Posted 301 days ago ago by Kendall Grayson
Kearney, NE. – Tri-City Storm forward Tyler Madden was selected 68th Overall in the 3rd Round of Saturday’s NHL Draft in Dallas, Texas by the Vancouver Canucks. With Vancouver’s selection, Madden became the 34th player in Storm history to be selected in the NHL Draft. Madden led Tri-City with 15 goals during the 2017-2018 season, and was named MVP for Team East in the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Kearney on January 9th.
Madden, 18, of Deerfield Beach, FL, finished his rookie season in the USHL with the Storm after being acquired in a trade with Central Illinois on December 11th. Madden impressed amateur scouts during the 2017-2018 season, and finished the year as the 39th ranked North American forward in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Draft Rankings. In addition to Central Scouting, Madden was highly touted by TSN draft expert Bob McKenzie, who listed him as the 62nd best player available prior to the draft. Last month, Madden was one of 104 players invited to the 2018 NHL Combine in Buffalo, NY. He was one of 25 USHL player’s to participate in the event and was Tri-City’s lone representative. Madden recorded high marks in several of the combine’s various tests. He reached 13 mph in the “Pro Agility- Right Max Speed” test, recording the 2nd highest score of any prospect. Madden’s slightly lower 12.9 mph result in the “Pro Agility- Left Max Speed” test gave him the 6th best score in the event. He also recorded the 2nd lowest fatigue index and 2nd lowest body fat percentage of any prospect at the combine. His fatigue index score was 14.0 and his body fat percentage was measured at 7.28%.
Madden finished the season as the Storm’s leading scorer with 15 goals on the year. His 5 game winning goals also led the team, and tied for the most among USHL rookies. He recorded the 3rd most shots on goal of any USHL rookie with 141, and also finished Top 10 in rookie scoring with 34 points. On April 15th, Madden was named to the 2017-2018 USHL All Rookie 2nd Team for his efforts this season. Madden was the story of the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January, leading Team East to a 4-3 victory on the Storm’s home ice at the Viaero Center in Kearney. Madden was named MVP of Team East, recording two goals, including the game winning goal late in the 3rd period. In November, Madden was named to the U.S Junior Select team for the 2017 World Junior A Challenge in Truro, Nova Scotia. Madden led Team USA with 3 goals and 5 points during the tournament. The U.S team won a silver medal in the event.
“Being drafted by Vancouver was an amazing feeling for me. It was great to have my whole family there with me on draft day. Leading up to the draft I was a little nervous, but when I finally heard my name called it was a sigh of relief. The whole experience was amazing and hard to sum up into words. I had a great year this season in the USHL, playing against the great competition in the league I was able to show people what I can do. From the World Junior A Challenge in Nova Scotia to the Top Prospects Game in Kearney it was a great year. I hope to build strength, get bigger and faster, and improve my skating this summer before my freshman season at Northeastern.” – Forward Tyler Madden
“I was first introduced to Tyler working with Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge. He is an offensive catalyst, he showed up in the big games, and also showed us how relentless he is. He’s determined to be involved in the game, no matter how physical other teams played against him, there was nothing that stopped him. Tyler has an elite hockey sense and we feel as a staff he’s going to be a great college player and will be fun to watch next season at Northeastern. That’s what it’s all about for us, watching a player from our program move on and have success at a higher level. Saturday was a great day for Tyler and a great day for the Tri-City Storm” – Head Coach/ GM Anthony Noreen
Prior to his time in the USHL, Madden skated for the Avon Old Farms School in Avon, CT. Madden captained the team during the 2016-2017 season and was named 1st Team All-New England High School Hockey following the season. NHL Alumni of the Avon Old Farms Winged Beavers hockey program include; Jonathan Quick, Cam Atkinson, Nick Bonino, and Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Leetch.
Madden previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is set to begin his freshman season with the Huskies in the fall.