Brady Austin
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Brady Austin

Hometown:

Bobcaygeon Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1993-06-16

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

7th round (193rd overall), 2012

Weight:

230 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Drafted by Erie in the second round (30th overall) of the 2009 OHL Draft, Brady Austin appeared in 64 of 68 games for the Otters in his first season. He scored 5 goals with 10 assists and was plus-five with 24 penalty minutes. Erie finished fourth in the Midwest Division and was swept by Memorial Cup-bound Windsor in the playoffs. Austin appeared in all four playoff games and was scoreless and minus-three.

2010-11: Austin played 59 games for Erie in his second season with  the Otters. He scored 1 goal with 12 assists and was plus-10 with 47 penalty minutes. Erie finished third in the Midwest Division. In a playoff rematch with the Spitfires, the Otters were much more competitive before falling, 5-4, in a decisive seventh game. In seven playoff games, Austin was plus-two with no points or penalty minutes.

2011-12: Austin was obtained from Erie by Belleville in exchange for goalie Tyson Teichmann in an August OHL trade. He skated in all 68 games for the Bulls in his third OHL season and doubled his offensive numbers – scoring 6 goals with 20 assists. He finished the season minus-one with 59 penalty minutes. Belleville finished second in the East Division. The Bulls fell to the Ottawa 67's in a six-game first round series that included three overtime games. Austin scored 1 goal and was minus-five in the playoffs. Though not listed among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings, Austin was selected by Buffalo in the seventh round (193rd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Austin played in 64 games for Belleville in his fourth OHL season. Seeing top four minutes with the Bulls, he scored 8 goals with 15 assists and was a career-best +16 with 22 penalty minutes. Belleville finished first in the East Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals against Barrie. Austin was +14 in 17 playoff games and had 5 assists with 6 penalty minutes.

 

Talent Analysis

Size and muscle best describes Austin’s game. He is also an aggressive defender, using his body to make checks or clear the front of the net.

 

Future

Austin will stay in the OHL for at least one more season before the Sabres decide whether or not they want to sign him.

 

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