Jimmy Snuggerud looks to be the next promising prospect out of the United States National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Michigan. At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, the Chaska, Minnesota native has a good combination of size and speed.
He possesses what scouts call an elite shot with pinpoint accuracy.
He’s committed to the University of Minnesota in the fall on a Gophers team looking to build off a Frozen Four appearance. Jimmy hails from a hockey lineage, with his father, Dave, playing for the Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks, and Philadelphia Flyers.
His father also attended the University of Minnesota. Should the younger Snuggerud forgo collegiate hockey, the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL own his rights, who selected the young forward in the tenth round of the 2019 WHL Bantam draft.
Jimmy enjoyed a breakout campaign in his second year at the USNTDP, scoring 24 goals and 39 assists for 63 points in 59 games, including seven power-play goals. He also chipped in six goals and 20 assists for 26 points in 26 games in USHL play.
In International play, Snuggerud tallied three goals and seven points in six games at the U18 World Championships.
He did a lot of damage this past season from in front of the crease and the low slot.
Snuggerud does a great job of puck hunting, putting himself in an excellent position for this cross-ice pass and the one-timer.
He recorded a secondary assist on this particular play, but Snuggerud wins an important board battle to set up a scoring chance for his teammates.
- D.O.B – June 1, 2004
- Age – 18
- Place of Birth – Chaska, MN
- Draft Eligibility – 2022
- Height – 6-foot-2
- Weight – 185 lbs
- Position – Right Wing
- Shoots – R
Ranked #22 by CONSOLIDATED RANKING
Ranked #24 by ELITEPROSPECTS.COM
Ranked #41 by FCHOCKEY
Ranked #19 by TSN/BOB McKENZIE
Ranked #32 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
Ranked #8 by TSN/CRAIG BUTTON
Ranked #11 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)
Ranked #16 by SPORTSNET
Ranked #26 by RECRUIT SCOUTING
Ranked #32 by DOBBERPROSPECTS
Ranked #17 by DRAFT PROSPECTS HOCKEY
Ranked #42 by SMAHT SCOUTING
Ranked #24 by THE PUCK AUTHORITY
Snuggerud plays a hard-driving, powerful game that combines strength, skill, and speed. Standing at 6-2, he 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. Snuggerud’s wrist shot is a dangerous weapon that he can use to beat goaltenders from distance but he isn’t shy about going to the net either. 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. He is composed with the puck and sees the ice well, able to identify his options and complete difficult passes through layers of coverage. Already possessing several pro-level scoring traits, Snuggerud has the potential to develop into a multi-faceted offensive weapon in the NHL. – Nick Richard/Dobber Prospects
Snuggerud has high-end offensive skills and a good work ethic. He has the potential to be a top-six winger and be used in all situations. While his skating has really improved over the last year, there is still a bit more work to do. Some work with a good skating coach will be necessary over the next couple of years. – Ben Kerr/Last Word On Sports
Snuggerud is a skilled winger with a wicked shot and some solid playmaking ability to go with it. While he’s got numerous traits that make him a good player, I think the one that defines him the most is his shot. His shot is hard, accurate, and comes with a quick release as well. He really doesn’t need a lot of time and space to get the puck on net. – Douglas Larson/FC Hockey