The Scouting Report:
Tanner Adams from Northport, New York, born on September 2nd, 2005, is a draft-eligible prospect for the 2023 NHL entry draft in Nashville. While he isn’t the most dynamic player on the ice, he put up a respectable point total with the Tri-City Storm in the 2022-23 season. Twelve goals and 21 assists for 33 points in 49 games isn’t terrible, Adams also complimented his stat line with 65 PIMS and a plus/minus of plus 13. The versatile forward is listed at 5’11” and 183 pounds, a decent size heading into the NHL. Adams is currently committed to Providence College in the NCAA for the 2023-24 season. Whether or not this affects his draft stock remains to be seen.
Related Page: 2023 NHL Draft – Nashville
Ranked #77 by Inside The Rink
Ranked #101 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
Ranked #70 by Smaht Scouting
Ranked #79 by Draft Prospects Hockey
Conrad Jack of Inside the Rink has Tanner Adams projected at 47th overall.
Tanner Adams is a toss-up. In my opinion, I think he can be a decent draft prospect in the second to the third round, but I’ve been wrong before. I don’t know really where Adams will go officially in this draft, but I do see a rebuilding team taking him to build towards the future.
Let’s take a look at Tanner Adams’ attributes and areas for improvement.
Tanner Adams doesn’t necessarily have a stand-out attribute, but his two-way game is probably where you see him stand out the most. He has relatively high point totals, but he shows that in all three zones, Adams is highly effective and works hard to keep himself in the play at all times.
Areas for Improvement:
I think Tanner Adams can improve his puck handling and his skating, he looks sloppy at times, but his natural hockey sense is what helps him out. Adams doesn’t shy away from carrying the puck up ice, he just doesn’t look as great as he could potentially be, especially when breaking out of the defensive zone.
I like Tanner Adams’ style of play, a smart hockey player who can improve in a few areas, is gritty, retrieves pucks well, and plays a complimentary style of play. I think Tanner Adams could make for a solid bottom-six forward in the NHL.
Tanner Adams is solid, with some areas to improve, teams that want a rough-and-tumble forward should look at players like Tanner Adams. He certainly has a natural ability for hockey, and he works hard to improve. The Providence College commitment makes his development path stronger and could potentially help him be a gem in this draft class.
Stats via Elite Prospects
Highlights via MyNHLDraft.com