Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Prospect Feature Day 1

Brayden Point
2011 14th overall draft pick

Hailing from Calgary, Alberta Brayden Point starred as the Calgary Bisons top scorer and the scoring leader for the entire Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League.  With his 42 goals and 60 points in just 33 games—Brayden is a scoring dynamite.  Brayden had a team high six game winning goals. Brayden says scoring goals is natural to him.  “I’ve always been able to score,” said Point of his scoring ability. 

Standing in at 5’6”, Brayden uses his great skating to his advantage.  Assistant Director of Hockey Operations and Director of Scouting/Player Development, Rob MacLachlan describes Point as being “highly skilled, tenacious and a great skater.” These qualities along with his numbers made Point the perfect first selection of the 2011 draft for the tribe. 

Brayden’s team, the Calgary Bisons topped the Challenger South Division, going 27-4-2 on the season.  The Bisons scored the most goals in the league with 217.  The Bisons lost out in the Provincial Championship to the Southgate Lions. 

The Warriors selected fifteen year old Brayden Point 14th overall in the Bantam Draft. Brayden’s shear ability to put the puck in the net makes him a player fans will love to watch.  Brayden says being a Moose Jaw Warriors prospect is something he is very excited with, “I was very excited—it was dream come true.  Being selected in the first round is an honour—the whole experience has been surreal,” said Point. 

Smaller forwards with the scoring ‘touch’ have found the WHL a great place to rack up points.  Former Warrior Jason Bast, stood only 5’9” in his 20 year old season and found success in the league.  Brayden could likely be more closely compared to a Brandon Kozun type scorer who put up 270 points in his WHL career with the Calgary Hitmen.

With a new facility on the way, Brayden has his sight set on a future with the Warriors in the new Multiplex.  “I have heard nothing but good things about the new facility in Moose Jaw,” stated Brayden of the Warriors new home. 

Point plans to show Moose Jaw fans and the coaching staff what he has to offer in June, “I am going to come in and show them that I am a hard worker and willing to go in the corners against the big guys.”  “I hope to show that I can score and that I am a play maker when I am on the ice,” added Point. 

Brayden Point will be skating at the upcoming Prospects Camp in June.  Although you won’t see Brayden on next year’s roster, he will be one to watch over the next season and into the future.  

Watch for a feature on a different Warrior prospect each day leading up to Camp. 

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