Defense wins championships. We’ve all heard the phrase. Most coaches have probably said it at some point in time. It’s the go-to line when firing up talented offensive players who don’t commit defensively. It’s also the perfect justification for teams who draft defensive blueliners high in the draft. That’s where Braden Schneider comes into play. He might be the drafts top pure defensive blueliner in the 2020 draft class.
Just five days from being eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft, Schneider is one of the older players in the draft class. Expected to be a bit more NHL-ready than most prospects, the Wheat Kings defender understands the defensive game, reading incoming rushes and disrupting them and making the safe play. His style of play should translate to the next level quite well but may not present the greatest upside in terms of offensive potential. This style of play led to him almost making the Canadian World Junior squad after showing well at last summer’s World Junior Summer Showcase and strong defensive play early in the year in Brandon.
Braden Schneider bio information courtesy of Elite Prospects
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