Toronto Maple Leafs select Ty Voit with the 153rd overall selection in the 2021 NHL Draft | Maple Leafs Hotstove - Maple Leafs Hot Stove
|Maple Leafs Hot Stove 24 Jul 2021 at 18:10|
Voit was not able to participate in OHL games this season with the cancelation of the season due to the Covid situation in the province of Ontario. In his rookie season in 2019-20, the Pittsburgh native tallied 28 points in 49 games for the Sting, who were by far the worst team in the Western Conference last year. That ranked him 15th among OHL rookies in points per game.
In June of 2021, Volt was able to participate in the PBHH Invitational Tournament hosted close to home in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he tallied three goals and six assists in 10 games. The tournament is a junior showcase highlighting talent from across the OHL, USHL, NAHL, and other leagues.
A skilled playmaker, Voit is described as having a competitiveness and courage that belie his size — 5’9, 161 — in terms of his willingness to play in the tough areas of the ice to produce offense, in addition to a strong work ethic over 200 feet. The bet here by the Leafs is that Voit’s sophomore OHL season would have been a breakout one offensively if it had proceeded as normal.
Big Ty Voit (TOR) fan — top-50 pick, imo. One of the CHL s best playmakers as a 16-year-old. Lots of standout elements: one-touch playmaking, constant deception, high pace, give-and-go mindset, chains together moves in motion. High uncertainty, but a potential homerun. pic.twitter.com/Tb7PcIudmj
Voit’s pre-draft rankings:
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Ty Voit is a small, speedy winger who has an excellent skating stride and is highly agile. His great edge work combined with good vision and spatial awareness allows him to maneuver around defensemen and generate scoring plays. Although Voit is undersized, his skating helps mitigates that concern, as he had no problem generating offense against bigger opponents.
While Voit’s 2019 stats don’t jump off the page, he played on the weakest team in the Western Conference, the Sarnia Sting, and was still one of the main offensive focal points on the team. Another positive quality in Voit’s game is his compete and eagerness to go up against bigger opponents in the slot and down low in the corner. He throws the body and is rarely overpowered by a larger opponent. While Voit’s shot release is dangerous at times, his playmaking ability and passing skill are stand out most in his game.
In Sarnia, Voit played on both special teams units, and his playmaking ability was on full display as he quarterbacked the power play or operated on the half-wall. On the penalty kill, he blocked shooting lanes and demonstrated an active stick to disrupt any cross-ice passes.
Defensively speaking, Voit backchecks hard and uses angles well to steer opponents outside, offsetting his lack of size. He rarely floats around or leaves the defensive zone early for an offensive rush. His burst of acceleration allows him to cover the point down to the crease with ease.
Projecting Voit as an NHL player includes looking at his size. However, so many areas of his game, including his skating, high-compete, and vision help mitigate that risk a little bit if he continues to add muscle and develops into his body.