This week, we’ll focus on a player that has been tearing it up on the amateur level and the world stage: Brayden Point. He was selected in the third round, 79th overall, at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
When asked to give an NHL comparison, Moose Jaw Warriors head coach Tim Hunter gave three names: Tyler Johnson, Theoren Fluery, a former teammate of Hunter’s with the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher.
The Calgary, Alberta, native is in his fifth season with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Point made an immediate impact with the Warriors in his first WHL season as a 16-year-old where he played 67 games and was the club’s second-leading scorer.
When asked what separates Point from the rest of the WHL, Hunter said it was his ability to play at full-speed. “He can skate around defensemen and battle for the puck at 100 percent. He has the tenacity and the character to do so.”
This season, Point has scored 18 goals in 19 games with the Warriors in addition to putting up 25 assists and a +9 rating. His star-studded performance led him to being named the captain of Team Canada’s U-20 squad at this year’s World Junior Championships (WJC) that started this week.
Point’s output continued on Monday as he picked up three assists against Denmark in Group A play, a 6-1 victory for Team Canada. The next day, he scored a pivotal shootout goal as Canada bested Switzerland 3-2.
Point’s tendency for making plays and putting the puck in the back of the net has him on course for the NHL. When asked about his development, Hunter said that he has to improve his ability and strength against bigger players considering he’s only 5-foot-10.
“He has the skill and hockey I.Q.,” Hunter said. “Now it’s the matter of experience.”