakness in his game are few and far between. His defensive game was decent as a 16-year-old last season with most of his issues coming from a lack of strength or getting a bit overeager and chasing the puck carrier. If he can reign things in a bit, he could be a very good defensive winger because he has all of the tools to stay agile and effective defensively. He is very efficient in transition, scanning the ice and identifying skating paths and openings to exploit. He is a good skater who has a quick first step and can look eerily calm with the puck on his stick. He does need to up the pace a bit but he gets around fine for now. He has the hands and puck skills to weave through the opposition regardless of what zone they are in. He has dangled his way out of trouble in his own zone to start a breakout and deked defenders below the goal line to set up his teammates for an excellent scoring chance. His offensive game is well-rounded and opportunistic. His ability to read defenses like an NFL quarterback and attack them at their weak points is special. He understands what the opponents want to do and forces them to do the opposite. His passing is silky smooth and his shot pops off his stick in an instant, picking corners. Guenther has the ability to finish in tight with crafty hands and instant elevation of the puck or score from distance by concealing his shooting intentions until it’s too late. He has some positions;l versatility and can play center in a pinch but he is the rare winger who can drive play and make his teammates better without having to play the pivot position. The Oil Kings forward should be a top-10 pick if all goes well this season and depending on how well it goes, he could be in the conversation for number one by season’s end. Tony Ferrari 

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country CAN
Position RW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth April 10, 2003
Height 6‘2”
Weight 175 lbs
Drafted 2021 Round 1; Overall: 9

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Team Brick Alberta Brick Invitational6 2 02 2|        
 2015-2016 Edmonton Jr. OilersQC Int PW3 0 00 0|        
 2016-2017 KC Squires U15 AAAAEHL U1534 34 2054 20|Playoffs2 2 13
 2017-2018 Northern Alberta Xtreme U15 PrepCSSHL U1530 56 47103 22|Playoffs4 2 46
  Northern Alberta Xtreme U16 PrepCSSHL U163 1 23 2|        
  Northern Alberta Xtreme U15 PrepJohn Reid Bantam6 8 715 4|