Undersized but tenacious defender with good puck-moving ability. Strong skating ability helps to make up for size limitations.
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January 2022 – After spending three seasons with Compuware at the AAA level, Tyler Duke began suiting up for the USNTDP U17s where he showed off his offensive capabilities, tallying 25 points in 44 games with his points primarily coming from assists (22). This season, Duke has seen his numbers regress a tad as he has only accumulated eight points through 27 contests. His numbers are not what they were last year but he is still a reliable offensive threat for the NTDP on the blue line and has been continuing his solid play.
Duke is another small offensive defenceman coming up from the USNTDP pipeline that keeps on giving and he brings some familiar characteristics as well. While he may find himself overshadowed by some of the other offensively gifted NTDP defencemen on his team, he is a very talented puck distributor and is capable of making strong plays with the puck. He is a good puck carrier and sees the ice well with his head constantly on a swivel. He brings the puck up the ice with confidence and his skating ability allows him to quickly jump up into the offensive zone, forcing the defense back on their heels. He is mobile and has good vision which enables him to quarterback a powerplay, and keep the opposition pinned down at even strength. His decision-making with the puck could stand to improve a little and that would increase his effectiveness on the offensive side of things, but he is still a solid playmaker from the point who can rack up assists. He is known to make a risky pinch from time to time and gets caught as a result, so defensive decision-making can improve as well, but he has the skating ability to quickly react and recover from it. In his own zone, he does well to scan the area around him for any threats and shows good awareness in his defensive positioning, and despite his height disadvantage, he does well to compete physically as he has some weight behind him to go along with his tenacity on the puck. With some defensive improvement and a little more patience on the puck, Duke’s game could take a big leap forward and teams will take notice. He currently projects to be a mid to late second-round pick in the upcoming 2022 NHL Draft. Alexander Annun
|2013-2014||Team Pennsylvania||Brick Invitational||6||2||2||4||6||||
|2015-2016||Belle Tire||QC Int PW||6||2||3||5||4||||
|2016-2017||Belle Tire 13U AAA||T1EHL 13U||5||1||1||2||2||||
|Pro Hockey Selects 2 U14||WSI U14||8||2||0||2||2||||
|2017-2018||Compuware 14U AAA||HPHL 14U||20||3||8||11||10||||
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|2018-2019||Compuware 16U AAA||HPHL 16U||19||2||5||7||14||||
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