Tyler Graovac

Tyler Graovac (born April 27, 1993) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing with Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Graovac was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the 7th round (191st overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.[1]

Tyler Graovac
Tyler Graovac Iowa.jpg
Graovac with the Iowa Wild in 2014
Born (1993-04-27) April 27, 1993 (age 28)
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Dinamo Minsk
Minnesota Wild
Washington Capitals
Vancouver Canucks
NHL Draft 191st overall, 2011
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2013–present

Playing careerEdit

Graovac played four seasons of major junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Ottawa 67's and Belleville Bulls, registering a total of 58 goals, 72 assists, and 76 penalty minutes, in 228 OHL games. He was recognized for his outstanding play when, following his final year, he was awarded the William Hanley Trophy as the OHL's most sportsmanlike player,[2] and was further honoured when he was named 2012–13 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Sportsman of the Year.[3]

On April 2, 2013, the Minnesota Wild signed Graovac to a three-year, two-way entry-level contract worth $750,000.[4]

In the 2014–15 season, his second professional season, Graovac made his NHL debut with the Wild on December 29, 2014 against the Winnipeg Jets.[5]

On October 5, 2016, he was placed on waivers by the Wild.[6]

On June 14, 2017, he was traded by the Wild to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.[7] Graovac opened the 2017–18 season on the Capitals roster, however appeared in just 5 scoreless games before he was waived and reassigned to AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears for the remainder of the season.

On July 1, 2018, having left the Capitals as a free agent, Graovac was signed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames.[8] In the 2018–19 season, Graovac played exclusively with the Flames' AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat. In 65 games with the Heat, he led the team with 24 goals, finishing second in points with 50.

Unable to earn a recall with the Flames, Graovac left as a free agent at the conclusion of his contract. On July 1, 2019, Graovac agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with fellow Canadian club, the Vancouver Canucks.[9] Following the Canucks training camp, Graovac was sent to their AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets. He was recalled to the Canucks on November 13.[10] Graovac scored two goals in eight games with the Canucks before leaving a December 1 game against the Edmonton Oilers due to a long-term lower-body injury.[11]

On December 13, 2020, the Vancouver Canucks re-signed Graovac to a one-year, two-way contract.[12] After attending the Canucks training camp, Graovac was initially assigned to the Utica Comets. On January 20, 2021, Graovac was re-assigned by the Canucks to the Winnipeg Jets AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, due to shorter quarantine recall regulations.[13] He contributed with 9 points in as many games with the Moose before returning to the Canucks and contributing with 3 goals and 4 points in 14 games.

As a free agent from the Canucks, Graovac left the NHL and signed his first contract abroad in agreeing to a one-year deal with Belarusian based club, HC Dinamo Minsk of the KHL, on July 26, 2021.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Ottawa 67's OHL 52 2 7 9 17 12 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Ottawa 67's OHL 66 10 11 21 10
2011–12 Ottawa 67's OHL 50 8 19 27 31 18 4 6 10 12
2012–13 Ottawa 67's OHL 30 21 14 35 8
2012–13 Belleville Bulls OHL 30 17 21 38 10 15 6 16 22 17
2013–14 Iowa Wild AHL 64 13 12 25 29
2014–15 Iowa Wild AHL 73 21 25 46 26
2014–15 Minnesota Wild NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Minnesota Wild NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Iowa Wild AHL 39 5 11 16 20
2016–17 Iowa Wild AHL 26 10 5 15 15
2016–17 Minnesota Wild NHL 52 7 2 9 10
2017–18 Washington Capitals NHL 5 0 0 0 2
2017–18 Hershey Bears AHL 53 12 17 29 12
2018–19 Stockton Heat AHL 65 24 26 50 37
2019–20 Utica Comets AHL 11 2 1 3 2
2019–20 Vancouver Canucks NHL 8 2 0 2 2
2020–21 Manitoba Moose AHL 9 2 7 9 0
2020–21 Vancouver Canucks NHL 14 3 1 4 6
NHL totals 84 12 3 15 20

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
OHL
William Hanley Trophy - Most Sportsmanlike Player 2012–13 [15]
CHL Sportsman of the Year 2012–13 [16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Could Tyler Graovac be the next great coup by the Minnesota Wild?". State of Hockey News. April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre - Graovac Most Sportsmanlike
  3. ^ "Graovac named CHL Sportsman of the Year". Brampton Guardian. March 1, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  4. ^ "Wild Sign Tyler Graovac To ELC". Hockey Wilderness.com. April 2, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "Granlund undergoes wrist surgery; Graovac's NHL debut; Bigtime message to Haula; Hackett on waivers and lots more". Minnesota Star Tribune. December 29, 2014. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  6. ^ "#mnwild has assigned Jordan Schroeder, Alex Tuch, Kurtis Gabriel and Hunter Warner to @iawild and placed Tyler Graovac on waivers". Twitter.com. October 5, 2016. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  7. ^ "Capitals acquire Tyler Graovac from Minnesota". Washington Capitals. June 14, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  8. ^ "Flames sign Graovac, Quine". Calgary Flames. July 1, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  9. ^ "Canucks sign center Tyler Graovac". Vancouver Canucks. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  10. ^ "Canucks recall MacEwen & Graovac". NHL.com. November 13, 2019. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  11. ^ "Oilers 3, Canucks 2: No margin for error against the dynamic duo". The Province. December 1, 2019. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  12. ^ "Canucks sign Graovac". Vancouver Canucks. December 13, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  13. ^ "Canucks enter player loan agreement with Manitoba Moose". Vancouver Canucks. January 20, 2021. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
  14. ^ "Canadian forward Tyler Graovac joins Dinamo" (in Russian). HC Dinamo Minsk. July 26, 2021. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
  15. ^ "OHL Network - Bulls' Graovac Most Sportsmanlike Player". Ontario Hockey League. April 1, 2013. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  16. ^ "Graovac named FRAM CHL Sportsman of the Year". Belleville Bulls. April 1, 2013. Retrieved April 1, 2013.

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