Matt Bradley

Hometown:

Surrey British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1997-01-22

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

5th round (131st overall), 2015

Weight:

187 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Matt Bradley was teammates with Buffalo Sabres prospect Devante Stephens on the Semiahmoo bantam team in British Columbia. He was selected by Medicine Hat in the second round (38th overall) in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. 

2012-13: Bradley made his debut in British Columbia midget hockey as a 15-year-old, skating in 25 regular season games for the Valley West Hawks. He scored 10 goals with 18 assists and 28 penalty minutes. Bradley scored 1 goal with 5 assists in three playoff games as the Hawks lost to Okanagan in a best-of-three quarterfinal series. Bradley played for Team British Columbia in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup. 

2013-14: Bradley made his WHL debut with Medicine Hat in the playoffs after dominating British Columbia midget hockey and playing in eight games with the BCHL’s Surrey Eagles. Medicine Hat reached the Eastern Conference finals after finishing third in the Central Division and Bradley skated in 17 of 18 playoff games for the Tigers, with no points nor penalties. He was scoreless in eight BCHL games for Surrey. Bradley dominated for Valley West in his second BC Midget League season. In 37 games he scored 39 goals with 32 assists and 94 penalty minutes. 

2014-15: Bradley skated in 71 of 72 regular season games for Medicine Hat in his first WHL season. He scored 17 goals with 23 assists and was -2 with 24 penalty minutes. The Tigers finished second behind Calgary in the Midwest Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Bradley had 2 assists and was -5 with 2 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. He was ranked 126th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Montreal in the fifth round (131st overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Bradley attended his first training camp with Montreal before returning to Medicine Hat for his second WHL season. He scored 23 goals with 28 assists and was -16 with 35 penalty minutes in 68 games. The Tigers finished fourth in the Central Division, falling to Edmonton in a one-game playoff for the final playoff spot. Bradley missed the game against the Oil Kings after suffering a shoulder injury late in the year. 

Talent Analysis

Quick on his skates and no quit to his game, Bradley earned the trust of his coach and received more playing time in a bigger role. Good in the face-off circle, his greatest trait is his high hockey IQ. He is able to read plays perfectly and anticipate passes, making him a player that strives at taking pucks away in all three zones. He will need to show more offensive consistency if he wishes to secure a spot in the top-six. As of right now, his defensive-game is promising enough and where he will develop after that will indicate his playing time with the Tigers.

Future

Bradley skated for the Medicine Hat Tigers in 2015-16 in his second WHL season. The second-leading goal scorer for the Tigers, he provided both offense and two-way play. As with most late-round draft picks, he faces an uphill battle to one day reach the NHL. His progress to this point has been steady and his game suggests potential as a third or fourth line center.

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