Prospect Weekly: Tyler Weiss is taking his time

With all the recent Colorado Avalanche prospect headlines from the NCAA one forward in Tyler Weiss has gone under the radar. The University of Nebraska-Omaha sophomore has enjoyed an increased role and double the production from his freshman season good for 22 points in 33 games.

Weiss plays typically as a middle six left wing and operates on the left side of the wall on the first power play unit. The skill and creativity typical of USNTDP graduates shines in his game as Weiss routinely tries crafty little plays plus has the hands and vision to pull it off. It’s encouraging to see him involved in creating and facilitating offense much more this season.

While Weiss prefers to set up his teammates he has potted a few goals this season including this dramatic game winner over Colorado College seen below as he executes a perfect wrap around and surprised the goaltender. He currently has potted four goals this season but has been putting the puck on net with 68 shots on goal over those 33 games and just needs to find a little bit more finish.

No doubt Weiss’ bread and butter is his playmaking skills however as he leads the squad with 18 assists and is third in overall team scoring. An example of this is shown below as Weiss perfectly threads a rebound to his teammate for an easy score.

What’s next for Weiss is to finish up his final regular season weekend with Omaha and then head to the NCHC tournament. Omaha has enjoyed an improved season this year with their young roster with a record of 13-16-5 but will have to win out to get a NCAA tournament berth.

There isn’t much question that Weiss will go back to Omaha for another year or even two because he still needs to gain strength on his slight frame and to continue working on his defense. He could also improve his engagement and intensity especially on the puck and in battles as the Avalanche system emphasizes these traits. As a strong skater coming out of the USNTDP Weiss needs to use that to his advantage to add speed to his game at the college level. Good news is Weiss has plenty of time before turning pro and forcing a contract decision.

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Credit photo to UNO

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