Brandon Halverson
Image: OHL

Brandon Halverson

Hometown:

Traverse City Michigan

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-03-29

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2014

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

2nd round (59th overall), 2014

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Brandon Halverson played for the Victory Honda bantam AAA team in Michigan and was invited to USA Hockey’s Warren Strelow National Goaltending Camp in May 2011.

2011-12: Halverson played for the Little Caesars U16 midget team in Michigan. In 20 games for Little Caesars he was 6-10-2 with 1 shutout and had a 3.09 goals against and .897 save percentage. Halverson was selected by Sault Ste. Marie in the seventh round (127th overall) in the 2012 OHL Priority Draft.

2012-13: Halverson attended OHL camp with the Greyhounds before joining the Oakland Junior Grizzlies U18 team in Troy, Michigan. Splitting the goaltending duties with Michael Tilford, he was 9-9-2 in 21 games and had a 2.88 goals against and .906 save percentage. Halverson started all four playoff games and was 2-1-1 with a 1.46 goals against and .953 save percentage. He participated in USA Hockey’s Select 17 Camp in Rochester.

2013-14: Halverson joined the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds as a backup to 19-year-old Penguins’ prospect Matt Murray in his first OHL season. In 19 games for the Greyhounds he was 12-6-1 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.96 goals against and .904 save percentage. Sault Ste. Marie finished first in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Murray started all nine playoff games for the Greyhounds. Halverson was ranked sixth amongst North American goaltenders in the Central Scouting final  rankings and was selected by the New York Rangers in the second round (59th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

 2014-15: Halverson played in 50 of 68 regular season games for Sault Ste. Marie in his second OHL season and played for the USA U20 team in the 2015 World Junior Championship. He was 40-5-2 with 6 shutouts and had a 2.63 goals against and .913 save percentage for the Greyhounds. Sault Ste. Marie finished first in the West Division and reached the Western Conference finals, falling to the Erie Otters. Halverson was 10-4 with 1 shout and had a 2.94 goals against and .893 save percentage in 14 playoff games. Backing up Vancouver prospect Thatcher Demko for Team USA, he recorded a shutout in his only start, stopping 14 shots in a 6-0 win over Switzerland. The USA finished fifth, falling 3-2 to Russia in the quarterfinals. Halverson signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Rangers in July 2015.

Talent Analysis

Halverson has very good size and his lateral movement is excellent. Although he can give up some juicy rebounds, generally Halverson tracks the puck well, does not panic, and sees the game in front of him very well. At the time that he was drafted, scouts said that he needed to come out and challenge shooters more, but he has worked on that quite successfully and is one of the best goaltending prospects the system has had in many years.

Future

After signing an ELC with the Rangers this summer, Halverson attended camp and then returned to Traverse City, his hometown, for the Rookie Tournament this fall. After the Rangers main training camp, Halverson was returned to the Soo to play his final major junior season. Halverson is expected to play a big role for the United States at the U20 World Junior Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

New York Rangers prospects excelling in junior, despite middling draft positions

by Leslie Treff
on
Photo: With 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) in 46 games, Ryan Gropp is  scoring at a point-per-game clip for the first time in his junior career.  (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Photo: With 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) in 46 games, Ryan Gropp is scoring at a point-per-game clip for the first time in his junior career. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers currently have seven prospects playing junior hockey, including six in the CHL and one in the USHL. Of them, two represented their countries in the World Junior Championships earlier this month (Brandon Halverson and Adam Huska). Read more»

2016 WJC Review: Total team effort propels USA to bronze medal

by DJ Powers
on
Sonny Milano, Christian Dvorak, and Anders Bjork - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team USA’s second line of Sonny Milano (L), Anders Bjork (C), and Christian Dvorak (R) provided important secondary scoring for the U.S. at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

For the first time since 2013, Team USA left the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (WJC) with a medal, taking home the bronze medal with a dominating 8-3 rout of Sweden on the last day of tournament. Earlier in the tournament on Dec. 28th, the U.S. had lost to Sweden 1-0 in preliminary round play. Read more»

2016 WJC Preview: Team USA seeks first medal in three years

by DJ Powers
on
Auston Matthews - Team USA

Photo: ZSC Lions forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews has produced 14 goals and 25 points in 22 games in 2015-16 playing in Switzerland’s top league (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The United States will be seeking a return to the medal round at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Finland. The Americans last medalled in 2013 when they captured gold at this event in Ufa, Russia. Read more»

On the Rush, November 2015

by HF Staff
on
Photo: Devin Shore took the long road to the pros, playing Jr. A hockey with the OJHL's Whitby Fury before joining the University of Maine for three seasons. (Courtesy of Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Photo: Devin Shore took the long road to the pros, playing Jr. A hockey with the OJHL’s Whitby Fury before joining the University of Maine for three seasons. (Courtesy of Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Welcome to the November edition of On the Rush. There is definitely a bit of variety in this month’s outing. We have a burgeoning mobile defenseman from the Philadelphia Flyers, a collegiate standout at Harvard, a pair of struggling first round selections from Dallas, two league-leading scorers, and even a Latvian winger out of the lesser known Norwegian league. From the Ivy League to Norway, it is quite an assortment. That happens to be right up our alley here at On the Rush. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty, and take a look at last month’s leaders and trailers from around the prospect world. Read more»

Rangers continue to build NHL roster from within

by Leslie Treff
on
Photo: Marek Hrivik had nine points (three goals, six assists) in 15 games for Hartford in the 2015 AHL Playoffs, a considerable improvement over his regular season production. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Marek Hrivik had nine points (three goals, six assists) in 15 games for Hartford in the 2015 AHL Playoffs, a considerable improvement over his regular season production. (Courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

For many years, high-end prospects in the New York Rangers organization had little hope of ever playing on Broadway. The skill positions were the domain of big-ticket free-agent signees or declining veterans who came by trade. Almost ten years ago, that strategy changed, and as a result the majority of the Rangers roster is now home-grown. Continuing in that current trend, it is likely that two more prospects will be on the team when the season opens. Read more»

Related Articles

Win a PlayStation 4 + a copy of NHL 16 from GameRevolution and Hockey's Future! Complete one or more of the action... in Contests on LockerDome