Tobias Rieder is perhaps the victim of high expectations after his career year in junior (2011-12). This season, he remains a solid 2-way player used by his junior team in all three disciplines, but his offense is well off the pace.
TOBIAS RIEDER ONE YEAR AGO (OHL)
- Evens 11-12: 60, 26-19-45 .750
- PP 11-12: 60, 9-22-31 .517
- PK 11-12: 60, 7-2-9 .150
- OVERALL 11-12: 60, 42-43-85 1.417
TOBIAS REIDER THIS SEASON (OHL)
- Evens 12-13: 27, 5-3-8 .296
- PP 12-13: 27, 3-11-14 .519
- PK 12-13: 27, 1-0-1 .037
- OVERALL: 27, 9-14-23 .852
The powerplay and PK numbers are good to great, in fact Rieder is being used in all three disciplines and that’s a trigger for this blog to embrace a prospect. The EV number is a huge concern, though. Last season, Rieder was 16 points ahead of the next closest Ranger–and finished 5th in goals and tied for 9th in points. And remember, this isn’t the outback league or tier 2, this is the O-freaking-H-L. Great, great junior league. This season? Tied for 61st in OHL points.
Summer 2012: #8
Winter 2012: #13
- Redline:Undersized, but exceptionally smart playmaking winger with excellent offensive instincts and creativity. Has decent speed, but lacks the explosive first step burst and acceleration you’d like to see in a player his size. Super soft hands and slick with the puck in tight; can create separation with sharp cuts/turns. Sees the ice very well and can saucer touch passes through traffic off either side of the blade. Makes imaginative set-ups, often surpassing his mates with unexpected plays. Average shot, but has good finishing ability from the circles in with a quick release he hides well. Anticipates developing plays, stepping in to intercept passes and start quick counterattacks in transition. Desperately needs to pack on muscle – lost weight during the season and was out of gas from January on. Not afraid to go into the corners and will take hits, but can’t battle effectively.
- Kirk Luedeke: German winger Tobias Rieder is the second of Kitchener’s sublime import duo, and may well be the best player to ever come out of that country when all is said and done. The speedy and ultra-skilled forward showed no transition struggles and has been a crucial element in keeping Kitchener’s high-octane offense going, especially with the loss of 50-goal man Jeff Skinner to the Carolina Hurricanes. We’re not saying Rieder is the next Skinner (he’s got similar size and can really fly; doesn’t have quite the sublime hands/hockey sense though), but he’s one heck of a scoring talent, and hockey is in his blood. This is a kid who is absolutely driven to be in the NHL one day, and based on early returns, he’s going to get there.
- The Scouting Report: There was high praise for Rieder at the start of the year as the German born center/winger came over to Kitchener with fairly high expectations. After starting out the year at a pretty good pace, Rieder slowed down as the year progressed. He’s a little undersized but he definitely competes hard for his size and wears his heart on his sleeve on the ice. Didn’t have a great showing during the World Juniors but by the 3rd or 4th round, he’ll be a decent prospect to see if he can continue to develop his offensive game over the next couple of seasons.
- ISS: The smaller German sniper struggled with a shoulder injury during the World-U18 and was held to 3 games played, but managed to tally 3 goals. Rieder is a strong offensive player, with two-way potential. He has a very good well rounded skill set but excels as the shooter in the offensive end. Voted Rangers Rookie of the Year, finished 9th in scoring among rookies in the OHL. Rieder production slipped after he slipped down the depth chart when D’Amigo arrived.
- Age 17 68, 31-33-64 .941ppg
- Age 18 68, 36-46-82 1.206ppg
- Age 19 68, 19-45-64 .941ppg
- Age 17 65, 23-26-49 .754ppg
- Age 18 60, 42-43-85 1.417ppg
- Age 19 27, 9-14-23 .852ppg
And of course it is also amazing they were selected in just about the same spot: Reddox (4th round, 112th overall in 2004) and Rieder (4th round, 114th overall in 2011). Reddox played in 100 NHL games, and must be considered a draft success by any standards. Should Rieder play 100 NHL games, we should consider it to be as successful.
#13 ranked prospects on December lists:
- December 2004: C Jesse Niinimaki
- December 2005: C Jonas Almtorp
- December 2006: D Bryan Young
- December 2007: L Liam Reddox
- December 2008: L Slava Trukhno
- December 2009: L Phil Cornet
- December 2010: C Ryan Martindale
- December 2011: L Tobias Rieder
- December 2012: L Tobias Rieder
Tobias Rieder is listed as 5.11, 190–that’s not big for an NHL winger but he isn’t small-scale either–and he clearly has a nice range of skills. I think the young man got the absolute most out of his 2011-12 season and this year is perhaps more along the lines of what we should expect. I am concerned about his even strength numbers, but it is also unfair to take a 25 game snapshot and call it a complete set. I’m impressed with his assist total on the PP two years running–he is 11th in PP assists this season, and was 8th a year ago. Is it the Ryan Murphy effect? We’ll find out.
Tobias Rieder is not having a strong season compared to last year, but he remains a solid NHL prospect.