2006-07: Brad Ross was drafted in the first round of the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft by the Portland Winterhawks.
2007-08: Ross appeared in 3 games for the Winterhawks, registering no points in those games.
2008-09: In his WHL rookie season, Ross played in 61 games for the Winterhawks. He scored 9 goals and added 17 assists for 26 points while amassing 119 penalty minutes. Ross was named the Winterhawks' Rookie of the Year.
2009-10: Ross played in 71 games for the Winterhawks, scoring 27 goals and adding 41 assists for 68 points. He finished the season with a +22 rating and 203 penalty minutes. Ross played in 13 playoff games, scoring 2 goals and chipping in 7 assists for 9 points to go along with 19 penalty minutes. Ross played for Team Cherry at the 2010 CHL Top Propsects Game.
2010-11: Ross was one of the top two-way forwards for Portland in his third WHL season; finishing amongst the team's top scorers despite leading the Winterhawks in penalty minutes (171) for the second straight season. Ross scored 31 goals with 38 assists and was +29 as Portland finished first in its division and advanced to the WHL playoff finals. Ross skated in 16 playoff games for the Winterhawks, receiving a three-game suspension in the second round, and was an even plus/minus with 2 of his 4 goals on the power play, 2 assists, and 33 PMs.
2011-12: Ross returned to Portland for his fourth WHL season after attending camp with the Maple Leafs. He was among the leading scorers for the Winterhawks while again leading the team in penalty minutes. Ross was second on Portland with 42 goals and had a career-high 40 assists while finishing plus-15 with 163 penalty minutes. Portland had the WHL's third-best record and reached the WHL Finals against Edmonton. Ross scored 12 goals with 10 assists in 22 playoff games and was plus-eight with 57 penalty minutes. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs in March, 2012.
Ross brings energy and grit to the mix, which sometimes makes it easy for his offensive prowess to be overlooked. An in-your-face forward who’s relentless on the ice, his presence helps create open ice for his ultra-skilled linemates. He thrives in a pest role and should continue to frustrate opponents at the pro level.
For Ross to continue playing his aggressive style of game he’ll need to add strength in order to backup his actions. He’ll also need to control his aggressive nature as his reputation precedes himself in the hockey world.
Ross is beginning his pro career in 2012-13 with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
Projection: Super-pest, with complimentary offensive potential.