Prospect Profile: Brandon Whynott

Name: Brandon Whynott

Team: Yale Lions (CSSHL)

Position: Right Wing

Hometown: Langley, British Columbia

Height/Weight: 6’0 155lbs

Hand: Right

WHL Draft: 35th Overall – Calgary Hitmen

DraftGeek Rank: 66th


 

Areas of Strength

  • Explosiveness
  • Tenacity
  • In Tight Finishing

Areas of Weakness

  • Discipline
  • Adjustments off rush
  • Outside Playmaking

Report: One of the purest power wingers in the draft, Brandon Whynott fit into the role and large physical winger with ease. Whynott plays a straight line game in which he blends bursting acceleration with constant pressure into a hard hitting package. Early on in the year I compared his game to Kobe Verbicky, a straight line player who could fire heavy shots on net and followed such with some nastiness around the net. But as the season progressed Whynott began to play with a bigger mean streak than Verbicky did and grittiness translated into a player who was intimidating for defenders retrieving pucks below the goal line. He’s not only a powerful skater whose stride covers a tonne of space quickly, he also lands his checks cleanly and with precise timing. This sort of play opens up a lot of ice for line mates, taking a defender out of an equation and allowing skill players to go to the area’s they succeed in without having to worry about getting involved in the fore checker as Whynott was always F1. His aggressiveness and determination made him tough to play against, there were times this year when Whynott would come down on defenders to make a check and they would just leave the puck. Whynott skillset is also not only to look away from, he’s capable of greeting space with nifty puck handling and adjust his hands on his stick to gain control of the puck. Willing to go to the dirty areas to score goals and a clever finisher around the net, in control when driving the net Whynott drives the far post on the rush and is displays a strong stick as a target for the puck carrier to rip a pass to. The kid is fearless and earns him production. Early on in the year, I am not going to lie I didn’t like how he played. He was undisciplined with his hits and with his shots, but he settled down late in the year, rarely getting actual penalty calls and aiming more often for far pads shots. Defensively Whynott is engaged and tight to his defensive assignment, much like his fore-checking mindset, he finishes his checks on defenders and gets right back to being focused on the play. Whynott’s pace adjustment also improved and teams always like kids that can execute at top speed like Whynott can. In general, Whynott is a tenacious individual who plays with a similar aggressiveness to Craig Armstrong from last year’s draft. Able to settle into a supporting role and thrive.