Playing on the Coquitlam Express’ top line with fellow Colorado Avalanche prospect David Jones and 2005 BCHL top prospect Brock Bradford, Brandon Yip had good linemates who gave him a lot of opportunities to show off his skill. The Coquitlam Express naturally quickly promoted to the big club and Yip was an instant hit, scoring 31 goals and 63 points in 56 games in the 2003-04 season, earning him several honors including being named the Coquitlam Express’ Top Rookie, being selected to play on the BCHL All-Star team in January of 2004, receiving a scholarship to Boston University, and being named to the BCHL first All-Star team for the Coastal Conference at the end of the season.
2006-07: This marked Yip’s second season with BU (H-East), which saw the forward tally five goals and 11 points in 17 games. He was plagued with injury this season, missing time due to a separated shoulder and an ankle sprain. He also made history this season, scoring two overtime goals to lift his squad past an opponent in league playoffs; no other player in Hockey East history has done this.
2007-08: A junior at Boston University (H-East), Yip tallied a personal best 11 goals and 23 points (6th on team) in 37 games with the Terriers this season.
2008-09: Wrapping up his collegiate career as a senior with Boston University (H-East), Yip tallied 20 goals and 43 points in 45 games, personal-best numbers with the Terriers. Along with BU, the forward won the Hockey East title this season, his second with the club, and the national championship game. Expect to see him make his AHL debut with Lake Erie in 2009-10.
A savvy offensive player, Yip is a intelligent player in the offensive zone with a great deal of prowess in scoring goals. A thinking-man’s offensive player, Yip reads plays with exceptional ease and is often seen intercepting passes or causing turnovers in the offensive zone. A good skater, he has no problems at getting speed and maintaining it, though he could improve on his overall mobility as tends to be a bit too much of a north-south type of player. Above-average vision and shooting skills, in particular a highly accurate shot, keeps goaltenders guessing. While he certainly prefers to shoot, Yip does not hesitate to make the pass if it’s the better play. While not short, Yip is very slight, and he lacks a great deal in body strength. He does, however, seem to win a good deal of battles in the corners and along the walls, but he doesn’t use his body to do so, rather using his stick smartly to pick out pucks or tie up sticks.
Placed on waivers by Colorado, picked up by the Nashville Predators.