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Kyle Kim

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5’11

155lbs

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Written by: David Ciss

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A complete defender with an emphasis on his defensive game, Kyle Kim is one of the more underrated 2005-born prospects. While he has never been one to dazzle offensively, Kim does possess a rather raw and untapped offensive skill set. He is a good skater with a long stride and great technique however he could benefit from getting quicker. He does a good job deceiving opposing players by being able to change direction quickly and effortlessly. As a two-way defender, Kim focuses most of his attention on being a solid presence defensively and making sure that he is usually the last man back.

 

Trying to get the puck past Kim is not an easy task. You're better off trying to find a pass and will have more of a chance to retrieve the puck from a dump-and-chase rather than from beating Kim 1v1. He plays a very smart game when challenged on the rush. He doesn’t bite on a play and knows when he should challenge attackers or leave them for his d-partner while he focuses on the open side of the ice to stop any players from getting high-danger chances. He typically positions himself in front of his goaltender working hard to block shots and use his body to push opposing players off the puck. When he loses a battle, he follows his man as long as it is safe to so. He shines using his stick and physicality to outmuscle the opposition and get the puck out of their control. 

 

If Kim adds a bit more muscle and works on his quickness, he could be a highly touted blue-liner at the next level. He is a top-60 caliber pick however, he is expected to be a mid-to-late round pick for the 2021 OHL Entry Draft as he will likely play hockey in the U.S. instead of joining the major junior ranks.

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