Bryce Van Brabant
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Bryce Van Brabant

Hometown:

Morinville Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-11-12

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2014

Weight:

205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Bryce Van Brabant played for the Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Skating in 46 of 62 games for the Saints he scored 4 goals with 7 assists and 84 penalty minutes. Spruce Grove finished first in the North Division before falling to second-place Grande Prairie in the playoffs. Van Brabant did not see any action in the post-season.

2009-10: Van Brabant provided bang and some secondary scoring in his second AJHL season with Spruce Grove. In 51 regular season games he scored 8 goals with 6 assists and had 137 penalty minutes. The Saints captured the AJHL regular season and playoff titles — winning 52 of 60 games during the regular season — but missed a shot at the 2010 Telus Cup after falling to BCHL champion Vernon in seven games in the Doyle Cup playoffs.  Van Brabant scored 1 goal with 4 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 16 AJHL playoff games and scored 1 goal with 1 assist and 6 penalty minutes in Doyle Cup play. In October he committed to playing college hockey at Quinnipiac in 2011-12.

2010-11: Van Brabant was named a team captain in his third season with Spruce Grove on a Saints team that won its second consecutive AJHL title. Van Brabant scored 10 goals with 12 assists and led the Saints with 163 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games. Spruce Grove finished first in the North Division and rolled through the AJHL playoffs; again missing out on a trip to the Telus Cup after a loss to Vernon in seven games in the 2011 Doyle Cup. Van Brabant scored 2 goals with 3 assists and 41 penalty minutes in 13 AJHL playoff games and had 1 assist and 6 penalty minutes in seven Doyle Cup games.

2011-12: Van Brabant skated in 33 of 40 games for Quinnipiac as a freshman. He scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was +6 with 51 penalty minutes. The Bobcats finished fifth in ECAC Hockey; defeating Brown in a preliminary series before falling to Colgate in three games in the ECAC quarterfinals.

2012-13: Van Brabant found his niche as a third line left wing for Quinnipiac in his sophomore season as the Bobcats advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game. He played in 42 of 43 games and scored 5 goals and 8 assists; finishing +8 with 48 penalty minutes. Quinnipiac shut out Yale, 3-0, in the ECAC Hockey championship game to earn an NCAA bid after finishing third in the regular season. The Bobcats defeated Canisius and Union to win the NCAA East region and defeated St. Cloud State 4-1 in the Frozen Four semifinals. Quinnipiac was shutout by Yale, 4-0, in the championship game.

2013-14: Van Brabant signed a two-year entry-level contract with Calgary in March following his junior season at Quinnipiac and skated in six games for the Flames. He was -1 with no points and 2 penalty minutes, averaging nine minutes of ice time, in six games with Calgary. Van Brabant scored 15 goals with 7 assists, finishing +6, and led the NCAA with 113 penalty minutes in his final season of college hockey. Quinnipiac finished third in ECAC Hockey and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after losing in double overtime to Colgate in the conference semifinals. Providence topped Quinnipiac, 4-0 in an NCAA East Regional semifinal game. 

Talent Analysis

Van Brabant is a heavy-hitting forward with some offensive skill. He can set the tone with a big hit or a fight when necessary but is an all-around power forward with a scoring touch. The 23-year-old uses his large frame to play a strong offensive game, causing turnovers and scoring opportunities.

Future

Van Brabant attended his first NHL training camp with the Flames and was assigned to Calgary AHL affiliate Adirondack to start the 2014-15 season. Steadily making the transition from college to pro hockey he has provided a physical component to Adirondack's lineup while chipping in with supplementary scoring. Long-term that will likely be his role at the NHL should he continue to develop his skating and technical skills to reach that level.  

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