BORN: April 10, 2003, Edmonton, Alta.
INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING SERVICES: No. 6
There is an inherent danger in comparing a teenage prospect to one of the greatest NHL goal-scorers of all-time. But when scouts watch Guenther play, they see some traits that are reminiscent of Alex Ovechkin. “What people don’t realize is Ovechkin is 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds,” said one scout. “Guenther won’t do what Ovechkin has done, but he really likes to set up on the power play, and then it’s just bombs away.”
What scouts have really liked about Guenther is how he’s added some texture to his arsenal, particularly on the defensive and playmaking aspects of the game. “Everybody knew he could score, but watching him this year, his timing has gotten better, his reads of the situations have gotten better, and he’s more mature,” said another scout.
“The way he scores has been rounded out. He’s getting more and more quality chances. And he’s showed more of a willingness to drive to the net this year. I don’t know if that’s because he’s bigger and stronger and a year older. He shot a little earlier last year, and this year he’s using his body to create scoring opportunities closer to the net.”