Left Wing/Center/Right Wing
US National U18 Team/USDP & USNTDP Juniors/USHL
Related: Filip Mesar
Jimmy Snuggerud had a solid 2020-21 campaign with the USNTDP U17 squad, scoring 15 goals and 17 assists in 45 games, but didn’t begin his draft year with the same level of acclaim as some of his fellow draft hopefuls from the program. Through the early part of the 2021-22 season, however, he has been one of the biggest offensive contributors on the U18 team with three goals and seven assists through his first seven games, and his name is beginning to climb up draft boards. Snuggerud is committed to the University of Minnesota where he will begin his collegiate career in 2022-23. Snuggerud projects to be a late first or early second-round pick in the 2022 Draft.
Physical Play Great
Offensive Play Great
Defensive Play Good
Hockey Sense Great
- Plays a hard-driving, powerful game that combines strength, skill, and speed.
- His wrist shot is a dangerous weapon that he can use to beat goaltenders from distance and around the net.
- Does well to drive the middle lane and create space while positioning himself at the net-front.
Areas of Improvement
- Puck skills are average at best.
- Is improving on his passing, but is not elite yet.
At 6’2/185, Jimmy Snuggerud skates quite well for his size and can beat defenders off the rush. He generates speed through the neutral zone, carries the puck out in front of his body to keep his options open, and can handle the puck skillfully at full speed. He protects the puck well, keeping defenders on his back as he gets into scoring areas, and when he doesn’t have possession, he does well to drive the middle lane and create space while positioning himself at the net-front. In addition to his wrist shot, Snuggerud’s heavy one-timer makes him a threat from the half-wall with the man advantage. He drifts in and out of space, readying himself for a shooting opportunity, and get’s all of his weight into the shot. On top of his goal-scoring prowess, he has become a more effective distributor as well. Snuggerud already possesses several pro-level scoring traits and has the potential to develop into a multi-faceted offensive weapon in the NHL. Jimmy Snuggerud is comparable to Corey Perry, who was a well-round power forward in the NHL for a long time. While I don’t see Snuggerud being nearly as good a player as Corey Perry in his prime, I think the two are comparable in play style. Snuggerud has the potential to develop into an effective goal scorer at the NHL level.
Skill: Powerful offensive weapon with great size and an array of deadly shots
NHL Comparison: Corey Perry
NHL Potential: Top 6 Goal-Scoring, Power forward
|2020-21||US National U17 Team||USDP||45||15||32|
|2021-22||US National U18 Team||USDP||37||16||41|