Brett Howden

by olafson1393 on April 12, 2017

 

 

Brett Howden, C

 

Shoots: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 192

Born: 1998-03-29

Hometown: Oakbank, MAN, Canada

Drafted: 2016 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 27th overall

 

Observations:

April 2017 - Howden's Moose Jaw Warriors were eliminated from the WHL playoffs in seven games by the Swift Current Broncos. He immediately joined the Syracuse Crunch for their final push to the AHL playoffs. The 2016 first round pick just turned 19 and will be eligible to return to the Warriors next season, however this audition with the Crunch could be pivotal in determining if the center will be given the opportunity for more than just pre-season action with the Lightning. In two games with the Crunch, Howden has scored one goal which was a tip from the right circle on the power play. Keeping his defensive game intact will be just as important to this audition as his offence.  Brayden Olafson

 

February 2017 – The Moose Jaw Warriors' captain signed his entry-level contract with the Lightning at the end of December after a smooth return from injury in the WHL. His 180-foot game could prove to be a valuable trait as he makes a push to the pros. Besides remaining consistent in his defensive growth, Howden has made a significant jump in offensive production since being drafted and will be a major factor in the Warriors' playoff push. Depending on the results of the expansion draft, the former first-rounder could challenge the odds at training camp and earn an extended look to open the 2017-18 campaign.

June 2016 – Howden was the Lightning’s first-round selection in the 2016 NHL draft. A valued two-way center with the Moose Jaw Warriors, with power and skill he was able to help the Warriors reach the WHL playoffs. Howden was a major impact during the post-season, scoring 15 points in 10 games. His presence is noticeable on the ice due to his huge effort and ability to create plays. His left-handed shot is not the most powerful and won’t beat the goalie cleanly. Another season in the WHL with the Warriors will allow him to develop his scoring touch and build his frame. Max Marko

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

Howden has a high ceiling based on his strong effort alone and his willingness to attempt any challenge a coach or management could possibly put him through. His shot is rather weak but he will be a good bottom-six playmaker soon.

 

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