Brayden Point

Brayden Olafson

2018-03-12

Brayden Point, C

Shoots: R

Height: 5-10

Weight: 166

Born: 1996-03-12

Hometown: Calgary, AB, CAN

Drafted: 2014 by Tampa Bay Lightning, 79th overall

 

Observations:

March 2018 – After a successful rookie campaign in which Point was flooded with injury-replacement ice-time not typically awarded to an inexperienced center, the sophomore has come back to prove that he was more than just a flash in the pan, and has earned every bit of that ice time back. Point's emergence as a legitimate top-6 forward will give the Lightning even further flexibility with their salary cap in the coming years, as he still has another season remaining on his ELC. Point has proven to be especially effective 3-on-3 in overtime, potting a league leading (tied with Brad Marchand) four overtime winners. Brayden Olafson
 

November 2017 – In his second full professional campaign, "Tyler Johnson-lite" has become the Tyler Johnson replacement. While the Lightning top line that includes Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov has absorbed much of the attention directed towards the South Florida squad, Point has been discreetly dominating the scoresheet in the background. The sneaky center is on pace to nearly double his previous point total, although his shooting percentage is up slightly from a year ago. Offensively driving the 5-on-5 production of himself, Ondrej Palat and Yanni Gourde – Point is in a position to be the long-term beneficiary of Tyler Johnson's decline in Tampa. In his current situation, it would not be unexpected to see Point develop into a perennial 65-point pivot. Brayden Olafson

July 2017 – The Lightning extended RFA center, Tyler Johnson for the next seven years this week. Point, who's often been compared to Johnson in terms of playing characteristics could be road-blocked by this extension as the Lightning depth at center leaves him comfortably in the third slot. Injuries throughout the lineup were a benefactor to Point's success in his rookie campaign, however without that same opportunity, his development curve may slow. There is still the opportunity for him to command time on the power play, and he's proved in the past that he is more than capable of making good on that. The possibility remains, despite his long term promise, that Point could be a candidate for somewhat of a sophomore slump. Brayden Olafson

February 2017 – Point made an impression at camp and earned a spot with the big club to start the season. His initial offensive output was impressive, especially for being part of such a deep lineup and one which he wasn’t fully expected to be a part of prior to camp. After sitting out January with a hand injury, Point returned to the lineup in a somewhat reduced capacity compared to his pre-injury usage. As long as the rookie is able to regain the trust of coach Cooper, his offensive output should continue to improve. Point will be exempt from the Vegas expansion draft and therefore likely have a solid opportunity to carve out a permanent position in the Lightning’s top six. Brayden Olafson

September 2016 – After finishing his WHL career, Brayden Point will be beginning his professional career this season with the Tampa Bay Lightning organization. Whether it will begin with the Lightning or the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL is still unknown, but he will certainly be competing for NHL games this year if he does not make the team out of camp. His size has always been a factor in assessing his performance, so the faster and more physical play at the professional level will test the theor