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Rangers Draft [LW] William Cuylle in 2nd Rd. (60th) Pick

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Name: William Cuylle

Position: LW

Shoots: L

Current Team: Windsor (OHL)



Elite Prospects Profile: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/537552/will-cuylle



Current Statistics

HockeyDB.com Page: https://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=216311

Team Player Page: https://windsorspitfires.com/players/8024



"I don't think I've seen him take a bad penalty," Joey Tenute of Central Scouting said. "He's a pretty honest player, finishes his checks, he's not targeting anyone. When he's got an opportunity, he's going to finish his man."


Cuylle said he uses physical power forwards like Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals, Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames as role models.


"Physical, skilled, can put the puck in the net, they can make plays, they're big and fast," he said. "Those are some guys that hopefully I can model my game after."


Tenute said there are other things to like about Cuylle, including an NHL-caliber shot and a 200-foot game.


"When you look at him off first glance, he looks like a pro," Tenute said. "He's a big guy, skates well, soft hands, heavy shot, nice release. And then when you watch him and you see his ability to be hard to play against, finish the body, and when he finishes the body guys are feeling it.


"He's a strong kid. He's got good habits at both ends of the ice, he's hard on pursuit. He plays a heavy game down low, good wall play. He's polished in the sense that he knows when he's the third guy in he's not going to run around, he's going be a responsible third guy high. And when the puck turns back the other way, he's backchecking hard. If he's first guy back, he knows how to play down low. He's got a good defensive awareness."


Link: https://www.nhl.com/news/2020-nhl-draft-profile-william-cuylle/c-316120656


Cuylle is one of the most naturally gifted one-touch scorers in this year's draft. Put the puck on his stick, and he'll do the rest. Cuylle is a technically gifted shooter. He's got so much upper-body strength on that 6-foot-2, 201-pound frame of his, and he puts it to good use generating quick-release wrist shots explode off his stick's blade.


Link: https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/537552/will-cuylle

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After scoring 26 goals as a 16-year-old in the OHL, Cuylle entered the season with a fair bit of hype. He didn’t have a great statistical season, mostly repeating his numbers from his underage season, but he did generate a lot of shots with 200 on goal in 62 games. Cuylle is appealing because he’s a 6-foot-3 winger who plays a powerful style and has a bullet of a shot. He will be able to score from the dots in the NHL because of how hard and accurate his shot is. He surprisingly didn’t have that high a shooting percentage this season, but also scored several very high quality goals, lending to the theory he may have been a little unlucky. He’s not reckless with his physicality, but he does throw his weight around and can create chances around the net. I debated between a 55 and a 60 for Cuylle’s hands. I saw flashes of 60 grade but not consistently enough. He’s a true playmaker and he’s not that quick, so I saw a lot of nights where it didn’t seem like he did much. He has a strong track record even if his point totals this season weren’t great. He has a lot of the tools you look for outside the skating and hockey IQ, and I think it’s enough to make it.


Trevor Letowski, coach of Windsor Spitfires, on Cuylle: “His shot jumps off his stick, it’s like a cannon. I haven’t seen many guys who can hammer it past goalies like he can.”



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