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Scouting Report: Connor Lyons - Junior Hockey News

Published: Monday, 21 Jan 2013
By: Michael Gosnell

Tomorrow it is supposed to be zero degrees in Johnstown, PA, but right now, it is just as cold, so I will bring you my scouting report on Connor Lyons of the Michigan Warriors.

Lyons, a Davisburg, Mi native, is in his first season with the Warriors.

He was a fourth round draft pick of Michigan in the 2012 North American Hockey League Entry Draft after spending the 2011-12 season in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League with the Soo Eagles.

Lyons scored 14 goals and 19 assists in 47 games for the Soo and has brought that same production to the NAHL.

What impressed me about Lyons is his work ethic and speed. He is one of the fastest skaters on the Warriors and he can do an effective job of getting behind the opposing defenseman and beating them to loose pucks.

His work ethic is superb. In fact, his blue-collar approach to the game of hockey is the most impressive aspect of his game.

I personally love a player that is willing to pay the price for the betterment of the team and Lyons fits that description.

While not the biggest forward, he is listed at 5-9 and 180 pounds, he is not afraid to play the body.

Lyons was featured on the power play and penalty killing units, which speaks volumes on how much Moe Mantha trusts him.

He was also used in crunch time minutes and is a good shutdown winger.

In game one of the series, Lyons scored two goals, one of which came on the power play, the other an empty net. He also scored a snipe goal in game two.

His wrist shot is very accurate and he possesses an adequate slap shot.

This player has a sound two-way game, which college scouts will drool over. Coaches like a hard-working player who can score goals as well as defend properly and effectively.

As far as how he reads the game, his hockey sense is very polished. He made few mistakes and the mistakes he made during the weekend are coachable and nothing serious.

The biggest knock on him is his size and his consistency as far as scoring is concerned. I believe fully in Connor Lyons' ability to be a 20 goal or 25-goal scorer in the NAHL and his work ethic and tenacity could get him there.

This kid has the heart and determination to play hockey at the collegiate level.

Lyons could be a second line winger in college, but his defensive ability may land him on a third line shutdown role, which is not a bad spot to be.








Discuss:

posted Jan. 22nd, 2013 - 6:19am
Karen Walters Lyons says:
Good Morning Michael,
Thank you for taking the time writing such positive words regarding my son Connor along with all the players you write about. Very Much Appreciative!!!!!
Karen Lyons

posted Jan. 22nd, 2013 - 7:30am
Randy Russon says:
Michael,

You and I are definitely on the same page when it comes to Michigan Warriors left winger Connor Lyons.

I watched him play in the NOJHL with Soo Eagles last season and have followed his ascent this season as an NAHL rookie with the Warriors.

I profiled him in a Juniorhockey.com column dated Monday, November 19 2012, titled "Heart of a Lyons" and like you, I see a player who would be a key asset to a Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association program.

Your assessment and study of Connor Lyons is bang on as far as I am concerned.

Good work, man.

Regards,

Randy

posted Jan. 22nd, 2013 - 8:53am
Julie Lyons Kosovec says:
So glad to see hockey writers auch as Randy and Michael are seeing what we have known all along!

Connor is an amazing athelete with even more amazing sportsmanship qualities and dedication to the sport of hockey.

I wish him the best of luck, but I truly believe that with his work ethic, he won't need too much of it.

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