Brandon Halverson
Image: OHL

Brandon Halverson


Traverse City Michigan

Currently Playing In:






Eligible for draft:









2nd round (59th overall), 2014


180 lbs.

<<<<<<< Updated upstream

2010-11: Brandon Halverson played for the Victory Honda bantam AAA team in Michigan and was invited to USA Hockey’s Warren Strelow National Goaltending Camp in May 2011.

2011-12: Halverson played for the Little Caesars U16 midget team in Michigan. In 20 games for Little Caesars he was 6-10-2 with 1 shutout and had a 3.09 goals against and .897 save percentage. Halverson was selected by Sault Ste. Marie in the seventh round (127th overall) in the 2012 OHL Priority Draft.

2012-13: Halverson attended OHL camp with the Greyhounds before joining the Oakland Junior Grizzlies U18 team in Troy, Michigan. Splitting the goaltending duties with Michael Tilford, he was 9-9-2 in 21 games and had a 2.88 goals against and .906 save percentage. Halverson started all four playoff games and was 2-1-1 with a 1.46 goals against and .953 save percentage. He participated in USA Hockey’s Select 17 Camp in Rochester.

2013-14: Halverson joined the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds as a backup to 19-year-old Penguins’ prospect Matt Murray in his first OHL season. In 19 games for the Greyhounds he was 12-6-1 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.96 goals against and .904 save percentage. Sault Ste. Marie finished first in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Murray started all nine playoff games for the Greyhounds. Halverson was ranked sixth amongst North American goaltenders in the Central Scouting final  rankings and was selected by the New York Rangers in the second round (59th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

 2014-15: Halverson played in 50 of 68 regular season games for Sault Ste. Marie in his second OHL season and played for the USA U20 team in the 2015 World Junior Championship. He was 40-5-2 with 6 shutouts and had a 2.63 goals against and .913 save percentage for the Greyhounds. Sault Ste. Marie finished first in the West Division and reached the Western Conference finals, falling to the Erie Otters. Halverson was 10-4 with 1 shout and had a 2.94 goals against and .893 save percentage in 14 playoff games. Backing up Vancouver prospect Thatcher Demko for Team USA, he recorded a shutout in his only start, stopping 14 shots in a 6-0 win over Switzerland. The USA finished fifth, falling 3-2 to Russia in the quarterfinals. Halverson signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Rangers in July 2015.

2015-16: Halverson attended development camp and competed for the New York Rangers rookie squad in Traverse City before returning to Sault. Ste. Marie for his third OHL season. He was part of the USA U20 team that won a bronze medal at the 2016 World Junior Championship. Playing for a rebuilding Greyhounds squad that finished third in the West Division, he was 20-17-4 and had a 3.00 goals against and .907 save percentage in 43 regular season games. Halverson started all seven games in the Soo’s surprising first-round upset of Sarnia and through nine playoff games had a 3.17 goals against and .906 save percentage. Halverson backed up Carolina prospect Peter Nedeljkovic on the USA U20 team. He made his only start of the tournament in the final game of pool play, stopping 16 of 17 shots in a 4-1 win over Denmark. 

Talent Analysis

Halverson has very good size and his lateral movement is excellent. Although he can give up some juicy rebounds, generally Halverson tracks the puck well, does not panic, and sees the game in front of him very well. At the time that he was drafted, scouts said that he needed to come out and challenge shooters more, but he has worked on that quite successfully and is one of the best goaltending prospects the system has had in many years.


Halverson played for the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2015-16, providing a veteran presence for a young squad. The 20-year-old is expected to begin his pro career in 2016-17, most likely with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack though it is also possible he could be assigned to the ECHL. Halverson's combination of size, athleticism and technical skills compare favorably with other prospects his age and suggest he can be a successful NHL starter one day. The New York Rangers have the organizational depth to allow him to steadily mature.

Projects prevalent in New York Rangers Top 20 prospects

by Mike Farkas
Adam Huska - Green Bay Gamblers - New York

Photo: One of the biggest risers among the New York Rangers prospects, Adam Huska was the USHL’s top goaltender this season (courtesy Green Bay Gamblers).



Going to at least the Eastern Conference Final round in three of the past five seasons does not come without some collateral damage. For the New York Rangers, and many other teams in contention, it has come at the cost of some prospects and draft picks. Read more»

Colts’ Blackwood the best of slim OHL group of NHL goaltending properties in 2015-16

by Jason Menard
Mackenzie Blackwood - Barrie Colts

Photo: Barrie Colts goaltender and New Jersey Devils prospect Mackenzie Blackwood ranked sixth in the OHL in goals-against average and tied for first in save percentage in 2015-16 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)



The NHL-drafted goaltending ranks are fairly slim in the Ontario Hockey League, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality – at least with the top three netminders. While there is some talent at the lower end, the goaltending prospects are certainly more promising at the top of the list. Read more»

New York Rangers prospects excelling in junior, despite middling draft positions

by Leslie Treff
Photo: With 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) in 46 games, Ryan Gropp is scoring at a point-per-game clip for the first time in his junior career. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Photo: With 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) in 46 games, Ryan Gropp is scoring at a point-per-game clip for the first time in his junior career. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)



The New York Rangers currently have seven prospects playing junior hockey, including six in the CHL and one in the USHL. Of them, two represented their countries in the World Junior Championships earlier this month (Brandon Halverson and Adam Huska). Read more»

2016 WJC Review: Total team effort propels USA to bronze medal

by DJ Powers
Sonny Milano, Christian Dvorak, and Anders Bjork - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team USA’s second line of Sonny Milano (L), Anders Bjork (C), and Christian Dvorak (R) provided important secondary scoring for the U.S. at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)



For the first time since 2013, Team USA left the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (WJC) with a medal, taking home the bronze medal with a dominating 8-3 rout of Sweden on the last day of tournament. Earlier in the tournament on Dec. 28th, the U.S. had lost to Sweden 1-0 in preliminary round play. Read more»

2016 World Junior Championship: Playoff and Relegation Round previews

by Chapin Landvogt
Ryan Hitchcock, Alex Nedeljkovic, Scott Eansor and Anders Bjork - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team USA had just one blemish in their four preliminary round games at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, with their quarterfinal match placing them up against the Czech Republic (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)



The playoff round of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship begins tomorrow with the quarterfinal matchups featuring the non-relegated teams from Group A and Group B, although the first relegation game in the best-of-three series will also take place. The games will take place at Helsinki Ice Hall and Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Read more»