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InFlight Vol. I: Prospect Profile - Brenden Kichton

Monday, 07.10.2013 / 1:59 PM / Feature
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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InFlight Vol. I: Prospect Profile - Brenden Kichton
Prospect Profile: Brenden Kichton

There aren’t too many seventh-round draft picks who have put up three 70-plus point seasons consecutively, from the blueline. Brenden Kichton is one of them, and he wears a Winnipeg Jets jersey along with his new three-year, entry-level contract.

The Spruce Grove, AB native played five seasons with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League for 333 career games, 268 points (67g, 201a) and 143 career penalty minutes. The 6’0 190-pound defenceman not only led the Chiefs in points in 2012-13, but also won the WHL Defenceman of the Year award after leading all defenceman in scoring with 74 points, including 57 assists. In 71 games, Kichton scored 17 goals with a plus-minus 25.

“It was a great season,” said Kichton. “We lost to a pretty good Portland team in the second round but overall I was happy with how my season went. For me, I just did what I was able to do over the last two years. I’ve had a really good coach, Don Nachbaur, who allowed me to do what I can do. That’s really helped me a lot through the years.”

Nachbaur was quick to attest to Kichton’s strengths and attributes as a player.

"Brenden was an excellent player to coach,” said Nachbaur. “He was a very driven athlete who continued to get better year after year. Kich was extremely dedicated to the game of hockey and took very good care of himself. There is no question he obtained his success from his dedication and hard work, but he never accepted being average or having an off night.

“Although Brenden is not an overly big player, he was extremely competitive, possessed excellent skills and was an elite player in Major Junior Hockey. He worked his way into becoming one of the best two-way defensemen in the Western Hockey League, and this is a credit to his character and drive. This is why he was selected to lead our club as Team Captain."

General Manager of the Spokane Chiefs, Tim Speltz, will remember the captain for his strong leadership skills and dedication to the club.

“Brenden was a great player during his time with our organization,” said Speltz. “He was patient as a young player and waited for his chance to contribute. He quickly flourished when presented the opportunity because of his off-ice commitment and dedication. Brenden was a great example for our younger players with his work ethic and professional approach to the game. He was a great leader offensively while never compromising the defensive side of the game.”

Last June wasn’t the first time Kichton heard his name called at the NHL Draft, he was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the fifth round, 127th overall, in 2011. When the Isles’ failed to close a deal with Kichton, he was placed back into the draft class for 2013. The Winnipeg Jets were happy to see his name available in the seventh round and selected him 190th overall. The 21-year-old inked a three-year contract with the Jets on August 28th, 2013.

“On draft day, I really didn’t know if I was going to get drafted or not, or whether it was the best thing for me,” said Kichton. “When the Jets picked me I was really excited and happy to come to a hockey market. It was a great feeling.”

Kichton attended the Winnipeg Jets Development Camp in July, as well as the Young Stars Classic rookie tournament in Penticton, BC in September. He went in looking to make an impression and did just that, recording a pair of goals in the first game and finished with four points in the three-game tournament.

“We knew that he had a real offensive upside,” said Jets’ prospects, and St. John’s IceCaps head coach, Keith McCambridge. “That was obviously there with a real good presence in the first game, but I also thought defensively, he made some good reads. I thought he moved the puck up the ice efficiently, so good first impression for me. I know we saw him in development camp but from a coaching side of things, this is different as they are getting ready for training camp and the season.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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