Team: Nick Pierre
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Fantasy Summary

Small but elusive forward who shows intelligence working off the puck. Long-term project who displays some translatable tools.


Observations

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July 2022 – Pierre went unselected in the 2022 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

June 2022 – After notching just one goal in 22 games during his first season with the Muskateers, Pierre took a notable step forward in his second season, finishing with 17 goals and 16 assists in 60 games. Those totals may not jump off the page to most viewers, but Pierre displays a versatile skill set along with above-average skating ability that gives him a shot of blossoming with further development.

While not a burner, Pierre possesses good speed and edge work and frequently beats defenders wide while displaying a willingness to take the puck to the net. His shot is not overpowering, but he does demonstrate a shooting mentality and consistently finds open areas of the ice where he is in good shooting position. Pierre compensates for his slight frame by displaying excellent play recognition, allowing him to effectively forecheck and contribute more defensively than your average 5-9, 175-pound forward would be expected to. It is this same play recognition and awareness that allows Pierre to capitalize on loose puck retrievals, a skill that is one of his biggest strengths when looking at his overall profile. While Pierre primarily played left wing during the 2021-22 season, he frequently displays the defensive traits and mindset of a center by recognizing danger in the slot during defensive zone sequences and effectively shading towards the top of the slot when required.

Pierre will face the same challenges other undersized forwards looking to reach the NHL face, where size and strength can be the difference between winning and losing important battles. However, while Pierre doesn’t demonstrate a ton of physicality as his slight frame might suggest, he is consistently competitive on the forecheck and reads the play well enough to create turnovers and provide serviceable defensive value relative to his size. Pierre is committed to the University of Wisconsin for the 2022-23 season, a decision that should bode well for his development as he continues to refine his offensive ability. All in all, his draft profile is that of a typical mid to late-round project who could carve out a middle-six role in the NHL should his development continue to progress. Christopher Horvat

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 9, 2004
Height 5‘9”
Weight 174 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2017-2018 Hill-Murray SchoolUSHS-MN8 8 311 2|Playoffs5 2 24
 2018-2019 Team MAP South Hockey UMHSEHL20 1 89 8|Playoffs3 0 00
  Hill-Murray SchoolUSHS-MN19 4 1115 4|Playoffs3 0 00
  East Coast Selects O U15WSI U159 6 410 0|        
 2019-2020 B15 - District 8 MNHP-153 4 15 -|        
  Team Navy USA-S154 3 47 0|        
  Team MAP South Hockey UMHSEHL18 9 1726 8|        
  Hill-Murray SchoolUSHS-MN25