2008-09: The 16-year-old Brendan Ranford, drafted 15th overall in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft by the Kamloops Blazers, got his first opportunity at significant ice time. In 66 games, he scored 13 goals and added 14 assists for 27 points.
2009-10: Ranford’s breakout year saw the young forward finish second in scoring on the Blazers. He scored 29 goals and notched 36 assists for 65 points in 72 games.
2010-11: Ranford was the leading scorer for the Kamloops Blazers in his third WHL season. He scored 33 goals with 3 assists and was -10 with 68 PMs in 68 games. He struggled some at the end of the year as the Blazers just missed the WHL playoffs. He scored 7 of his 33 goals on the power play. Ranford was named to the WHL’s Second All-Star Team and selected to represent the WHL for Team Canada at the Subway Super Series.
Despite his size, Ranford is a gritty forward. He has no problem going to fight for the puck, but his biggest issue may be that his efforts are sometimes easily thwarted. His other glaring issue is his skating. Despite solid quickness, he stride becomes messy and inconsistent leaving his overall footspeed lacking.
He possesses a very good offensive awareness and strong offensive talents as well as solid defensive play. However his size, a facet of the game which many players make up for with skating, could become an issue for him if he does not improve his skating.
Ranford will enter the 2014-15 season with a three-year entry-level contract under his belt.