Point at the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
March 13, 1996 |
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)|
|NHL team||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|NHL Draft||79th overall, 2014
Tampa Bay Lightning
Brayden Point (born March 13, 1996) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre. He is currently playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the National Hockey League (NHL). Point was selected by Traktor Chelyabinsk in the 5th round (167th overall) of the 2013 KHL Junior Draft. and was also drafted by the Lightning in the third round (79th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Point was drafted by the Moose Jaw Warriors in the 1st round (14th overall) of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. He has played with the Moose Jaw Warriors since the 2011-12 WHL season. His outstanding play was rewarded when he was chosen to skate in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
Prior to playing full time for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Point was rated as a top prospect and was a possible first round selection in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. However he was not taken until the third round when the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted him 79th overall. This fall in the draft has been attributed to Point's small stature, clocking in at 5'9" during the time of the draft.
During the 2013-14 season, Point set a career high in points (91) and assists (55). Point played in 204 WHL games, all with the Warriors during the past four seasons. Point registered 99 goals and 236 points over that time and has been an early WHL scoring leader for Moose Jaw in 2015-16.
At the end of the 2014-15 WHL regular season the Tampa Bay Lightning announced the signing of Point to a three-year entry level contract. At that time, Point was expected to join the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League for the remainder of the season.
On October 11, 2016, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that Point had made the opening night roster out of training camp. Point reportedly had an impressive training camp, recording three preseason goals, and garnering the attention of Lightning captain, Steven Stamkos. Stamkos stated that he believed Point deserved to play in the NHL. Additionally, 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." On October 13, 2016, Point made his NHL debut in a 6-4 Lightning win over the visiting Detroit Red Wings. 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. On October 18, 2016, Point recorded his first NHL shootout goal on his first attempt against goaltender James Reimer of the Florida Panthers. 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. 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.
On December 29, 2016, the Lightning announced that Point was to 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. On January 31, 2017, Point returned to the lineup against the Boston Bruins. On April 10, 2017, Point was named the NHL Third Star of the Week. 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. 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. Point recorded his first career playoff assist and point in the Lightning victory. On April 14, 2018, Point recorded his first career playoff goal, which came in a 5-3 Lighting win over the Devils at Amalie Arena.
|IIHF World U20 Championship|
|IIHF World U18 Championship|
As a 16-year-old, he was named an assistant captain for fifth place Canada Pacific in the 2013 World U-17 Hockey Challenge. As a 17-year-old, Point was chosen to compete with the Canadian U-18 squad at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament where he won a gold medal and MVP honours, and he also helped Team Canada capture the bronze medal at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships. Brayden was also named to the Team Canada roster that captured a gold medal at the 2015 IIHF U20 World Junior Championships.
On April 12, 2017, Point was named to Canada's men's national ice hockey team for the 2017 IIHF World Championship. On May 21, 2017, Point earned a silver medal with Team Canada when they were defeated by Team Sweden 2-1.
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.
|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||--||--||--||--||--|
|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|
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Gold Medal (MVP)||2013|||
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge (Silver with Canada Pacific)||2014|||
|CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (Team Orr)||2014|||
|IIHF World U18 Championship Bronze Medal||2014|||
|IIHF World U20 Championships Gold Medal||2015|||
|Ice Hockey World Championships Silver Medal||2017|||
|National Hockey League All-Star Game||2018|||