I’ve developed a real soft spot for all the Marlies, particularly over the last couple of years. It’s been really interesting watching players like Zach Hyman work their way up through the minor leagues and into the big leagues. I was glad to see Hyman rank in the Top 20 Prospects, he deserved it.
|Jeff||Ryan H.||Shawn||Ryan F.||Adam||Dom||Jess||Katy||Readers|
Hyman was unranked in our 2015 rankings and an honourable mention in our 2015 mid-term.
|C/W||Toronto, ON||6’0||234||Right||Toronto Marlies||Trade (Jun 2015)|
|2008-09||16||Hamilton Red Wings||OJHL||49||13||24||37||8.05||24|
|2009-10||17||Hamilton Red Wings||CCHL||49||35||40||75||16.32||30||17|
|2010-11||18||Hamilton Red Wings||OJHL||43||42||60||102||25.29||24|
|2011-12||19||Univ. of Michigan||NCAA||41||2||7||9||6.3||12||-2|
|2012-13||20||Univ. of Michigan||NCAA||38||4||5||9||6.79||8||-2|
|2013-14||21||Univ. of Michigan||NCAA||35||7||10||17||13.94||12||-1|
|2014-15||22||Univ. of Michigan||NCAA||37||22||32||54||41.89||10||24|
|2015-16||23||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||16||4||2||6||30.75||18||0|
Last year was a roller coaster for the entire Leafs organisation. But through it all, the Marlies were a high point. By that virtue, Hyman was one of the high points of the Marlies. He didn’t have William Nylander or Nikita Soshnikov’s flair, but he was still a vital part of the team. And his stats show that, 15 goals and 22 assists is a pretty solid effort.
|pGPSn||pGPSs||pGPS%||pGPS PPG||pGPS PP82||pGPSr|
|743 (1/18)||149 (1/18)||20.1% (13/18)||0.37 (17/18)||30.25 (17/18)||7.40 (15/18)|
- pGPSn: The number of matches between the subject and the player-seasons (one season by a single player, i.e, John Tavares 2008 OHL) in the historical sample.
- pGPSs: The number of statistical matches that became NHL regulars. This is determined by playing 200 NHL games.
- pGPS%: Simply s divided by n, this is the percentage of statistical matches that successfully became NHL players.
- pGPS PPG: The NHL points per game of successful matches.
- pGPS P82: The same as pGPS PPG, but stretched over 82 games.
- pGPSr: A bit of a hybrid number, this pGPS Rating combines the percentage and points per game to produce a number that includes both likelihood of success and potential upside.
Based on the success of his historical comparables, Hyman is projected to become a fourth-line forward.
To learn more about the Prospect Graduation Probabilities System, check out this post.
The Eye Test
One of the things I noticed about Zach Hyman was how much I didn’t notice him. Yeah, I know. Makes no sense. But stay with me. I noticed William Nylander, I noticed Nikita Soshnikov, everything about their play is flashy and showy and larger than life. Zach Hyman, though, just kept popping up, unobtrusive but constant. Ready with the assist, ready with the goal, ready to dig the puck out of the corners.
From James Mirtle’s Globe and Mail article – University of Michigan Coach, Red Berenson…
“It’s not just that they’re from privileged backgrounds. There are some kids that just expect things to be handed to them because that’s how they’ve been brought up. That’s the thing about Zach Hyman. He’s from a privileged background, but he doesn’t act like that. When he shows up at the rink, he works hard. He’s a low-maintenance player. He’s a coach’s player. He’s going to play a blue-collar game, even though when he walks into the rink, he may not look like a blue-collar person.”
Hyman plays a solid game. There’s that word again. His stats are decent, he moves the puck well, he’s willing to go hard into the corners. For all intents and purposes, Hyman is willing to do anything it takes, and be anything a coach needs from him. And when you have an up and coming team of Nylanders, Soshnikovs, Matthewses, and Marners… sometimes a steadying presence like Zach Hyman is exactly what’s needed.
As Seen on TV
The 2015-16 season was the season of the call-up for the Leafs. Towards the end of the season, more than a few of the Marlies got called up for a shot at the NHL, just to see how they’d do. Hyman was one, getting called up to the Leafs to replace one of the (many) injured forwards, and playing 16 games. He scored four goals and two assists in those games, making his performance… Here’s that word again… solid.
He wasn’t always considered so dependable, though. In his time with the Hamilton Red Wings, before moving onto the University of Michigan, Hyman considered himself a scoring forward. He scored 102 points with the Red Wings, but then completely fell off the radar in his college years.
“[University of Michigan coach] Red said, if you’re not scoring, you’d better be doing something else,” said Hyman, the power winger. “I started working on the something else.”
And it appears ‘working on something else’ has worked for him.
When it comes to the 2016-17 Toronto Maple Leafs, I can’t even begin to guess what’s going to happen, or what the lines are going to look like, or who is even going to be on the team besides the very obvious superstars. Hyman is on a two-way contract with the Leafs organisation. His cap hit (as per General Fanager) is $900,000. So ideally for me, Hyman does exactly what he did last year. He stays with the Marlies and gets called up to the Leafs as needed. At least for this season. In 2017-18, he’s an RFA, so… we’ll see.
I ranked him higher than the 13th he ended up falling, but I think its been established that I’m pretty biased towards the Marlies. Hyman is worth keeping, at least for now. He’s an affordable two-way player that does well in both the NHL and AHL.
Also, did you know he was a children’s book author? I didn’t until recently. But now, I’m pretty sure my nephews all need copies of Hockey Hero.
The Rankings So Far
- TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #14 Carl Grundstrom
- TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #15 Andrew Nielsen
- TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #16 Tobias Lindberg
- TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #17 Yegor Korshkov
- TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #18 Adam Brooks
- TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #19 Kasimir Kaskisuo
- TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: #20 Garret Sparks
- TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: 10 players who received no votes from us
- TLN Top 20 Prospects 2016: Honourable Mentions