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Fantasy Summary

A gifted offensive winger with great puck skills and a quick release. Needs to get stronger but has top-six upside at the NHL level.


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July 2022 – Howard has been selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the 31st overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

December 2021 – Howard spent most of last season with the U17 team and lit up the scoreboard to the tune of 27 goals and 27 assists in just 34 games. His exceptional play earned him 17 games with the U18 team and he scored above a point per game there as well. He has carried that over as a full-time member of the U18 team this season and leads the team in scoring through the early part of the season. Nick Richard

September 2021 – After spending two years lighting it up at Minnesota’s renowned Shattuck St. Mary’s, “Ike” Howard spent the 2020-21 season with the USNTDP U17 and U18 teams before participating in the U18 World Championships. USA was knocked out in the quarterfinals of the tournament but Howard had four points through five games. Howard posted stellar numbers with the U17s, scoring 27 goals and 27 assists in just 34 games. His play was good enough to earn a call up to the U18 team for the remainder of the season where he saw continued success. Tallying another five goals and 14 assists for 19 points in 17 games, Howard capped off an explosive draft-1 season. Howard will play for the USNTDP’s U18 team once again in 2021-22 before beginning his collegiate career at Minnesota-Duluth in 2022-23.

Isaac Howard is another American player in this draft that will be looking to prove himself worthy of being a top-10 selection in the 2022 NHL draft. After a successful first year with the program, Howard will be looking to take another step forward this season and there is no reason why he shouldn’t be able to. Howard is a very offensively gifted winger and offers a well-rounded skillset that makes him supremely dangerous. He is a strong skater with a great first step, displays good agility, and loves to drive at the opposition. He offers great playmaking skills and poses a scoring threat each time he has the puck. Howard does well to use his puck skills to open up shooting lanes or change the angle of the shooting lane which makes him difficult to get a read on. He has a shoot-first mentality but is not selfish and uses his vision and passing skills to find open teammates. He has a good motor and is aggressive on the forecheck, and though he sometimes lacks intensity in his own end, he does show good instincts and capabilities on defense. His puck skills are high-end and he is not afraid to try creative dekes at full speed during the course of play. His transitional play is impressive as he uses his speed and ability to read the ice, attacking weak areas to receive the puck or to allow other players to drift into the space he opened up. Howard is a dynamic offensive player with great speed and puck skills who has the potential to blossom into a productive first line winger in the NHL. Alexander Annun

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 30, 2004
Height 5‘10”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted 2022 Round 1; Overall: 31

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Team Minnesota Brick Invitational6 2 13 4|        
 2018-2019 Shattuck St. Mary's 14U AAA14U AAA53 49 2978 6|        
  Minnesota Blades Selects U15WSI U158 9 413 2|        
  MN Kings 15U AAAMNBEL 14U14 17 1431 -|        
 2019-2020 Team Royal USA-S154 2 46 0|        
  Shattuck St. Mary's 16U AAA16U AAA38 31 3364 6|        
  USA U16 YOG4 7 07 4|        
 2020-2021