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Draft Pick Profile: Brendan Warren

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Coyotes added nine prospects to the mix at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Fla. Follow along as ArizonaCoyotes.com profiles all nine draft picks. Today's featured player is forward Brendan Warren.

Brendan Warren. Photo by Getty Images.

BRENDAN WARREN

Age: 18
Height/Weight: 6-0/191
Position: Left wing
Hometown: Carleton, MI, USA
Round: 3 (81st overall)
2014-15 team: U.S. Under-18 team (USNTDP)

The Skinny:

In 2014-15, Warren, a power forward, ranked 11th on the U.S. Under-18 team with 38 points (19-19—38) in 61 games. Five of his goals were power-play goals. He was a member of the team that took second place at the U18 Five Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic. He netted one goal in four games in that event.

The Stats:

• Warren skated in 53 games for the U.S. National Under-17 Team in 2013-14. He scored 14 goals and added 26 assists.

• Warren was a member of the U.S. National Under-17 Team that finished first at the 2014 Five Nations Tournament in Sundsvall, Sweden. He notched three points (1-2) in four games.

• Warren was a member of the U.S. National Under-17 Team that won the 2014 World under-1 Hockey Challenge in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He aallied one goal and five assists in six contests.

Brendan Warren. Photo by Dave Vest.

The Quotes:

"There's a lot left to do but (being drafted) is a great steppingstone as far as my development. It kind of shows all the hard work I've put in. It's really rewarding." -- Brendan Warren

"The last two years (with the USNDTP) I've had great training and great coaches. I was in a great situation there as far as being able to play against older players." -- Brendan Warren

"I'm kind of a power forward ... I like to create plays and go to the net hard ... I think I play like Justin Abdelkader from the Red Wings. He's pretty big, I'm pretty big. We're both fast, two-way power forwards, I think."

"He’s a two-way winger who can really skate. We think his game may be more suited for the pros than junior hockey." -- Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt

The Fun Facts:

• Warren started playing hockey when he was 5 and a half years old, when his dad was coaching his brother. "I wasn't a natural, that's for sure, but I fell in love with it and stuck with it," he said.

• With USNDTP, Warren was a teammate of forward Christian Fischer, whom the Coyotes drafted shortly before Warren with the 32nd overall pick. Warren said he hopes he and Fischer will continue to push each other as they have the past two years with USNDTP.

• Warren has committed to the University of Michigan where he will play for legendary coach Red Berenson. Warren grew up about 30 minutes from that school and he remembers watching the Wolverines play regularly.


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