The Rangers have selected LW William Cuylle of the Windsor Spitfires at #60.
They acquired the pick in exchange for Lias Andersson.
Cuylle is 6-3, 204.
On his game, Cullye said on the NHL Network “I hope to bring my size and strength and play a rough and tough physical game in NY. That is one of my big strengths and I think that is what is going to make me successful at the next level, playing physical and really taking it to every opponent that I can.”
Central Scouting compares him to Alex Killorn and says, “Powerful skater with good speed. Scoring threat with a heavy shot and quick release. Heavy on the body and on pursuit of pucks. Very strong puck protection and wall play. Excellent net front presence.”
On the NHL Network, Sam Costentino said “this guy is a big rig, no question about it. He comes into the league as a 16-year old and puts up 26 goals and figured, ‘hey, I might be able to do that again with Trevor Letowski’s team.’ Well, he struggled off the start, a little bit of puck luck but really struggled to find the scoresheet and he’s trying to identify what he would be, how you can still impact the game without doing what you do best and that is scoring goals. He went through this trial period of ‘what can I do to be better.” The one that where he needs to find consistency is in that physical game. When he plays mad and looking for the big hit, not pulling himself out of position to do it, but when he plays with a physical edge, a lot of times the offense seems to follow that. If you are just trying to be a goal scorer and you are Will Cuylle, that is not likely to be the thing. It does come naturally to him but not at that high level, so let’s get going with the physical, be a north/south guy, use that speed and physicality, show everyone you are a beast out there, that will buy us some space. When he gets the puck, he can really shoot it, he can play that physical, power forward game. He needs to find consistency.”
The Hockey News wrote that his “best case” was San Jose’s Evander Kane. A scout said to The Hockey News, “I had high expectations for him this season, and he hasn’t really met them. Having said that, he might be a bit of a throwback in the way he plays. The fight at the Top Prospects opened some eyes, and he was physical, so I could see guys pushing him towards a power forward role. Coming into the season, I saw him as a scoreer. Is it still there?”
McKeen’s writes “he plays through defenders and not around them. He is also a skilled big man, with soft hands and a powerful wrist shot that gives him high-end potential as a goal scorer. Additionally, Cuylle shows well as a defensive player at times, with a high IQ in the neutral and defensive zones. Attributes aside, consistency is currently an issue.”