Brenden Kichton
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Brenden Kichton


Spruce Grove Alberta

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7th round (190th overall), 2013


174 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D


2006-07: Brenden Kichton was chosen in the third round, 55th overall, of the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft by the Spokane Chiefs.

2007-08: Kichton played for the St. Albert Raiders Midget AAA, appearing in 35 games for that team. He scored 10 goals and added 16 assists for 26 points. Kichton had no points in 1 playoff game.

2008-09: In his WHL rookie season, Kichton played in 57 games for the Spokane Chiefs. He scored 1 goal and added 8 assists for 9 points. Kichton registered no points 8 playoff games.

2009-10: In 70 games for the Chiefs, Kichton scored 4 goals and added 15 assists for 19 points. He registered no points in 7 playoff games. Kichton was passed over in the 2010 NHL Draft, but did receive an invite to the Detroit Red Wings training camp.

2010-11: In a breakout season, Kichton played in 64 games for the Chiefs. He scored 23 goals and added 58 assists for 81 points. His point total placed him second among WHL defensemen in scoring. In 17 playoff games, Kichton scored 1 goal and added 10 assists for 11 points.

2011-12: Kichton was the Spokane Chiefs’ leading scorer from his defense spot in his fourth WHL season. He scored 17 goals and his 57 assists were tops amongst all WHL defensemen. Kichton was plus-24 in 71 games as Spokane finished second in the U.S. Division. Kichton suffered a broken jaw in the playoffs; finishing with an assist in his only game as the Chiefs reached the second round.

2012-13: Kichton spent a fifth season in the WHL, skating in 71 games for Spokane as a 20-year-old. He was the leading scorer amongst WHL defensemen, scoring 22 goals with 63 assists and was +32 with 43 penalty minutes. Spokane finished second behind WHL champion Portland in the U.S. Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Kichton scored 2 goals with 5 assists in nine playoff games and was -3 with 6 penalty minutes. Drafted by the Islanders in 2011 but never signed to a contract, Kichton re-entered the 2013 NHL Draft and was selected by Winnipeg in the seventh round (190th overall).

2013-14: Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Jets in August 2013, Kichton was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John’s in his first pro season. Skating in all 76 regular season games, he scored 10 goals and was second only to leading scorer Jason Jaffray with 38 assists, and was plus-8 with 14 penalty minutes. The IceCaps finished second in the Atlantic Division but reached the Eastern Conference finals, defeating Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, before falling to the Texas Stars in the Calder Cup finals. Kichton scored 2 goals with 7 assists and had an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games.

Talent Analysis

Kichton reads the play well and has accurate passing skill.  He handles the defensive side of the game well considering his lack of imposing size; playing a smart game in his own end.  Kichton could be an effective power play quarterback along the lines of a Brian Campbell. He must improve his game in his own end to reach that level.


Kichton attended training camp with the Jets and is back with Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John's for his second pro season in 2014-15. With several veteran defensemen now in the Jets' lineup and high profile players such as Josh Morrissey on the way, Kichton must continue to refine his game while adding the strength needed to compete at the NHL on a nightly basis. While his scoring and offensive instincts at the junior level likely garnered the attention of scouts, he will have to improve his game in his own end if he is to one day play at the NHL level as more than a lower pairing offensive defenseman and possible power play quarterback.

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