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Top 25 under 25: Tobias Rieder continues to shine at #5

Tobias Rieder is one of those players you want on your team - rugged, smart, and good. Can he continue to grow under a new coach?

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

#5- Tobias Rieder- Right Wing

Where Did He Come From?

Drafted #114 overall (4th round) in 2011 by the Edmonton Oilers. Traded on March 29, 2013 to the (then) Phoenix Coyotes for Kale Kessy.

Rank in last year’s 21 under 21?

No Rank since he was 23 years Old

Has He Played in the NHL?:

Oh Yes. 234 Games Played 43-49-92 In 3 NHL Seasons.

About Tobias Rieder:

Tobias Rieder has been one of the better defensive forwards on the team since he came streaking into the league in 2014-15. I think we all can remember his first NHL goal.

Rieder has made a name for himself, being the go-to guy on the penalty kill along with Jordan Martinook. He is on the smaller side, 5’11” 181lbs, but he uses that to his advantage. He is one of the faster players on the team and is deadly on the penalty kill.

The only worry is how Rieder’s ankle is after surgery from an injury he received during the World Championships. This is the second year in a row that Rieder has been injured during the competition. They expect him to be ready for camp, where he should show the new coach what he can do.

What does the future hold for Tobias Rieder?

Rieder is going into a contract year, and the Coyotes should consider keeping him around for a long time since he has become a major defensive player for the team. He’s also one of the club’s few right wing players and is a great utility player for them as well, capable of slotting in up and down the lineup. Under Rick Tocchet, he could end up playing on the top line with Max Domi and Derek Stepan, or go down to second or third line to help the young centers be more defensively responsible. Either way, Tobias Rieder is here to stay.