– Peyton Krebs –
Kootenay Ice (WHL) | Left Wing/Center | 2019 NHL Draft Eligible
Okotoks, Alberta, Canada | January 26, 2001 | 5-foot-11, 181-pounds
Peyton Krebs was the 1st overall pick in a stacked 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, and remains the top player of the 2001-born group from the ‘Dub’ two years later. Piling up 17 goals and 54 points over 67 games for the Ice last year, Krebs was often the most dangerous forward on an improving Kootenay team. His point totals led all U17 players in the WHL in ’17-18.
Krebs is a primarily a playmaker in the offensive zone, but also boasts a very responsible two-way game. In August, Krebs qiuckly became a leader for Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Cup, both on and off the ice, in pursuit of a gold medal.
- Two-Way Play
Peyton Krebs is a five-tool player who can burn opponents in all assets of the game. Offensively, he is a gifted playmaker who can stick handle in a phone booth and dish passes through all kinds of traffic. He reaches impressive top speeds and utilizes great edgework to remain agile at all times.
Krebs can also reliably play down the middle, back-checking hard to support his defencemen and using a smart stick to take away passing lanes and break up plays. He showcases tremendous awareness at both ends of the ice through his ability to find teammates as well as to position himself in the most effective area.
- Dynamic Scoring Ability
While Peyton Krebs’ 17 goals are nothing to turn your head at, he certainly has room to improve in his innate goal-scoring ability. As earlier mentioned, Krebs is a pass-first type of player, due to his excellent vision which allows his to see passing lanes that others cannot.
With that said, Krebs’ shot is not yet powerful enough to be regarded as elite. Perhaps with the added strength that will come with continued training, his shot will get there, but at this time, it remains an area for improvement. In any case, as Kootenay continues to build a stronger roster for 2018-19, it would be a safe bet to assume his goal totals will increase significantly this year.
Peyton Krebs forecasts as a potential top-line winger at the NHL level. While his defensive game is strong enough to play center, he’s likely better suited to stick on the wing to maximize his offensive potential. Comparables include Brayden Point and Josh Bailey. Heading into the ’18-19 season, Krebs projects to be a Top-5 pick at the 2019 NHL Draft.