Prince George Cougars/WHL
Related: Riley Heidt
Koehn Ziemmer is a strong, pro-built winger, who plays with a power-forward mentality and is an elite shooter. He has a powerful shot and does well hunting open space in the offensive zone, but he is also a dextrous puck handler, who is able to create his own opportunities by beating defenders one on one. Besides possessing a lethal shot and scoring ability, he also has a great vision in the offensive zone and excels at setting up his teammates as well. Ziemmer’s game really took off this season with the Prince George Cougars, he already has 31 goals, 40 assists, and 71 points in 50 games; last season, he had 30 goals and 57 points in 68 games the whole season. He has added more explosiveness in his skating, which will make him an even greater offensive threat as he progresses toward being a top 6 forward at the NHL level.
With so much high-end offensive talent from the WHL this draft, it is easy to overlook Zimmer because there are at least 5 or 6 players from the WHL in this draft, and most teams would draft over him. However, if he continues to progress the way he has, he could be a late 1st round steal for some teams.
Skating Above Average
Physical Play Average
Offensive Play Great
Defensive Play Average
Hockey Sense Great
1. Dangerous goal scorer with a deceptive release and good puck skills.
2. Wrist shot is his bread and butter, as he doesn’t need much time to get a quick and hard wrister off.
3. excels at creating space for himself for a prime scoring opportunity.
Areas of Improvement
1. Is an Average Skater but has improved.
2. Lacks explosiveness and top gear in his game.
Last season, Ziemmer formed a strong one-two punch with fellow 2023 draft-eligible Riley Heidt. He led the Cougars with 30 goals in 68 games and finished just one point shy of Heidt for the team’s overall scoring lead. Both players have taken their production to another level so far this season, and Ziemmer has already scored 15 goals and 21 assists through Prince George’s first 25 games of the season. Ziemmer is a bonafide goal scorer who gets it done in a variety of ways but leans heavily on his release to beat goaltenders from prime scoring areas. His wrister is more deceptive than it is overwhelmingly powerful, and he keeps netminders guessing by changing his release angle. He can roll his wrists over to pull the puck closer to his body and still release it with good velocity. Ziemmer shows good anticipation in the offensive zone to find open space and position himself in dangerous scoring areas, where he needs little time to redirect a puck or finish a play with his slick hands in tight. Ziemmer is more than just a goal scorer; he is a capable playmaker and forechecker due to his combination of size and vision. He is a puck-hound, and constantly forces turnovers with his quick stick. There are some areas for Ziemmer to improve in the coming years, most notably his explosiveness and top gear but his goal-scoring instincts and abilities. My NHL comparison for Koehn Ziemmer is Timo Meier who is a consistent 30-goal scorer in the NHL, with a shot-first mentality. At this point of the season, he looks like a surefire first-round pick for the 2023 Draft and could develop into an impactful top-six scoring threat before long.
Skill: Dangerous goal scorer with a deceptive and heavy release
NHL Comparable: Timo Meier
NHL Potential: Top 6 Scoring Winger
|2021-22||Prince George Cougars||WHL||68||30||57|
|2022-23||Prince George Cougars||WHL||50||31||71|