Braden Christoffer

Hometown:

Edmonton Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-08-02

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

190 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Braden Christoffer played for the J. Ennis Kings in Sherwood Park in the Alberta Midget Hockey League. He scored 7 goals with 14 assists and had 114 penalty minutes in 33 regular season games. The Kings finished fourth in the Dodge Division and reached the Division Finals against Leduc Chrysler Oil Kings. Christoffer scored 1 goal with 4 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 13 playoff games.   

2011-12: Christoffer skated for the Sherwood Park Crusaders in the Alberta Junior Hockey League as a 17-year-old. He scored 10 goals with 14 assists and was one of five Crusaders with over 140 penalty minutes (143). Sherwood Park finished fourth in the North Division and reached the AJHL quarterfinals. Christoffer had no points with 4 penalty minutes in two playoff games. 

2012-13: Christoffer made the Regina Pats as an undrafted free agent, skating in 69 games in his first WHL season. He scored 11 goals with 9 assists and was -18 with 91 penalties. Regina finished fifth in the East Division, missing the playoffs. 

2013-14: Christoffer skated in 61 games for Regina in his second season with the Pats. He scored 13 goals with 22 assists and was -1, leading the team with 130 penalty minutes. Regina finished first in the East Division but was swept by Brandon in a first-round playoff series. Christoffer had 1 assist and was -3 with 14 penalty minutes in four playoff games. 

2014-15: Christoffer was invited to the Washington Capitals’ training camp but was not signed to a contract and returned to Regina for an overage season. In 72 regular season games he scored 26 goals with 33 assists and was +13 with 147 penalty minutes. Christoffer scored 10 of his 26 goals on the power play. Regina finished second to Brandon in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Christoffer scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was +4 with 12 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. He signed an AHL contract with Edmonton affiliate Bakersfield in May 2015. 

Talent Analysis

Christoffer is a throwback type player who plays on the edge at times but has a significant set of offensive skills. He plays bigger than his size and will not back down from anyone. Christoffer creates most of his points by doing the hard jobs like going into tight spaces or driving to the net and is a ferocious forechecker. A native of Sherwood Park, he earned an entry-level contract with the hometown Oilers after an impressive training camp in 2015. He will need time at the minor level to adjust to pro hockey but could provide the type of sandpaper game that some feel has been lacking in Edmonton.

Future

Christoffer impressed in Edmonton's development and training camps and was signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Oilers in October 2015. He was one of the team's top players during their rookie tournament and was subsequently assigned to the AHL's Bakersfield Condors to start the 2015-16 season. Playing a lower line role and a healthy scratch at times with the Condors, he was re-assigned to the ECHL's Norfolk Admirals in February 2015. Christoffer's rare combination of scoring ability and grit are unique but he will need time to adapt to the tactical aspects and pace of play at the pro level. He projects as a Leo Komarov-type player who draws ire from opponents but has an offensive side to his game.

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