2015 NHL Draft Profiles: Zachary Senyshyn

Zachary Senyshyn – 6’2, 192-pound right winger from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)


Zachary Senyshyn Rankings

  • #39 by ISS Hockey
  • #40 by Bob McKenzie
  • #38 by NHL Central Scouting
  • #42 by Future Considerations

Zachary Senyshyn’s Scouting Report provided by Brock Otten of OHL Prospects.

Zachary Senyshyn Strengths

  • At 6’2 (and likely still growing an inch or two), Senyshyn is not just quick, he’s one of the OHL’s best skaters. He explodes down the wing, needing only a few steps to hit full speed.
  • He’s not a perimeter player, either. He uses that speed to drive the net, generating not only a lot of scoring chances for himself, but for his line mates, too. As he gets stronger, I’d expect him to develop even more of a power game.
  • I also expect his two-way game to develop to the point where his speed can be used as an asset defensively and on the PK.
  • From McKeen’s Yearbook (buy here): Boasts an absolutely lethal shot – literally explodes off his stick, leaving goalies no time to react.

Zachary Senyshyn Criticisms

  • On paper, Senyshyn’s production this year was inconsistent, but I think that had more to do with wavering ice time on an incredibly deep Sault Ste. Marie club.
  • Senyshyn is still a raw player. His work without the puck offensively needs some improvement.
  • From McKeen’s Yearbook (buy here): Stickhandling repertoire is limited and he is most effective when he charges the net with reckless abandon. Possesses okay hands but struggles at times to handle passes.

The Verdict

  • It’s all about upside when it comes to Senyshyn. Size and speed on the wing is not the easiest thing to find in the draft. I do truly believe in his potential and I think he’s the perfect player for today’s NHL. When he gets more ice time and responsibility next year, I expect his game to really explode.
  • All it takes is one NHL team to really like you, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Senyshyn drafted in the 25-35 range.

Zachary Senyshyn Career Notes

  • Originally selected in the 3rd Round of the 2013 OHL Priority Draft.
  • Played the 2013-14 season with the Smiths Falls Bears of the CCHL, where he recorded 22 goals and 10 assists in 57 games played.
  • Ranked third by McKeen’s in their ‘Best Skater’ category behind only McDavid and Eichel.
  • Started working with Senators skating coach Mark Power at age 13.
  • Models his game after Matt Duchene.

Zachary Senyshyn: Experts Take

“I said it last month, will say it again, Zachary Senyshyn is the most under rated skater in this draft.”
– Sean Lafortune, McKeen’s

“Zach has taken a significant step ahead in his game and has been a very productive player despite not playing primary minutes. Skates well and can beat defenders 1-on-1 and with his size, can be difficult to deter. He has a determined approach and has the potential to really take his game to a higher level.”
– Craig Button, TSN

“He’s strong physically and works the boards and corners with tenacity, and is a direct, north-south skater with above average speed. Most important, now he’s hitting the scoresheet regularly – whether with his quick release, driving hard to net, or by picking up the garbage by being the last man standing in front of the opponent’s net. And on the defensive side of the game, he comes back just as hard as he forechecks. This kid right now is just getting better and better.”
– Kyle Woodlief, Redline Report / USA Today


Zachary Senyshyn Stats

SEASONTEAMLEAGUEGPGAPtsPIM+/-ÊÊÊÊPOSTGPGAPtsPIM+/-
2010-11Ottawa Senators Minor Bantam AAAOEMBHL282016368|Playoffs51012
2011-12Ottawa Senators Bantam AAAOEBHL201819378|Playoffs70222
2012-13Ottawa Senators Minor Midget AAAOEMMHL2722113321|Playoffs1166120
2013-14Smiths Falls BearsCCHL572210328|Playoffs1646100
Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL41120-1|
2014-15Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHL662619451730|Playoffs1443725

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