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Brayden Point
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Born March 13 1996 (1996-03-13) (age 23),
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team Tampa Bay Lightning
Ntl. team Flag of Canada Canada
NHL Draft 79th overall, 2014
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2015–present

Brayden Point (born March 13, 1996) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Lightning selected Point in the third round, 79th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

Major junior careerEdit

Point was drafted in the first round, fourteenth overall by the Moose Jaw Warriors of the 2011 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft.[1] In his first full season with the club, he scored 24 goals and 57 points in 67 games. At the conclusion of the season, Point was selected in the fifth round, 167th overall by Traktor Chelyabinsk in the 2013 KHL Junior Draft.[2]

In his NHL draft year, Point led the Warriors in scoring with 36 goals and 91 points in 72 games. His play was rewarded by his participation in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game#2014 BMO Top Prospects Game.[3] Point was ranked 31st among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Services. He was drafted in the third round, 79th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Point returned to the Warriors for the 2014–15 season, where he once again led the team in scoring. On March 26, 2015, the Lightning signed Point to a three-year, entry-level contract.[4] At the conclusion of the season, Point joined the Lightning's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. In nine games for the Crunch, he recorded two goals and two assists. He also went scoreless in two postseason games.

In his final year with the Warriors, Point had 35 goals and 88 points in 48 games.

Professional careerEdit

Tampa Bay LightningEdit

On October 11, 2016, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced Point had made the opening night roster out of training camp. Point had had an impressive training camp, recording three preseason goals. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos stated that he believed Point deserved to play in the NHL. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman stated that the team "felt like he's earned the right for us to give him a look right off the bat."[5] On October 13, 2016, Point made his NHL debut in a 6-4 Lightning win over the visiting Detroit Red Wings.[6] On October 15, 2016, Point recorded his first NHL point, which came when he assisted on Valtteri Filppula's game winner in the 3rd period. The win came against the visiting New Jersey Devils.[7] On October 18, 2016, Point recorded his first NHL shootout goal on his first attempt against goaltender James Reimer of the Florida Panthers.[8] In doing so, Point became the 27th player to score in the shootout before their first career NHL goal. Additionally, he became just the thirteenth player to get the shootout decider before their first career goal.[9] On November 5, 2016, Point recorded his first career NHL goal in a 4–1 win over the visiting New Jersey Devils. The goal came on the power play off a redirection of Nikita Kucherov's slap shot, which beat goaltender Cory Schneider.[10]

On December 29, 2016, the Lightning announced that Point would miss the next 4–6 weeks with an upper body injury. The injury was sustained in a game against the Montreal Canadiens the night before.[11] On January 31, 2017, Point returned to the lineup against the Boston Bruins.[12] On April 10, 2017, Point was named the NHL Third Star of the Week.[13] On January 24, 2018, Point was named to the 2018 NHL All-Star Game. Point replaced injured teammate Victor Hedman. This was Point's first selection to the All-Star Game.[14] After the All-Star break, Point was the 3rd highest scorer on his team, and the top game winning goal scorer, with 10 goals. On April 12, 2018, Point appeared in his first career NHL Stanley Cup playoff game in a 5–2 Lightning win over the visiting New Jersey Devils.[15] Point recorded his first career playoff assist and point in the Lightning victory.[16][17] On April 14, 2018, Point recorded his first career playoff goal, which came in a 5–3 Lightning win over the Devils at Amalie Arena.[18][19]

Point recorded his first career natural hat-trick in a 4–3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on November 15, 2018. He recorded his three goals within 1 minute and 31 seconds,the sixth-fastest three goals scored in NHL history.[20]

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2017 Germany/France
IIHF World U20 Championship
Gold 2015 Canada
IIHF World U18 Championship
Bronze 2014 Finland

As a 16-year-old, he was named an alternate captain for fifth place Canada Pacific in the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Challenge.[21] As a 17-year-old, Point was chosen to compete with the Canadian U-18 squad at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament[22] where he won a gold medal and MVP honours,[23] and he also helped Team Canada capture the bronze medal at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships.[24] Brayden was also named to the Team Canada roster that captured a gold medal at the 2015 IIHF U20 World Junior Championships.[25]

On April 12, 2017, Point was named to Canada's men's national ice hockey team for the 2017 IIHF World Championship.[26] On May 21, 2017, Point earned a silver medal with Team Canada when they were defeated by Team Sweden 2–1.[27]

Personal lifeEdit

Point is the younger brother of Riley Point, who also played for the Canmore Eagles. The two brothers played together for four games while Point was a call up.[28]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Canmore Eagles AJHL 4 2 2 4 0
2011–12 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 5 1 0 1 0 14 7 3 10 2
2012–13 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 67 24 33 57 26
2013–14 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 72 36 55 91 53
2014–15 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 60 38 49 87 46
2014–15 Syracuse Crunch AHL 9 2 2 4 2 2 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 48 35 53 88 36 10 6 10 16 10
2016–17 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 68 18 22 40 14
2017–18 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 32 34 66 24 17 7 9 16 10
2018–19 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 79 41 51 92 28 4 1 0 1 5
NHL totals 229 91 107 198 66 21 8 9 17 15

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Canada IH18 Gold medal icon 5 1 3 4 2
2013 Canada Pacific WHC17 5th 5 2 3 5 14
2014 Canada WJC18 Bronze medal icon 4 0 2 2 2
2015 Canada WJC Gold medal icon 7 2 2 4 4
2016 Canada WJC 6th 5 1 4 5 0
2017 Canada WC Silver medal icon 10 4 1 5 0
Junior totals 26 6 14 20 22
Senior totals 104150

Awards and honoursEdit

Honours Year
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Gold Medal (MVP) 2013 [29]
World U-17 Hockey Challenge (Silver with Canada Pacific) 2014 [30]
CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (Team Orr) 2014 [31]
IIHF World U18 Championship Bronze Medal 2014 [32]
IIHF World U20 Championships Gold Medal 2015 [33]
Ice Hockey World Championships Silver Medal 2017 [34]
National Hockey League All-Star Game 2018 [35]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2010 WHL bantam draft results. Western Hockey League (2012-04-05). Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved on 2014-05-28.
  2. The full results from Donetsk of the KHL Junior Draft 2013. Kontinental Hockey League (2013-07-02). Retrieved on 2014-01-02.
  3. Warriors Brayden Point added to Team Orr. Canadian Hockey League (2014-01-02). Retrieved on 2014-05-28.
  4. Lightning sign Brayden Point to entry-level contract. Retrieved on March 26, 2015.
  5. Smithy, Joe (October 11, 2016). Brayden Point makes Lightning roster. Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved on October 11, 2016.
  6. Smithy, Joe (October 13, 2016). Lightning opens season with win over Red Wings. Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved on October 14, 2016.
  7. Smithy, Joe (October 15, 2016). Lightning goalie Vasilevskiy big when needed in first start. Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved on October 16, 2016.
  8. Burns, Bryan (October 18, 2016). Burns: 3 Things from a shootout win over Florida. Tampa Bay Lightning.com. Retrieved on October 19, 2016.
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  10. Long, Corey (November 5, 2016). Ben Bishop makes 37 saves in Lightning win. NHL.com. Retrieved on November 5, 2016.
  11. Smith, Joe (December 29, 2016). Lightning rookie Brayden Point out 4-6 weeks. Tampa Bay Times.com. Retrieved on December 29, 2016.
  12. Long, Corey (January 31, 2017). Bruins sneak past Lightning, win third straight. NHL.com. Retrieved on February 14, 2017.
  13. Craig Anderson leads 3 Stars of the Week. NHL (April 10, 2017).
  14. NHL (January 24, 2018). Brayden Point to replace Victor Hedman on All-Star roster. NHL.com. Retrieved on January 24, 2018.
  15. Mooney, Roger (April 12, 2018). Tony Cirelli makes his playoff presence felt immediately for Lightning. Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved on April 15, 2018.
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  17. Long, Corey (April 12, 2018). Lightning handle Devils in Game 1 win. National Hockey League. Retrieved on April 15, 2018.
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  19. Long, Corey (April 14, 2018). Lightning score five against Devils in Game 2, extend series lead. National Hockey League. Retrieved on April 15, 2018.
  20. Point scores hat trick in 1:31 as Lightning beat Penguins (November 15, 2018). Retrieved on November 15, 2018.
  21. Point Named To Team Pacific
  22. Joe Hicketts named to Team Canada U-18 Team | The Zone @ 91-3 Template:Webarchive
  23. Brayden Point: 2014 NHL Draft Prospect Profile - In Lou We Trust
  24. Canada Wins Bronze At U18s - Local Sports - DiscoverMooseJaw.com
  25. http://stats.hockeycanada.ca/roster/show/1245174?subseason=164558&_ga=1.234763422.1030416643.1450896154
  26. Smithy, Joe (April 4, 2017). Lightning's Brayden Point to play for Team Canada. Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved on April 4, 2017.
  27. Sweden defeats Canada in shootout to win 2017 IIHF world title. Sportsnet (May 21, 2017).
  28. How Canmore gave Brayden Point a chance to play with his brother (February 9, 2018). Retrieved on June 26, 2018.
  29. Hockey's Future - Brayden Point
  30. 2014 NHL Draft Profile #44: Brayden Point - Last Word On Sports
  31. Brayden Point: 2014 NHL Top Prospect - Winnipeg Hockey Talk
  32. CHL Network
  33. 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Roster
  34. Sweden defeats Canada in shootout to win 2017 IIHF world title. Sportsnet (May 21, 2017).
  35. NHL (January 24, 2018). Brayden Point to replace Victor Hedman on All-Star roster. NHL.com. Retrieved on January 24, 2018.

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