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Prospect Update: Tyson Hinds
By Thomas Harrington
A third round pick from 2021, defenseman Tyson Hinds completed his third season in the QMJHL this past season, playing for both Rimouski Oceanic and Sherbrooke Phoenix. The Ducks had used their third round selection in 2021 to select Sasha Pastujov. However, Anaheim also wanted Hinds, so they sent their 2022 third round pick to Montreal for their 2021 third round pick, and the Ducks selected Hinds 76th overall.
Hinds started the season playing for Rimouski before his trade to Sherbrooke. Hinds was traded for a younger defenseman, a 2023 first round pick, a 2022 second round pick, and a 2023 third round pick. With the Oceanic, he played in 23 games and scored five goals and 16 points, almost mirroring the six goals and 15 points in 23 games he had with them the year before. With Sherbrooke, he played in 38 games and scored seven goals and 19 points. The Phoenix made the playoffs, and Hinds played in all 11 games and scored a goal and four points. His 12 goals in the regular season were tied for 11th among all defensemen in the QMJHL.
Hinds will be back in the QMJHL for at least one more season, once again playing for Sherbrooke. Being on the Phoenix from the start of the year means he’ll be able to go through a full training camp with his team and be with them for the entire year. Hopefully that will lead to him having an even better season.
For what will probably be Hinds’ final season of junior hockey, I have a couple of expectations for him. First, for him to have over 40 points with Sherbrooke. He had 35 points with his two teams last year, and I’d like to see him better those numbers. Second, for his overall defensive game to improve.
Hinds is a good prospect who can play well at both ends of the ice. However, he doesn’t have any elite level talents. He’s big, standing at 6’3” and has a physical element to his game as well. If he makes the NHL, it will likely be as a bottom pairing player. If his offense can really come around and his overall game improves, he could become a second pairing player who sees time on a team’s second powerplay unit.
Hinds is still a number of years away from the NHL. Even with Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson gone, the Ducks have more than enough depth at the NHL, AHL, and junior and college levels that Hinds doesn’t need to rush. He has another year of juniors ahead of him, and then he’ll get time in San Diego as well. The earliest I think we’ll see him in an Anaheim uniform is the 2024-2025 season, but I think it’s more likely the season after that where he may see time with the Ducks.
Hinds is currently unsigned, and Anaheim holds his rights until next summer. Given that Anaheim traded a pick to get him, I expect them to sign him and have him turn pro in the 2023-2024 season with the Gulls. Depending on when his season in the QMJHL ends, he may even join them at the end of this coming season on an ATO.
The next prospect update will be on Ian Moore.
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September 22nd, 2022