With the 29th overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the Vegas Golden Knights selected Brendan Brisson. Brisson is a freshman at the University of Michigan and his father Pat is a noted agent.
Brisson attended the famed Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school before going to the Chicago Steel of the USHL. In his only season with an incredibly dominant Steel club, he notched 24 goals and 59 points in just 45 games before the pandemic. That was good enough for second in the league and Rookie of the Year honors.
The Manhattan Beach, CA native is touted as having tremendous vision and hockey acumen. His ability to read and react is excellent, and he also has very good hands to go along with the mental aspects. It’s hard to understate how high on his hockey IQ many scouts are. EliteProspects called him “the best problem-solving forward in the draft not named Alexis Lafrieniere.” High praise indeed.
Where He Fits
Brisson’s combination of skills and smarts means his potential is unlimited. Playing college hockey at Michigan will also give him time to evolve in a fast-paced, physical environment. He definitely has the potential to be a top six forward for Vegas in a few years. Expect to hear his name in Hobey Baker contention as well. Down the road he could be a player that slots in on the wing at first and moves over to center in time.
The Golden Knights do not currently own a pick in the second, fourth or fifth rounds tomorrow. They have two third rounders – their own and New Jersey’s – plus picks in the sixth and seventh round.
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