Brandon Halverson
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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.

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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.

2015-16: Halverson attended development camp and competed for the New York Rangers rookie squad in Traverse City before returning to Sault. Ste. Marie for his third OHL season. He was part of the USA U20 team that won a bronze medal at the 2016 World Junior Championship. Playing for a rebuilding Greyhounds squad that finished third in the West Division, he was 20-17-4 and had a 3.00 goals against and .907 save percentage in 43 regular season games. Halverson started all seven games in the Soo’s surprising first-round upset of Sarnia and through nine playoff games had a 3.17 goals against and .906 save percentage. Halverson backed up Carolina prospect Peter Nedeljkovic on the USA U20 team. He made his only start of the tournament in the final game of pool play, stopping 16 of 17 shots in a 4-1 win over Denmark. 

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

Halverson played for the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2015-16, providing a veteran presence for a young squad. The 20-year-old is expected to begin his pro career in 2016-17, most likely with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack though it is also possible he could be assigned to the ECHL. Halverson's combination of size, athleticism and technical skills compare favorably with other prospects his age and suggest he can be a successful NHL starter one day. The New York Rangers have the organizational depth to allow him to steadily mature.

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