Doug Westcott

Fantasy Summary

A forward with a tremendous motor, Sawchyn has a strong identity as a player and projects very well as a future bottom-six fan favourite.


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July 2023 – Sawchyn was ranked as high as 13th (Elite Prospects) and low as 90th (Hockey News), so perhaps it is not surprising that he slipped on draft day. Most outlets viewed him as a late-first or early-second round pick—the consensus was 32nd overall—however, so Florida definitely lucked out snagging Sawchyn down at 63rd. Part of what made him a difficult read was that he played for a stacked Seattle Thunderbirds team that featured a whopping 14 NHL prospects, including Dylan Guenther (ARI), Brad Lambert (WPG), and Kevin Korchinski (CHI), and finished the year as the WHL champions. His point-per-game performance (58 points in 58 games) was solid but not as eye-catching as many other players drafted in the first round. He will return to Seattle next year while those big three and likely some others will depart, so pencil him in for a more prominent role and imminent production spike in 2023-24. Sawchyn has a Samoskevich-like skill-set that features high-end puckhandling (Elite Prospects score: 7), passing (6.5), and hockey sense (6.5), as well as competent skating (5), shot (5), and above-average physicality (6). For reference, a score of 5 indicates NHL average, so Sawchyn boasts excellent tools across the board without the typical gaps and question marks that accompany later picks. While not a huge guy (5-11, 165lbs), he is constantly hounding the puck, harassing opponents, and battling in the corners. With possession, he is poised and deceptive, routinely battling and squirting out of pressure just in time to fire a quick pass to an open teammate. He will need to bulk up to handle the intensity of the NHL, but a couple years from now he could become a middle-six playmaker who elevates his linemates, provides some scoring punch, and fills any role required of him. Ben Gehrels

June 2023 – Sawchyn, who surprisingly dropped, was selected 63rd overall by the Panthers. Pat Quinn

February 2023 – Sawchyn is a forward with tremendous pace and intensity. One of the strongest forecheckers in the WHL already, he’s also able to create upon forcing turnovers. His release and his playmaking are both slightly above average, and he has a penchant for dirty goals around the crease. He has some good habits that will help his projection to the pro game, including establishing inside positioning, driving the middle lane, and keeping his stick on the ice. His handling skill falters a bit at high speeds, which is something he will need to rectify to remain a valuable puck carrier through the neutral zone at the next level. He may not have concrete top-six potential barring significant tool development, but his intensity and awareness make him a safe bet to bring a ton of value in a bottom-six role in the NHL and he will undoubtedly win the hearts of fans with his style of play. Sebastian High

April 2023 – Gracyn Sawchyn drew the unfavourable role as a draft-eligible of playing 3C for the stacked Seattle Thunderbirds. Nevertheless, Sawchyn was still able to have a very productive season, finishing a point-per-game with 18 goals and 40 assists. Offensively, Sawchyn plays well off the cycle, where he can make use of his great hands and puck protection to play his inside-driven game. Sawchyn has a high motor, which despite not being very big, makes him an adept checker in all three zones, fishing pucks off the boards in the offensive zone and disrupting plays in the neutral zone. His skill, checking ability and pro habits should earn Sawchyn a long look at the next level. Luke Sweeney

Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth January 19, 2005
Height 5‘11”
Weight 165 lbs
Drafted 2023 Round 2; Overall: 63


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Team Brick Alberta Brick Invitational6 2 13 0|Playoffs1 0 00
 2016-2017 West Coast Selects U12WSI U129 8 412 4|        
 2017-2018 West Coast Selects U13WSI U137 13 417 -|        
 2018-2019 MN Lakers 14U AAAMNHP 14U16 8 1018 0|        
  Chaska/Chanhassen Bantam AA14U AA- - -- -|        
 2019-2020 Shattuck St. Mary's 14U AAA14U AAA54 32 5183 61|        
 2020-2021 Shattuck St. Mary's 16U AAA16U AAA47 14 4660 58|        
 2021-2022 U.S. National U17 TeamNTDP52 10 2333 62|        
  USNTDP JuniorsUSHL35 8 1422 50|        
 2022-2023 Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL58 18 4058 68|Playoffs17 3 811
  Seattle ThunderbirdsMemorial Cup5 0 00 2|        
 2023-2024 Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL17 6 1521 13|        
  Edmonton Oil KingsWHL37 13 3043 31|        
 2024-2025 Edmonton Oil KingsWHL- - -- -|