Name: Brayden Point
2013-14 Team: Moose Jaw Warriors
From: Calgary, Alberta
Brayden Point is used to being called too small, it’s a knock that has followed him throughout his young career. But this sort of unshakable criticism hasn’t slowed him down, in fact, it has made beating the odds a way of life for Point.
“I’ve heard people doubt me because of my size my whole life,” says Point, who turns 18 in March. “I remember they used to say I wouldn’t be able to keep on scoring like I was once I hit the hitting level. Then I didn’t slow down so people would say bantam, then midget and now my next step is the NHL. I don’t let it bother me – it’s more just motivation.”
His play on the ice demonstrates that drive to overcome adversity. With great energy and work ethic, Point is an ideal sparkplug at centre: committed in all three zones, not shy of physicality, and great at linking up with his linemates. He has drawn comparisons to other diminutive fireballs in Brad Marchand and Moose Jaw alum Theoren Fleury, except more disciplined. In his 144 career games with the Warriors he has racked up just 79 PIMS, an accomplishment considering his gritty and physical style. Point says he models his game after Buffalo’s Tyler Ennis.
I more look up to Tyler Ennis. He’s a skilled and smart player who does a lot of the little things right. I think he’s a good comparable for who I want to play like.
Moving beyond buzzwords and intangibles, Point has earned plaudits for his playmaking and defensive skills, as well as ability at the faceoff dot. He was one of just two Moose Jaw players to dress for all 72 regular season games in 2013-14, scoring 36 goals and assisting on 55 more. His point total of 91 was 36 more than the next highest scoring Warrior.
NHL Central Scouting ranked Point 53rd in their midterm rankings, but has quickly ascended up the ranks since then. Central Scouting’s final list saw him move up to 31st, and TSN’s Craig Button projected him to be chosen late in the first round, putting him at number-24 in his March ranking.