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Scouting Report written by Josh Tessler
Ty Voit is a 2021 NHL Draft eligible prospect, who hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In his youth hockey days, he played for the Pittsburgh Aviators (an organization in the Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League). Following his time with the Aviators, he played for the Florida Alliance 13U AAA club, the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 14U club and the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 15U club. During his time with the Penguins, he played alongside fellow 2021 NHL Draft eligible prospect Colby Saganiuk.
Once the 2018-2019 season concluded, Voit was selected in both the 2019 USHL Futures Draft and the 2019 OHL Priority Selection Draft. The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders selected Voit with their ninth overall pick in the USHL Futures Draft and the Sarnia Sting selected him with their 89th pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection Draft. Voit decided to go play in the OHL instead of the USHL and joined the Sting for their 2019-2020 season.
His 2019-2020 OHL season was a shortened one due to COVID-19, but Voit still appeared in 49 games and recorded eight goals and 20 assists. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic and the lack of loan options overseas, Voit didn’t play in any league games for his 2020-2021 campaign. But, he did enter into the PBHH Invitational Tournament that was held in Erie, Pennsylvania. In 10 games at the tournament, Voit recorded three goals, four primary assists and two secondary assists.
Voit is represented by the Orr Hockey Group alongside two other 2021 NHL Draft eligible prospects in Simon Motew of the Kitchener Rangers and Olivier Nadeau of the Shawinigan Cataractes.
D.O.B – June 10, 2003
Nationality – USA
Draft Eligibility – 2021
Weight –161 lbs
Position – Center/Left Wing
Handedness – Right
Voit’s Style Of Play
Voit can be a pest for goaltenders down low. He loves going net-front, drawing the goaltender to one side, wrapping around him and finding a gap to exploit for a goal. The Pittsburgh native generates a lot of tip-in goals. Voit will constantly look for rebounds to capitalize on. At net-front, he will find defensive gaps for his teammates to exploit with a well-timed pass. He will look to tip the puck into the back of the net immediately after grabbing a hold of the pass.
If you are looking for a flashy passer, Voit is your guy. He is lot of fun with his passing ability. Voit will execute saucer passes off the face-off draw. He has great aim with his saucer passing and can generate sufficient height with his saucer to avoid turnovers and interceptions. Not only will he execute saucer pass in off the draw situations, but he will skate to one side of the offensive zone, draw multiple attackers with him and float a cross-ice saucer pass to his teammate in medium danger for a primary assist.
As mentioned in the last paragraph, he does an excellent job of drawing in attackers with his puck manipulation. He’ll pull a 180 degree turn with the puck, face the neutral zone instead of the goaltender, lures defenders to him, his teammate cuts left and Voit throws a pass through his legs to the teammate. Voit will manipulate defenders by playing the puck out in front of him, draws the defender in and then he will swing the puck around the right to dance around attack
If he’s facing pressure along the perimeter and a teammate is bursting into the zone, he will complete a well-timed lateral pass to his teammate. His pass has a quick release and he can fire on a dime. When facing pressure in the slot and he is skating in line with a teammate, he can complete a backhand pass with the toe of his stick-blade. That allows Voit to play the puck as far out as possible to avoid the attacker who is skating up on his side.
When on the forecheck, he will go down low to fight for the puck and battle, but he doesn’t have the true necessary upper body strength to throw his body and grab a hold of the puck. If he’s still at a distance but on the forecheck, he will extend his stick towards the puck carrier’s back instead of the puck. Ultimately, he will do an excellent job aligning himself to the puck carrier on the forecheck, but he will struggle to grab possession of the puck.
When his team doesn’t have possession of the puck and he’s not actively forechecking, he will skate towards the puck, stop on a dime and backwards skate with the puck in view.
Voit possesses excellent speed when hunting for loose pucks in the offensive zone. If the loose puck is at the blue-line and he’s drawn attackers, he will skate out of the offensive zone and neutral zone to the defensive zone to find an open defender.
From a stick-handling perspective, he will struggle with puck security and will bobble pucks a decent amount when extending his stick out. Voit needs to be cautious about playing the puck towards the toe of his stick-blade.
In the defensive zone, Voit will drop to the face-off hashmarks when there are puck battles in the defensive zone corner and offers passing lanes for his defenders to utilize once they grab a hold of the puck. In general, he will hover along the boards in the defensive zone from the point to the perimeter as he looks to keep the attack in low danger.
While he will struggle with puck security in the offensive zone, he does possess good reach to grab a hold onto breakout passes. that went slightly too far to his right.
When Voit wasn’t expecting a defensive zone breakout pass and turned at the moment when the puck was coming to him, he placed his skates horizontally parallel to each other to stop the puck with his skates instead of his stick-blade. That allows him to net possession of the puck without having a his stick-blade trap the puck.
At the point, he’ll skate up to the puck carrying defender, put his stick blade in front of the attacker and force rash decision making.
Voit plays a very high tempo game. Uses lateral crossovers to skate along the boards with the attack facing him and garner necessary acceleration to drive towards the net. Voit will also use lateral crossovers for acceleration when seeing an opponent lose possession of the puck and the puck becomes rather loose in the corner. That allows Voit to get to loose pucks with ease. He has very mobile, quality edges and crossovers. He deploys good pivots and edges both inside and outside edges to stay toe-to-toe on the forecheck. Voit can complete tight turns with ease as he deploying crisp outside edges.
When you look at his skate extensions, his knee is over the toes of his skates and that allows him to generate explosive speed and synchronized skate extensions. But, you will see Voit struggle with his skate extensions if he tries to extend his stick further out to grab a pass that went slightly wide.
In transition, Voit likes to carry the puck in, use lateral crossovers to enter the zone as a F1 and play the puck along his left side facing the attacker instead of playing the puck along the boards. He loves to power his transitional play with crossovers after crossovers and has excellent puck security (when he doesn’t extend the puck too far out) while coming into the offensive zone as a F1.
When he does extend the puck further out, you will see Voit place the puck at the toe of his stick-blade and that means that he is more vulnerable to turnovers.
While he does have some issues with stick-handling, in general, he is a deceptive stick-handler in the neutral zone. Voit will play the puck towards the half-wall, draw the attacker in, when the attack gets close to him, he swings around the attacker.
Voit will draw attackers in while in transition, when he gets to centered ice and he’s drawn multiple attackers, he will look to make a lateral pass to his teammate and his teammate will carry the puck in. This allows Voit to draw the attack away from his teammate and allow this teammate to skate into the offensive zone cleanly.
Like in the defensive zone, Voit has excellent reach to catch pucks that are going slightly wide of him and then carrying the puck into the offensive zone as a F1.
If he doesn’t have possession of the puck in the neutral zone, Voit loves finding open space along the offensive blue-line, giving his teammates a cross-ice passing lane, motoring into the offensive zone as a F1, wind-milling at net-front, drawing the goaltender off and scoring.
From a defensive perspective, when there are two attackers playing the puck in the neutral zone and they are close to each other, Voit will look to trap them and box them in with his defenders.
Top 9 Forward (NHL).
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