Tyler Steenbergen

by Keith Duggan on March 7, 2018



Tyler Steenbergen, C

Shoots: L

Height: 5-10

Weight: 188

Born: 1998-1-07

Hometown:  Sylvan Lake, Alberta Canada

Drafted:2017 by Arizona Coyotes, fifth-round, 128th overall








March 2018- In a nonsurprising move, the Coyotes have announced that they have signed Steenbergen to his entry-level contract. He's slowed somewhat from his video game numbers Steenbergen was posting in the beginning of this season but his stats are still impressive. He's currently sixth in the WHL in points with 98, tied for fifth in goals (44) and is tied for sixth in assists (54). All this while missing a chunk of time playing for Canada at the WJC, where he had the game-winning goal in the gold medal game. Keith Duggan

January 2018- Playing as Canada's 13th forward, Steenbergen didn't see a lot of ice time during the World Junior Championship. But during the gold medal game against Sweden he made a lasting impression on hockey fans. Playing a team-low 3:17 of ice time after two periods, Steenbergen came through when it mattered most, scoring the game-winner off a deflection from defenseman Connor Timmins long pass with just 1:40 left to break a 1-1 tie. Despite missing time at the WJC, he still leads the WHL in goals with 35 in just 27 games. Keith Duggan

December 2017- In the midst of a amazing offensive season, Steenbergen has now made Canada's squad for the 2018 World Junior Championship. Not invited to the summer selection camp, he earned his opportunity with his early season success. Steenbergen currently leads the WHL and all of the CHL in goals with 35, along with 61 points in just 27 games. Keth Duggan

November 2017- As the WHL season continues so does Steenbergen's run of tearing up the league. His point totals are now up to a whopping 28 goals and 49 points in just 18 games. That's a 2.72 points per game pace right now along with a amazing seven goals and 14 points in his last four contests. What seemed very unlikely just a few months ago now looks like Canada will have to take a serious look at Steenbergen for the 2018 World Junior Championship. Keith Duggan

October 2017- Steenbergen has started the 2017-18 season on absolute fire, putting up video game like numbers so far. He currently leads the WHL in several offensive categories including a whopping 13 goals and 19 points in just six games. Steenbergen has been named CHL Player of the week ending Oct. 1st after he put up six goals and nine points in just two games. He's showing that last year was not a fluke and should be taken seriously as a NHL prospect. Keith Duggan

September 2017 - In a crowded pool of A-level and B-level forward prospects in the Arizona Coyotes system, Tyler Steenbergen could be easily overshadowed by some big names, though not by much any fault of his own. The fifth-round-pick in his second year of draft eligibility appears to be a wise risk for the Coyotes, who have the luxury of taking some extra risk on their offensive draft picks. His skating and edgework drive and sustain the Broncos offense. If given the open-ice opportunity, Steenburgen's footspeed and soft hands can be dangerous. While this development may be coming a year late, the fact remains that with a medium-sized frame, NHL potential is evident. Brayden Olafson

August 2017- After getting passed over in the 2016 draft, a good way to get scouts to notice you would be tying for the WHL goal scoring lead with 51 goals the next season. That’s exactly what Tyler Steenbergen did in 2016-17 and it worked as the Coyotes took a flyer on him grabbing the center in the fifth round. Racking up 51 goals and 90 points is attention grabbing numbers but it also raises questions, mainly why didn’t he do it in his draft season? In 2015-16 Steenbergen put up 46 points and was considered a long shot to be drafted. But he played for a defensive coach in Mark Lamb that season and didn’t see much power play time. In 2016-17, Steenbergen played for head coach Emmanuel (Manny) Viveiros, who plays a much more offensive up-and-down system that has led to more scoring chances. He also got a ton of power play time and responded scoring 37% of his goals on the man advantage. Steenbergen benefited from having more talented teammates last season in Swift Current, mainly Panthers second-rounder Aleksi Heponiemi. So, the million-dollar question is can he do it again in 2017-18 and more importantly at the pro level? Steenbergen is an excellent shooter, highlighted by his wrist shot, which is hard and accurate, along with being a strong skater. His biggest knocks are size and playing a defensive game. Despite being under six-feet, Steenbergen isn’t afraid to go into the dirty area’s though and will take a hit to make a play. Many scouts have his upside as a bottom-six player in the NHL but Steenbergen does have offensive potential and could be more.  At this point he’s considered a sleeper and is worth taking a chance on in later rounds in fantasy drafts. Keith Duggan

Fantasy Outlook: C

Anyone who scores 51 goals in the WHL is a player you should keep an eye on. Has sleeper written all over him….or he could be one of those players who racks up the points in juniors but never translates to the next level. Steenbergen is worth a late round pick in fantasy prospect drafts though.




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