Brandon Hickey

by Keith Duggan on June 14, 2018
Hickey courtesy of the Calgary Sun

Brandon Hickey, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-02

Weight: 190lbs

Born: 1996-04-13

Hometown: Edmonton, AB, CAN

Drafted: 2014 by Calgary Flames, 64th overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

June 2018- Almost a full year later after having his rights traded to the Coyotes, Hickey’s been dealt once again, this time to the Buffalo Sabres along with Mike Sislo for Hudson Facshing. The defenseman completed a solid senior year at BU last season, serving as the team captain he scored six goals and eight assists in 35 games. Hickey’s agent, Kevin Epp had come out in March saying that he didn’t expect to sign with the Coyotes. Hickey wanted a chance at a bigger role than he thought was available in Arizona. Keith Duggan

June 2017- Hickey’s rights have been traded to the Arizona Coyotes as part of a blockbuster deal that saw him, a conditional third-round pick (becomes a second-round pick if Flames make playoff’s) and Chad Johnson for goalie Mike Smith. Hickey joins a budding but not very deep defenseman prospect pool in Arizona while leaving Calagry’s that saw him buried behind blueliners like Oliver Kylington, Rasmus Anderson, Adam Fox and Brett Kulak. He plans on playing his senior year this coming season at BU, where Hickey has been named team captain. Keith Duggan

 

May 2017 – The fantasy value of Hickey is slipping, but his performance on the ice is still slowly growing. His shot totals have gone down since his rookie year but his leadership and pro qualities still improve. He has the ability to shut down top defenders and battle night in and night out. If you are still one of those believers that Hickey will turn into the next Brodie, you can let that go. He is still on a solid development path but with returning as a college senior and the prospects in Calgary’s system, there are questions where he fits. Overall, his fantasy value slightly decreased this year. – Joel Henderson

 

Nov 2016: Hickey has played with quite a few talented prospects in his time with Boston university. This season is no exception (Keller, Bellows, Fabbro, McAvoy, Greenway, etc). Do not judge him purely from stats alone. He still remains a strong skater and a fantastic two-way player. His fantasy value remains from his potential to still be a Top-4 NHL Dman one day. – Joel Henderson

 

Apr 2016 – Numbers never tell the full story. Brandon Hickey is a prospect who has value beyond his production numbers. However, the second half of his season wasn’t a shining example of what he can provide. It might have been a tale of two seasons for him before and after the World Juniors. His strong traits involve his skating and his ability to think the game at a high level. He will be heading back to the NCAA for his junior year. – Joel Henderson

 

Dec 2015 – Brandon Hickey has officially been named to Team Canada at the WJC in Finland. He beat out two very talented players and hats off to him and this is just another confirmation on how his game has elevated since being taken in the third round. He role will most likely be special teams PK and allowing his defense partner to be more active offensively since Hickey can cover ground with his smooth skating abilities. – Joel Henderson

 

Dec 2015 – After being one of 34 invites to Team Canada camp in the summer, he received an invite to WJC camp as well. He is the only college Canadian receiving an invitation and falls into a special category of players. It is common that coaches from WHL aren’t as familiar with those from the QMJHL and so forth. Hickey falls into a special category as every step he takes is passing others who coaches are more familiar with. He will be travelling over to Finland as one of nine defensemen and he will need to impress in order to stick around. Make no mistake, he has all the tools to grab a permanent spot and both his skating ability and hockey sense would be big additions to Team Canada. – Joel Henderson

 

Oct 2015 – Hickey started his season as a minus-three with two shots. – Joel Henderson

 

May 2015 – Hickey was the first of only two players drafted out of the AJHL in 2014, while playing for Spruce Grove. He began to really impress scouts while helping his team win the 2014 AJHL title; developing his offensive instincts and contributing 27 points in 62 games for the Saints. He joined the rebuilding Boston University team in order to play significant minutes right away and improve his overall two way game. In his rookie campaign he led the team in blocked shots (89), and contributed 17 points in 41 games. He is still a raw prospect who had a solid first NCAA season.

 

Brandon Hickey had quite the significant role for a freshman and it suited him just fine. Hickey was scouted to be a raw prospect from a lesser league who scouts believed could develop into being a great skating, two-way, puck moving defenseman. His hockey sense happens to be one of his best attributes as well; using his smooth skating to his advantage in order to create great positioning for his effective stick work. Hickey is still working on his aggressiveness and toughness in the corners but his overall defensive abilities are quite promising. He will also be working on his release and accuracy, as his shot seems average. However, as his role with BU grows, so will his ability to put points on the board by his effective neutral zone passing, ability to join the rush, and getting shots on net from the point. Consider him a top tier skating prospect in the Flames system moving forward.  Joel Henderson

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

Within the current Flames system, Hickey plays the exact game to be fantasy relevant in the future. Deep raw fantasy sleeper that will probably turn pro after 2016-17.

 

 

Footage:

Solid D, transition, ability to jump in the play (#4, at 1:04 – 1:22 and on)

 

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