Ty Ronning

Aaron Vickers

Ronning, the son of former NHLer Cliff, is an offensive-minded forward just like his father. He is an explosive, wide-based skater who is able to quickly drive lanes and exploit mistakes on the ice. When he sees an opening, he uses his powerful first step to turn on the jets and jump to the attack, showing a great compete level around loose pucks. He complements this speed and shiftiness with great hands and solid intelligence. Ronning is a slippery player who can operate with the puck at high speed. He is able to move the puck from side to side in an electric and elusive manner that makes it hard to strip the puck. He does a great job of recognizing his role in the offensive zone. Ronning sets up a lot from the half wall and into the corner, either making a pass and then driving hard to the net, or taking the puck himself. He knows how to bring defensemen in before dishing off and opening up space for teammates. Despite his lack of size and strength, Ronning is not afraid to go to the hard areas of the ice and uses his low center of gravity to slip off checks and free himself. He is able to get into the tough areas in front of the net to get some hard, quick wrist shots on net. He does not show the strength to be an impact player along the wall, but has the quickness and stick skill to create opportunities down low. Ronning has defensive issues that will need considerable attention, as he is pretty one-dimensional at this point in development. He has the compete level of a ravenous Chihuahua, but unfortunately, also the same strength.  (May 2016)