Player Profile: Brayden Yager

NAME: Brayden Yager

TEAM: Saskatoon Contacts (SMHL)

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’0/165lbs

POSITION: Center

HAND: Right

DRAFTGEEK RANK: 2ND


SKATING: 4.5 SKILL: 4.5 SHOT: 4.5 SMARTS: 4.75 PHYSICAL: 5

STRENGTH:

  • Elite Smarts + Offensive Instincts
  • Structure and Execution
  • Separation Speed
  • Perseverance through Physicality
  • Cycle Play + Chip Plays

AREAS TO IMPROVE:

  • Continue to Improve on Strengths
  • Offensive Imagination

REPORT: Highly touted for a long time, Brayden Yager first made a name for himself when he played as an underage player in Bantam where he produced 59 points for the Martensville Marauders. The next season he almost doubled that amount by producing 103 points. This season he chose to test his abilities against older players and played Midget with the Saskatoon Contacts where he had 42 points in 44 games. Yager applied for exceptional status alongside teammate Riley Heidt, but we have not heard anything on it since. Yager is a dynamic player who has little to no holes to his game; he is elite in almost every area and has the potential to be the face of the WHL in a few years. Blessed with grown physical tools and elite skating abilities, Yager is going to be a coach’s dream as he’s able to be effective in almost every scenario imaginable. Off the cycle he can use his size and footspeed to create space for himself and to protect the puck while attacking the middle, he is very controlled in traffic and can effortlessly shake off defenders with his frame. Yager can both shoot and pass at a high level, and he’s got a really hard and accurate shot that comes off his stick with lightning speed and forces goalies to react in a hurry. A brilliant player who possesses impressive offensive imagination that he executes on, showing confidence in his reads and delivery on complicated plays that scouts are amazed by. Quick hands and the ability to blend in head fakes or lateral movement with his feet to fake out defenders and create a lane for himself. Yager does everything with a purpose; he’s one of the most consistently efficient player you will find. Nothing that he does is just for the sake of it, and he is constantly finding himself around the puck. One major thing about Yager that is impressive is the structure for which he plays in; there are no turnovers or mistakes with the kid. He’s got a very pro-style of game. Yager has this rare ability where he able to use the perimeter of the zone and force players to collapse by constantly threatening a shot to the net; he will swoop up high and surveil the ice-making opposing players believe he gets it around the net. It’s a very deceiving and rare attribute to a player – he’s able to box in defending players with his offence. Plays a really responsible 200-foot game and while he doesn’t throw many big hits battles hard along the boards and net front. Yager also has that pest side to his game as he loves to get under the opponent’s skin similar to current WHLer Connor Zary. It is also important to note that Yager is the centre on that line with Heidt.