Draft Prospect to Watch: Zachary Senyshyn


Zach Senyshyn was playing his official rookie year with the Soo Greyhounds this season. He had played in 4 games in the season prior, but that isn’t enough to declare a full season in the OHL. His play, however, was similar to one of a sophomore. Senyshyn played with the same intensity, but also the same skill as one of a second year player in the OHL.

Senyshyn plays quickly and is always on his toes. He isn’t afraid to get into battles and surprisingly can hold his own against bigger opponents. He is fast and uses that to his advantage. Zachary has the hands to use on offense and on defense as well.

With his skating ability and toughness Senyshyn could become a successful middle 6 forward in the NHL. Despite being ranked inside the top 30 in Central Scouting’s final rankings many people are still overlooking or fail to spot this unique prospect. Why? Playing on an OHL team like the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds shadows Senyshyn a bit.

With names like Anthony DeAngelo, Nick Ritchie, Darnell Nurse, and Justin Bailey playing on the same team it can be very easy to forget about a player like Senyshyn, who doesn’t put a ton of points on the scoreboard. However, he will get you to notice him, whether it be a good or bad or bad situation.

Another reason that Zachary Senyshyn isn’t noticed very often is player usage. Todd Cordell posted some tracking numbers after the Greyhounds 7-5 loss against the Erie Otters on Tuesday that showed Zach Senyshyn’s zone starts. He is mostly starting out in the neutral or defensive zone due to his bottom six role with the absurdly talented team the Greyhounds have. Zach Senyshyn still had great zone entries and was far above par in shot attempt differentials.

Senyshyn is ranked #28th by ISS Scouting. Previously unranked to start the year, Zachary has done a good job to make his presence felt during his draft eligible year. Central Scouting Services had him 56th in their midterm rankings but now Senyshyn has made his way all the way up to 38th ranked among North American skaters.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Senyshyn went in the first round in June. At the same time it also wouldn’t be surprising if he slipped towards the 2nd round either. There is a lot of talent in the first round that can help a team right away. Senyshyn could take a couple of years to make an impact.