2023 Draft Prospect Profile: Andrew Cristall

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Andrew Cristall is a highly-touted prospect in the upcoming 2023 NHL draft. The Vancouver native is a dynamic forward with excellent speed, agility, and puckhandling skills. He is praised for his ability to create scoring opportunities and his willingness to drive to the net. While there are still areas for him to improve on, Cristall has the potential to become a star at the NHL level.

Andrew Cristall has been ranked as high as 6th by The Hockey News. However, not everyone agrees that he should be at the top end of the first round:

Ranked #13 by Inside The Rink

Ranked #8 by EliteProspects.com

Ranked #16 by Daily Faceoff

Ranked #6 by The Hockey News

Ranked #18 by TSN/ Bob McKenzie

Ranked #15 by NHL Central Scouting

Playing Style

Cristall’s playing style is defined by his speed and agility. He is a quick skater who can blow by defenders with ease. His puckhandling skills are also a major asset, as he can make quick moves and change directions on a dime. Cristall is a dynamic offensive player who can score goals and set up his teammates with his passing skills. He is a true playmaker who can create opportunities out of nothing.

What makes Cristall stand out is his strong defensive play and willingness to backcheck. He is not content to just be an offensive threat and works hard to help out on the defensive end. This two-way ability will be a major asset to any NHL team that drafts him.


Cristall’s strengths are numerous. As previously mentioned, his speed and agility are major assets. He has a quick first step and can get up to top speed in a hurry. Cristall’s puckhandling skills are also a major strength. He can make moves that leave defenders spinning and can change direction quickly to evade pressure.

Cristall’s offensive instincts are also a major strength. He is a natural scorer who has a nose for the net. Cristall is able to find open spaces and create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates. His ability to set up his teammates with his passing skills is also impressive.

Defensively, Cristall is a strong back checker who is willing to compete for loose pucks. He is not afraid to get involved physically and will use his body to gain an advantage.


While Cristall is a dynamic player, there are still areas for him to improve. One area of improvement could be his consistency. While he is capable of dominating games, there are times when he can disappear from the scoresheet. Cristall could work on being a more consistent offensive threat.

Another area for improvement could be his decision-making with the puck. While Cristall has great offensive instincts, there are times when he can force plays and turn the puck over. He could work on being more patient and making smarter decisions with the puck.

Finally, Cristall could stand to add more size and strength to his frame. While he is not small by any means, adding more muscle could help him compete physically at the NHL level.


Overall, Andrew Cristall has the potential to become a star at the NHL level. He has all the tools necessary to succeed, and his work ethic and dedication to the sport are impressive. Cristall’s two-way ability and dynamic offensive skills make him an attractive prospect for any NHL team looking for a high-scoring forward.

While there are areas for him to improve, Cristall’s strengths far outweigh his weaknesses. With the right coaching and development, he has the potential to become one of the top players in the league.

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