Brayden Point
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Brayden Point

Hometown:

Calgary Alberta

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-03-13

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

3rd round (79th overall), 2014

Weight:

160 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Brayden Point had 102 points in 33 games for the Calgary Bisons bantam AAA team in Alberta and skated for the Calgary South Flames in the 2011 Alberta Cup. He scored 42 goals with 60 assists and 12 penalty minutes for the Bisons. In five games at the Alberta Cup he scored 3 goals with 3 assists and 2 penalty minutes. Point was selected by Moose Jaw in the first round (14th overall) of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

2011-12: Point made his WHL debut with Moose Jaw in February — appearing in five games at the end of the regular season — and was the Warriors’ leading goal scorer in the playoffs as Moose Jaw reached the Eastern Conference finals against Memorial Cup-bound Edmonton. Point had 1 goal and was +2 during the regular season. In 14 playoff games he scored 7 goals with 3 assists and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes. Point played four games for the junior A Canmore Eagles — scoring 2 goals with 2 assists — and was the second-leading scorer for the Calgary Buffaloes midget AAA team. He scored 19 goals with 22 assists and 22 penalty minutes in 32 games for the Buffaloes. Point won a gold medal skating for Team Alberta in the 2011 Western Canada Challenge Cup U16 tournament; scoring 5 goals with 4 assists in four games.

2012-13: Point joined Moose Jaw for his first WHL season as a 16-year-old — skating in 67 of 72 games and finishing as the Warriors’ second-leading scorer. He scored 24 goals, second to leading scorer Sam Fioretti (32), and was -15 with 33 assists and 26 penalty minutes. Moose Jaw finished fourth in the East Division; missing the playoffs. Point was an assistant captain for silver medal-winning Canada Pacific in the 2014 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 2 goals with 3 assists and had 4 penalty minutes in five games.

2013-14: Point skated for Canada’s gold medal-winning U18 team at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament before returning to Moose Jaw for his second season. He scored 36 goals with 55 assists to lead the Warriors in points — skating in all 72 games — and was -27 with 53 penalty minutes. Moose Jaw missed the playoffs; finishing fifth in the East Division. Point scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes in five games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. He was ranked 31st amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings (up from 53rd in mid-season) and was selected by Tampa Bay in the third round (79th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

 2014-15: Point signed a three-year entry-level contract with Tampa Bay in March 2015 and made his pro hockey debut with Lightning AHL affiliate Syracuse following his third junior season with Moose Jaw. He was a member of Canada’s gold medal-winning U20 team at the 2015 World Junior Championship. Point scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -2 with 2 penalty minutes in nine regular season games and had no points nor penalties in two AHL playoff games while with the Crunch. He was a team captain and the leading scorer for the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors, scoring 38 goals with 49 assists and finishing +6 with 46 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games. Moose Jaw finished fourth in the East Division, six points behind Edmonton for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Point scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +6 with 4 penalty minutes in seven games for Canada at the WJC. Canada defeated Russia, 5-4, in the gold medal game.

Talent Analysis

Point is a dynamic offensive forward with great vision and a better than average release on his shot. He is a good face-off man and a very creative playmaker. His intensity seems to increase as he nears the opposition net. Point is not afraid of heavy traffic.

Future

Point did not look out of place skating for Tampa Bay AHL affiliate Syracuse as a 19-year-old at the end of the 2014-15 season. With the depth in the Tampa Bay forward corps he is likely to return to Moose Jaw for at least one more junior season in 2015-16 since he is too young to play in the AHL. Point will also likely skate for Canada's U20 team as that squad looks to repeat as champions at the World Juniors. Long-term he projects as another skilled but undersized forward capable of scoring with consistency and playing tenaciously in all three zones.

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