Five verbal commitments in three weeks- the Northeastern coaching staff has had themselves quite the recruiting period in late summer. The most recent came late Tuesday night, when forward Dylan Hryckowian committed to the Huskies via his private Instagram.
Hryckowian is the younger brother of freshman forward Justin Hryckowian. Like his brother, Dylan hails originally from Quebec, Canada, where he has been playing in the fabled Lac St-Louis Lions program. He played last year with their main team, and previously put up nearly 2 points per game at their Midget level. This season, he will enroll and play at the Salisbury School in Connecticut, following his brother’s footsteps. After playing at the prep level, Hryckowian likely will follow his brother’s path again to Cedar Rapids of the USHL, where Dylan was a 10th round selection by the Roughriders in the 2020 Futures Draft.
Dylan is a right-shot right wing who is slight of build for his age. His Elite Prospects page has him listed at 5-foot-6, 132 pounds, whereas information that came from when he was taken in the 2020 QMJHL draft listed him at 5-foot-8, 145 pounds. In either case, with at least two years between his commitment and enrollment, Hryckowian will have plenty of time to gain muscle as well as likely grow a little bit in height.
Described as “skilled, very smart, and can fly,” Hryckowian fits the mold for a classic scoring winger in a Jerry Keefe system. Amateur Hockey Report describes him as someone who “gets after the puck and provides nice pressure. He has a solid set of hands and makes necessary plays,” and a Canadian evaluator called him “One of the top Espoir (midget) players out of Quebec…Speed and skill, a bit of a physical presence as well.”
The earliest we would reasonably expect Hryckowian to enroll would be 2023 after a year of prep and one of the USHL, but given his size he may require a second year in the USHL against older, more physical talent. Given that his brother also is enrolling after 2 years of USHL, that may be a good model for Dylan to follow as well. We will continue to follow his progress and make updates to our chart as we learn them.
Congrats to Dylan on his commitment! As always, go Huskies!