Lightning Select Brett Howden

 

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Photo courtesy of the Moose Jaw Warriors

With the 27th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning select Brett Howden, who is a center that played in the WHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors. You will not see this kid for another two or three years, which is okay, as the Lightning love to groom their prospects. He fits the team well with his two-way play on the ice and his big body, which he stands at 6’3″ and weighs in at 190 pounds. He is a left handed shooter that is a balance player that can score and assist well.

Furthermore, Howden is a strong defender, solid two-way player, good skater, and is skilled in all three zones with a good shot to go with his overall game. He will not be a first line type player, but if he reaches his full potential, he could become a second line guy, but I see him being a solid third line guy. Will need to add more muscle to become an even better two-way player. He reminds me of Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers. He is a better talent than Couturier, but is the same type of player in style.

Finally, Howden improved in every season at Moose Jaw. Last year was his best year by playing in 68 games and producing 24 goals with 40 assists for 64 total points. His plus and minus improved tremendously, as he finished last year with a minus seven, which in the season before, he had a minus 31. Interestingly, in ten playoff games this past season, he produced 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists).

Grade: B+

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