2016 NHL Draft

C Brett Howden

Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)

Steve Kournianos  |  06/15/2016 |  New York  |  

Photo courtesy of the Moose Jaw Warriors

Profile

Position:Center
Shoots: Left
Height/Weight: 6’2, 193 lbs
Born: March 29th, 1998 Calgary, AB

The Draft Analyst Ranking:

DEC JAN FEB MAR APR JUN
36 40 36 35 34 32

Regular Season

Season Club GP G A PTS PPG Plus/Minus
2013-14 Moose Jaw (WHL) 5 1 0 1 0.00 E
2014-15 Moose Jaw (WHL) 68 22 24 46 0.68 -31
2015-16 Moose Jaw (WHL) 68 24 40 64 0.94 -7

Playoffs

Season Club GP G A PTS PPG Plus/Minus
2015-16 Moose Jaw (WHL) 10 4 11 15 1.50 E

Scouting Report

Heady playmaker with good size and a “Follow Me” attitude who played on Moose Jaw’s top-six thanks to a combination of strong hockey sense and tenacity. One thing we noticed is how fine a passer he is — especially off his backhand — and how he threads the needle across long distances. Brett isn’t as fast as his brother (and 2010 first rounder) Quinton, but he makes up for it with the kind of no-quit attitude and sound positioning necessary for teenage centers to exploit the obvious advantage in puck skills. He’s strong on his feet and will eat defenders alive if they aren’t squared to him, but he’s more of a thinking-man’s puck rusher in that he’d rather stop short and re-asses rather than try to blow past or through a defender.

Howden owns a hard, quick wrist shot that he favors over the slap shot, but also carries a strong backhander he can elevate once inside the hash marks. He’s also strong on faceoffs and can be used in both shorthanded and late-game situations.