Brad Marchand
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Brad Marchand

Hometown:

Halifax Nova Scotia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-05-11

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2006

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

3rd round (71st overall), 2006

Weight:

188 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

A member of Team Atlantic for the 2004 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge, Marchand was picked 24th overall by the Moncton Wildcats in the 2004 QMJHL Draft.

2005-06: An instant contributor in his first season, Marchand made an even greater impact in his second season, seeing regular ice with talented line-mates and was an important member of Moncton’s Memorial Cup squad. After playing for Moncton at the 2006 Memorial Cup, he was traded to the Val d'Or Foreurs to complete the deal that saw Luc Bourdon become a Wildcat, as future considerations from the trade deadline deal that brought the Canucks prospect to the Cats.

2006-07: Marchand capped off the regular season, his first with the Val d’Or Foreurs, with an impressive 80 points (33 goals, 47 assists) in just 57 games. He has worked to simplify his game, and continued to be relentless in his pursuit of the puck. In addition to a strong season with Val d’Or, Marchand can now add winning a gold medal with Team Canada in the 2007 U20 World Junior competition to his resume. Though he didn’t put up huge numbers, it was the first time representing his country in the WJC, and a valuable experience for the young forward.

Signed entry level contract in October 2007

2007-08: Marchand began the season with Val d'Or and was named QMJHL offensive player of the Week in early December 2007. He participated in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. Marchand was traded from V{C}al d'Or to Halifax mid-season and finished second on the Mooseheads in points behind Jakub Voracek. For the second straight year Marchand was part of Team Canada’s gold medal run in the  WJC.

2008-09: Marchand’s rookie season with the Providence Bruins (AHL) was a very productive one. In 79 games he tallied 18 goals and 59 points, adding another 15 points (7g+8a) in 16 playoff games.

2009-10: Marchand split time between the AHL's Providence Bruins and the Boston Bruins.  In 34 AHL games, he scored 13 goals and added 19 assists for 32 points.  Marchand also picked up 51 penalty minutes in those games.  In his first NHL action, Marchand notched 1 assist in 20 games for Boston.

Talent Analysis

Marchand is a little spitfire who doesn't know the meaning of the word quit. An agitator in the corners, he likes to get his nose dirty and battles for the puck. He has some solid moves in the offensive zone, but occasionally gets himself into trouble by trying to get too fancy when a safe and simple play would do. A quick skater, he'll have to continue to overcome his slight stature for the rest of his career.

Future

Marchand has the skill to be a scoring line forward, however his size (or, lack thereof) will always be an issue.