LD Tyler Kleven - USNTDP, USHL (2020 Draft)

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    Big shutdown defenseman. Moves very well for a 6'4 defenseman and delivers punishing hits. Very good defensive game. Bland passing and offensive game, although this part of his game isn't a liability. I'm not sure about his draft range. I'd have no problem drafting this type of player top 10-15, but he won't bring enough outside the defensive zone to be higher than late first/early second in the opinion of some, unless he develops a much better offensive game. It could happen. Still two years until his draft.

    Tyler Kleven at eliteprospects.com
     
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    Still finding this hilarious. What sticks out about him is the never ending big boogers coming out of his nose. Dad played college hockey, I think...had a bad ankle.
    Good luck, Tyler!
     
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    Moved up today to the 18's. I think he'll be sent back when Warren and Fensore return, but I think midseason/towards the end of the season he'll be promoted for the rest of the season.
     
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    He didn't look out of place at all with the older team today.
     
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    Does he remind you of Mattias Samuelsson at all?

    I couldn't put my finger on it watching him, but I knew I had seen Kleven's style of play before, and I realized that he played similar to the big shutdown defenseman that just left the NTDP.
     
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    Yes, he does remind me of Samuelsson. He's a big, strong kid and skates fairly well. I haven't seen him make any glaring errors so far in the few games he's played here in Plymouth.
     
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    I see some Erik Johnson in him, at least that is what I hope he can turn into...
     
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    I posted this in the NTDP thread, but thought I'd repeat it here:

    Tyler Kleven is really beginning to blossom on defense for the U17's. He's been their best player the first two games of the Four Nations tournament being held this week at USA Hockey Arena. He's physical, can handle the puck and skate, and has shown a hard and heavy slap shot. Late in last night's game against the Swiss, he let a shot loose from the top of the left faceoff circle directly into the goalie, and you could tell it really rattled the netminder. The uniform number 43 must be a good luck charm for the U17's. The past three seasons it's been worn by Quinn Hughes, Jack Hughes and now Kleven.
     
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    I think I overestimated his ability with the puck. He can skate, but he provides absolutely no offense and isn't a great puck-mover either.

    He's very good defensively along with a very physical style of play and good skating. I still think he projects as a top 4 defensemen due to his defensive game, but he's almost a complete zero when his team has the puck.

    Looking like more of a late first round pick or early second.
     
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    Thanks for providing all these detailed updates on the 2020 US class.

    I remember a year or two ago that THN did a piece on him where he was projected as a top-5 pick for the 2020 draft. What changed about his game?
     
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    I don’t think anything changed.

    I think that he was projected to eventually add offense because he skates well, but that hasn’t happened. Compared to the last two “big defensemen” in recent years out of the program, Samuelsson and Vlasic, he has nowhere near the offensive game as Vlasic and he should’ve been projected to develop the offensive game of Samuelsson. So far, he hasn’t done that. He’s still a good player and the lack of offense doesn’t mean he’s a bad player, but it will limit his draft position.
     
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