Double draft pick (most recently Winnipeg Jets‘ 7th round in the 2013 draft, #190 overall) rookie defenseman Brenden Kichton(8) was making a huge splash on the back line in his last few years of juniors with Spokane Chiefs.
He managed 240 assists in 202 WHL games, good enough for most helpers in the league from 2010-2012 and lead all d-men in points those years as well.
It’s surprising his number slipped so far down in the most recent draft, especially considering his offensive explosion.
He was originally taken by New York Islanders in the 5th round of 2011 (#127 overall) but failed to work out a contract with the team.
The 6′ 190 lbs. blue liner was also invited to join Detroit Red Wings‘ prospect camp in 2010.
He was reassigned to Winnipeg‘s minor league affiliate St. John’s IceCaps to start his debut campaign and has continued to effectively head man the puck for scoring chances. In 17 AHL games he has 2 goals and 9 assists with a +5 rating.
Signed to a three-year entry level deal, the 21-year old looks to have a bright future ahead of him and will likely realize his first NHL recall this season.