When a player stands 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, exceptional tools become prerequisites to find success in high level hockey.
Luckily for Brayden Point, he’s been blessed with just that.
The pint-sized Moose Jaw Warriors standout has a lot going for him that stand out more than his lack of size, according to Future Considerations’ WHL scout Zenon Herasymiuk.
“Although he’s a small guy, Point uses his elite hockey sense and top-notch scoring skills to make himself an impact player,” Herasymiuk said. “Despite his size, Point goes to the tough areas and isn’t afraid to battle along the boards.”
Point’s lack of fear to engage in battles combined with his extensive skill set make him a force to be reckoned with on offense and once he controls the puck below the hash marks, defenders go into DEFCON-1 to try and contain him. The 23 goal, 57 point season he recorded last year are evidence of just that.
And at this point, there’s no need to try and define Point’s role – whether it be a playmaker or goal scorer – because it’s all of the above.
“He is as good of a playmaker as he is a goal scorer. Passes just as good as he shoots,” Herasymiuk said. “He seems to make something happen every time he is on the ice.”
That brand of explosive offensive prowess is primarily what has Point 19th in FC’s preliminary ranking of the 2014 NHL Draft. With a strong season in the WHL, there’s no telling how high he could climb by seasons end.
Some time in the gym could yield immediate improvement in his overall size and strength.
But regardless if he manages to show gains on that front, Herasymiuk said Point one of the most interesting draft eligible prospects based on his toolbox come June.
“Some time in the gym would benefit him greatly as he’s not yet at an optimal size for his game but with his unique package of character and scoring ability, Point has a chance to be drafted in the front end of the 2014 draft.”