There’s much chatter around the forwards playing for Team Canada in the 2015 World Junior Hockey tournament. Most of it has to do with Connor MacDavid or the team’s de facto top line of Sam Reinhart, Max Domi and Anthony DuClair. Fine players all…but after Canada’s first two games (shutout wins over Slovakia and Germany), one of the best players on the ice has been Robby Fabbri – and each time the team’s “13th forward,” Brayden Point, gets on the ice, interesting things happen.
Point’s ample skills and vision were on display a couple of weeks ago when he was easily the best player on the rink in a Team Canada warm-up in Toronto v a squad of all-stars drawn from three local universities. Admittedly, Canada was missing its top forwards named above plus captain Curtis Lazar, and ok, the opposition wasn’t quite up to even Slovakian standards – but Point still dominated the game like no one else in a red jersey.
Listed at only 5’8″ and 160 lbs, Point was drafted in the 3rd round, 79th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning – but may have a hard job making the pros unless he does some serious time in the weight room. But who knows? The game, even in the NHL, is shifting inexorably to favour players with exactly Point’s combination of speed, technique, and ability to see plays before they develop (Patrick Kane is no behemoth).
A chance to shine and a good next week of hockey could make a strong case for @braydenpoint19.