Team: Mathew Ward
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Fantasy Summary

Undersized but tenacious forward with good mobility. Will need to add strength to his frame but he could eventually grow into an energy player with some offensive upside at the pro level.


Observations

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July 2022 – Ward was passed over in his first year of draft eligibility. He will return to the WHL for the 2022-23 season. Nick Richard

May 2022 – While Ward is undersized, he still plays a more physical, gritty type of game than most players under 5-10 will play, and can make an offensive impact most nights. One thing that immediately sticks out is Ward’s skating ability as he can maneuver around the ice without much hassle. It is his edgework and quick, efficient strides that power Ward around the ice, allowing him to pressure defenders on the forecheck or get open for his teammates to find him. Because of this ability, he plays fairly well away from the puck, doing his best to maintain good positioning in the defensive zone, anticipating well, and closing up passing lanes. His lack of a reach and physical presence offers more space for passing and skating around him and Ward