As goaltender Brandon Whitney made his way around Prospera Place in Kelowna during a quick meet and greet on opening night at the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, it became immediately apparent that the Kentville, Nova Scotia native is absolutely huge.
Whitney checks in at 6’5 and 191 pounds. He has yet to celebrate his 18th birthday, which occurs on May 11. This would suggest he is a youngster who may not be finished growing.
In the current era where NHL goalies seem to be getting bigger and bigger, it’s not surprising that scouting staffs have taken notice of Whitney’s size and skill set. He is learning to handle the puck more efficiently this season, and has found himself building confidence when leaving the crease to move the puck. Like all junior goaltenders, he is making a conscious effort to better control rebounds. The scouts like his quickness and athleticism.
At the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League trade deadline, the Tigres were busy, acquiring defensemen Matt Hobbs, Jeremie Blain and Dan Milan. The Tigres appear to be going for it all this season, but they do have some young talent that should hold the team in good stead into next season.
Whitney brings a calm, soft-spoken demeanor to the mix, a good combination for his position. Ranked third among North American goaltenders by Central Scouting, Whitney was a key contributor for Team Atlantic at the 2011 World U17 Challenge.
HF spoke with Whitney at Prospera Place in Kelowna prior to the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.