NAME: Brady Birnie
TEAM: Regina Monarchs
DRAFT RANKINGS: 63RD
|SKATING: 3.75||SKILL: 4||SHOT: 3||SMARTS: 4.25||PHYSICAL: 3|
Brady Birnie had the luxury this past season of playing on one of the best lines in Western Canada bantam hockey. Playing alongside Sam Oremba and relative Carson Birnie, Brady posted 128 points in 31 games in the regular season. Birnie is an intelligent player who knows how to play off of a player like Oremba, he’s sneaky and goes to those back door spots or soft areas in the slot undetected and in ready position for a feed. Him and Oremba work well off of each other, they have natural chemistry as they always know where the other is on the ice. With clever hockey sense and quick feet, Birnie is able to elude defenders effortlessly and get behind them with or without the puck. Self-sufficient himself, Birnie knows how to adjust his pace and push defenders down, using the space given to wind up his release and accurately put the puck where he needs to. Though small he has a bit of a nasty side to his game and he seems to always be first to the puck around the net. Capable of handling errant passes with ease. Birnie could end up being a top scorer in the SJHL someday but he could also end up being a top six player in the WHL, a great complimentary piece on a line.