Though Edmonton Oilers 2017 sixth-round draft pick Skyler Brind’Amour doesn’t have a lot of pro hockey experience so far, he packs a lot of potential.
Son of NHL legend Rod, Brind’Amour is an up-and-coming centre who is still building his hockey resume. While there isn’t much to be found on the 18-year-old forward, he does show a lot of skill and could turn into a late-round gem as he continues to develop.
Brind’Amour will play with the BCJHL’s Chilliwack Chiefs this coming season and will play NCAA hockey with Michigan State University in 2019-20. During the 2016-17 campaign, he played with the Selects Hockey Academy 18U team and represented the U.S. National Team at the U17 and U18 level. He also played eight games as part of the U.S. National Team Development Program.
During the 2016-17 campaign, he played with the Selects Hockey Academy 18U team, scoring three goals and nine points in six games. Brind’Amour also represented the U.S. National Team at the U17 and U18 level, finishing with a lone point in eight games split between both teams. He also played eight games as part of the U.S. National Team Development Program, finishing with a point.
According to scouting reports, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound forward has great size and uses it to his advantage. He also takes great care of the puck and works well under pressure, and his game compares to that of OHL players.
While Brind’Amour hasn’t taken the junior hockey path, he is good enough to play at this level. He is a confident young player who can work wonders with the puck and play a solid two-way game. His size will also help him as he grows and develops; however, he will have to likely have to add more bulk to his frame if he wants to compete at the bigger levels.
Though he is not one of the biggest names in North American hockey, Brind’Amour is already a college hockey commit. And, as he moves up the ranks and plays more games, he will likely shine brighter. The Oilers may have very well gotten a sleeper pick in him, and fans should keep an eye on him.