Medicine Hat, AB – After reaching career highs this season, Medicine Hat Tigers forward Ryan Chyzowski looks to continue improving his craft.
Chyzowski spent the summer between his 16-year-old and 17-year-old seasons focusing on improving his skating which paid off as he scored 21 goals and picked up 31 assists for 52 points in 72 regular season games played. He also contributed five points (4G, 1A) in six games during the 2018 WHL playoffs.
“Going into my 18-year-old season, I plan on focusing mostly on my strength this summer by working hard at the gym,” said Chyzowski.
The 18-year-old Kamloops, BC native hopes that by increasing his strength he will continue to improve his skating.
Improving for next season will not be the only thing on his mind this summer. In April, Chyzowski was ranked 95th among North American Skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings. He moved up 65 spots from his midterm scouting report ranking in January. Although he was not invited to the NHL Scouting Combine, he did receive an invitation from an NHL team to attend a fitness testing camp.
Being drafted into the NHL is a stepping stone for many young hockey players aspiring to play professionally.
“The thought of one-day playing pro hockey pushes me every day to work my hardest and enjoy doing it so that one day I could do the thing I love while getting paid to do it,” said Chyzowski.
Chyzowski is the son of the former professional hockey player, Dave Chyzowski who was drafted second overall in the 1989 NHL draft by the New York Islanders. The young Chyzowski believes he benefitted by having a father who played professionally.
“Ever since I was born, I was always around hockey. My only memories of my dad playing were when he played over in Europe but even then, I would get to go in his team’s dressing room all the time, hang out with the players so I’ve really felt comfortable in a team environment from a very young age before I even played.”
Having a father whose footsteps he can follow in has been advantageous to Chyzowski since his dad has been in every situation Chyzowski has or will face. His father has been able to provide guidance and relate to Chyzowski mentally, physically, good, or bad. This allowed Chyzowski the opportunity to make what he believes is the right decisions and to be able to prepare for what’s to come.
The NHL Draft will be held on June 22 to 23, 2018, at the American Airlines Centre in Dallas, Texas. All the first round picks of the 56th NHL Entry Draft will be announced Friday with the subsequent rounds announced Saturday. Chyzowski is among 16 Tigers eligible for this year’s draft.